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How to remove "All Programs" and "Search" icons from New Start Menu (2012 R2)

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Need to remove All Programs and Search icon from New Start Menu.

I prefer GPO, need this for TS lockdown.

Thanks!
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You can remove All Programs from the Start Screen by enabling this setting in Group Policy:
User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Tools > Start Menu and Taskbar > enable Remove All Programs list from Start Menu

As for removing the Search icon I don't believe this is actually possible, at least not using Group Policy. What you can try and do is restrict what the user can actually search for by enabling the following GPOs in User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Tools > Start Menu and Taskbar:
Do not search communications

Do not search for files

Do not search Internet

Do not search programs and Control Panel items

Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts

Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts
Can't say I've tested this in 2012 R2 but I know it did work in 2008 R2. I'll do some testing on my 2012 R2 RD Session Host and get back to you.
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Thanks. :-)

Not "real" solutions, but they kind of work.
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Looks like the GPOs for disabling search in my previous post works. I did come across this GPO in User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Tools > Start Menu and Taskbar:
Search just apps from the Apps view

Enabling this GPO will at least prevent users from being able to search for anything other than Apps in the Apps view.
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I have had that one enable before; overview of options did help in nailing new start menu!
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