Prevent deletion of items in Start Menu via Group Policy?

Posted on 2014-08-06
Last Modified: 2014-09-04
I want to prevent users from deleting files that appear in the start menu on some locked-down Windows 7 installations.
Right now if a user navigates to the start menu (an essential activity for them) and hover the mouse over a particular PDF in a sub-menu (they don't have right click), they can hit the delete key and move the file to the recycle bin.  I want to prevent this behavior, yet am not seeing this as an option in GP.  Suggestions?  What else do you need to know?  Thank you.
Question by:nosliwde99
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    You can't do that
    I don't think this is possible out of the box, because start menu is part of user profile where user has got permissions to files and folders in his profile \ desktop

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    Hmmmm.   Thanks for the input.  I have the sense that there has got to be some method.  I'm open to exploring ideas beyond Group Policy if I have to (third party software).
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    You can modify the ACLs to the start menu as you can with any file or folder.
    Standard users have write/delete permissions on their personal part of the start menu only - normally, you would not want to take those away because if users cannot write there, then so called recently-used-lists would not populate, they would stop working. So you need to be careful with what you are doing.

    Let me link instructions: is a picture of the location in group policy where you can add file and folder restrictions
    The personal part of the start menu is %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
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    I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

    Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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    It should be obvious that http:#a40245537 solved this. ACLs mentioned stop deletion by restricted users.

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