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windows server gpo to remove icns form the taskbar

Posted on 2014-04-21
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I am trying to implement a gpo from a windows 2003 server for windows 7 clients. Basically i would like to remove the windows explorer icon and the internet explorer icon from the taskbar. Is this possible. I can't find any gpo that will do this.
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Question by:Shen
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by:Pasha Kravtsov
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Paste this into a notepad save it as a .vbs extension
'Credit goes to Eric G. for writing this script.
Const CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS = &H17
Const CSIDL_PROGRAMS = &H2
Const CSIDL_STARTMENU = &HB

Dim objShell, objFSO
Dim objCurrentUserStartFolder
Dim strCurrentUserStartFolderPath
Dim objAllUsersProgramsFolder
Dim strAllUsersProgramsPath
Dim objFolder
Dim objFolderItem
Dim colVerbs
Dim objVerb

Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objCurrentUserStartFolder = objShell.NameSpace (CSIDL_STARTMENU)
strCurrentUserStartFolderPath = objCurrentUserStartFolder.Self.Path
Set objAllUsersProgramsFolder = objShell.NameSpace(CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS)
strAllUsersProgramsPath = objAllUsersProgramsFolder.Self.Path

'Internet Explorer
If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs")
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Internet Explorer.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
End If
'Windows Explorer
If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories\Windows Explorer.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories")
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Windows Explorer.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
End If
'Windows Media Player
If objFSO.FileExists(strAllUsersProgramsPath & "\Windows Media Player.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strAllUsersProgramsPath)
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Windows Media Player.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
End If

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Then put that file into
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
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by:Shen
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Thank you. It worked great.  

It would be nice to add logic to bypass code when the user belongs to the domain admin or administrators group.
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by:Pasha Kravtsov
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Try this.. no guarantees that it will work as I know nothing about vbs.
Const CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS = &H17
Const CSIDL_PROGRAMS = &H2
Const CSIDL_STARTMENU = &HB

Dim objShell, objFSO
Dim objCurrentUserStartFolder
Dim strCurrentUserStartFolderPath
Dim objAllUsersProgramsFolder
Dim strAllUsersProgramsPath
Dim objFolder
Dim objFolderItem
Dim colVerbs
Dim objVerb

Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objCurrentUserStartFolder = objShell.NameSpace (CSIDL_STARTMENU)
strCurrentUserStartFolderPath = objCurrentUserStartFolder.Self.Path
Set objAllUsersProgramsFolder = objShell.NameSpace(CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS)
strAllUsersProgramsPath = objAllUsersProgramsFolder.Self.Path

If UserPerms("Admin") Then
  Message = "Hello Admin"
Else
  If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs")
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Internet Explorer.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
      If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
  End If

  'Windows Explorer
  If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories\Windows Explorer.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories")
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Windows Explorer.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
  End If

'Windows Media Player
  If objFSO.FileExists(strAllUsersProgramsPath & "\Windows Media Player.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strAllUsersProgramsPath)
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Windows Media Player.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
  End If

Wscript.echo Message

Function UserPerms (PermissionQuery)          
 UserPerms = False  ' False unless proven otherwise           
 Dim CheckFor, CmdToRun         

 Select Case Ucase(PermissionQuery)           
 'Setup aliases here           
 Case "ELEVATED"           
   CheckFor =  "S-1-16-12288"           
 Case "ADMIN"           
   CheckFor =  "S-1-5-32-544"           
 Case "ADMINISTRATOR"           
   CheckFor =  "S-1-5-32-544"           
 Case Else                  
   CheckFor = PermissionQuery                  
 End Select           

 CmdToRun = "%comspec% /c whoami /all | findstr /I /C:""" & CheckFor & """"  

 Dim oShell, returnValue        
 Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")  
 returnValue = oShell.Run(CmdToRun, 0, true)     
 If returnValue = 0 Then UserPerms = True                   
End Function

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by:Pasha Kravtsov
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If this script worked for you can you accept my solution and close the question?
thanks.
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by:Shen
ID: 40017259
it returns an errors:

line 79 - expected end
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Const CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS = &H17
Const CSIDL_PROGRAMS = &H2
Const CSIDL_STARTMENU = &HB

Dim objShell, objFSO
Dim objCurrentUserStartFolder
Dim strCurrentUserStartFolderPath
Dim objAllUsersProgramsFolder
Dim strAllUsersProgramsPath
Dim objFolder
Dim objFolderItem
Dim colVerbs
Dim objVerb

Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objCurrentUserStartFolder = objShell.NameSpace (CSIDL_STARTMENU)
strCurrentUserStartFolderPath = objCurrentUserStartFolder.Self.Path
Set objAllUsersProgramsFolder = objShell.NameSpace(CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS)
strAllUsersProgramsPath = objAllUsersProgramsFolder.Self.Path

If UserPerms("Admin") Then
  Message = "Hello Admin"
Else
  If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs")
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Internet Explorer.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
      If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
  End If

  'Windows Explorer
  If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories\Windows Explorer.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories")
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Windows Explorer.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
  End If

'Windows Media Player
  If objFSO.FileExists(strAllUsersProgramsPath & "\Windows Media Player.lnk") Then
    Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strAllUsersProgramsPath)
    Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Windows Media Player.lnk")
    Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
    For Each objVerb in colVerbs
        If Replace(objVerb.name, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    Next
  End If

  Wscript.echo Message

  Function UserPerms (PermissionQuery)          
    UserPerms = False  ' False unless proven otherwise           
    Dim CheckFor, CmdToRun         

    Select Case Ucase(PermissionQuery)           
    'Setup aliases here           
    Case "ELEVATED"           
      CheckFor =  "S-1-16-12288"           
    Case "ADMIN"           
      CheckFor =  "S-1-5-32-544"           
    Case "ADMINISTRATOR"           
      CheckFor =  "S-1-5-32-544"           
    Case Else                  
      CheckFor = PermissionQuery                  
    End Select           

    CmdToRun = "%comspec% /c whoami /all | findstr /I /C:""" & CheckFor & """"  

    Dim oShell, returnValue        
    Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")  
    returnValue = oShell.Run(CmdToRun, 0, true)     
    If returnValue = 0 Then UserPerms = True                   
  End Function
End If

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by:Shen
ID: 40019683
Thank you
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