Windows 2012 R2 Customization

I am looking for a way to customize what programs get added to the start menu.  I do not want to leave any room for chance and would like to remove all the other apps from this page for all users.

I also would like to customize what icons are viewable for all users in the systray. Does anyone have any documented guidance for these items?

Thanks in advance.
Todd ReiblingPresident & CEOAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Take a look at the below blog which outlines several GPO's that you can enable to restrict access to the server environment.

Todd ReiblingPresident & CEOAuthor Commented:
Thanks Will.  Actually, that is the article I used so far.  I will review it again in case I missed something.  I don't believe I saw anything specifically addressing the systray or the start menu on that article.

Again, I will revisit it to see if I missed something.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
it seems you actually need AppLocker.

AppLocker helps administrators control which applications and files users can run. These include executable files, scripts, Windows Installer files, dynamic-link libraries (DLLs), packaged apps, and packaged app installers.

be aware that you do need to meet the requirements to deploy AppLocker. basically, the general requirements are:

1. A computer running a supported operating system to create the rules. The computer can be a domain controller.
2. For Group Policy deployment, at least one computer with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) or Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed to host the AppLocker rules.
3. Computers running a supported operating system to enforce the AppLocker rules that you create.

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