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Office 2013 shortcuts on start menu

We are pushing out office 2013 to labs and classrooms, and we have configured GPP to place the shortcuts on the start menu via a few registry and shorcuts settings. We tested it in one lab before moving on to the next, and initially it did not work even after we did a gpupdate \force command. That next day, we went back and checked and it worked fine. So, we moved on to another lab. But this time it gave us an error message that the shortcut does not exist, and ask if we would like to remove the link from the list. I have attached what the GPP shortcuts and GPP registry settings looks likes

I feel like we need to get this working before we move on to another lab. So any help would be much appreciated.
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RantCanCommented:
Doesn't the install of office add the shortcuts to the start menu for all users?  GPO might be too flaky.  You could also do it as part of an MDT imaging task sequence.
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jwcchelpdeskAuthor Commented:
RantCan,
it does adds the folder in the start menu with the shortcuts (start->all programs->Microsoft office). However we would like to have the shortcuts pinned when you click on Start. And we do not use MDT. We are using Config Mgr 2007 to push out Office 2013. We initially we used OCT to pin the shortcuts, but that didn't work and gave us the same error. After we did some research about that, it is a flaw with OCT and Office 2013 as others were having issues as well with no solution.

Here's the TechNet article that talks about pinning shortcuts to the start menu. I used a machine in one of the labs to get the shortcut information and the registry information and that lab in working fine. But the other two labs we have tried this on, the shortcuts are there (ghosted), but gives us an error.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/dbb2dc52-72ea-48ae-b58c-35510c8d1471/how-to-pin-shortcut-to-the-start-menu-using-group-policy?forum=w7itproinstall
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RantCanCommented:
You mentioned in your OP that after 24 hours, the shortcuts worked fine; have you seen that behavior in the other labs?  What I mean is, is it just a case of waiting it out?
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jwcchelpdeskAuthor Commented:
I wish that was the case, but Unfortunately no. We have pushed it out to two additional labs: one on Wed, and the other yesterday. And today it still gives the error.
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jwcchelpdeskAuthor Commented:
We got the Office 2013 shortcuts to work on the Start Menu by doing the following in Group Policy:

1 - Kept the shortcuts preferences as is (see original shortcut attachment)
2 - Changed the registry preferences to update, and not replace. Keep in mind they must go in a particular order.
3 - Added 2 items in the Files Preferences:
       A. Delete items from "C:\users\default\AppData\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\" (may not be neccessary in your environment)
      B.  Create items in %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\ (which is copying the Office 2013 shortcut files from a network drive).

You will need to create the shortcuts first. We tried copy\paste from the Office 2013 folder to the network folder and it did not work for us. However, when we created the shortcuts in that folder, it worked.
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jwcchelpdeskAuthor Commented:
After some research and trial by error with Group Policy, we got the Office 2013 shortcuts to work on the start menu.
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