Using group policy to standardize desktops profiles

My users use a set of apps . Adobe,Office , two 3 rd party apps .fax services and print services .
Each time a  user leaves and another  starts we have to install the same group of apps again and again on the same computer for a new desktop profile .
Is there a way to create a desktop profile which contains the appropriate app settings and mappings ..,shortcuts etc through group policy? If so can you point me to relevant articles and tutorials?
Andre PAsked:
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CoralonCommented:
This is actually pretty easy to do..

Create your group policy  and you put the settings you want in the Group Policy Preferences section.  You'll find places to put in registry settings, a place to copy files, create shortcuts, etc. and all the new user profiles on the system will get those settings.

Assuming these are all user settings, you apply the group policy to the user's OU.
If there are machine settings, you'll need a 2nd GPO to apply to the machine's OU for those settings.
You can also put all the settings in the GPO for the machine's settings and the user's settings, and you will turn on Group Policy Loopback processing, in either merge mode (use both machine & user settings), or in replace mode which will prevent any GPO's from higher up in the tree from applying.

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Andre PAuthor Commented:
do you have a more step by step guide or pointer to article ?
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Andre PAuthor Commented:
Needed a little more specificity but I will work with that .
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