Disabling Programs Menu in WinXP Start Menu

By lfruchter ·
Is it possible to remove the Programs Menu from the WindowsXP Start
Menu? THAT would let me lock down a User account fiercely!

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by grant.r.johnson.ctr In reply to Disabling Programs Menu i ...

start run gpedit.msc

mess with keys, lock down galore, only applies to current user or current computer

be careful as i'm not sure how to restore settings if you lock yourself down too much

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Disable Programs

by rbtechguy In reply to Disabling Programs Menu i ...

If XP Pro, go to run and type:


go to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar.

Find "Remove Common Program groups from start menu"


Should remove All Programs from Start Menu.

Bear in mind, users can still go to C: Program Files and view contents unless changes are made there.

Hope that helps.

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Oops: for a single login, that is...

by lfruchter In reply to Disabling Programs Menu i ...

Sorry, I meant using something other than gpedit. I need to
disable the Programs menu for one user while keeping it
available for several others on my non-networked
workstations. I've seen the workaround for selectively
applying gpedit changes in XP and I'm even using Doug
Knox's wonderful XP Security Console. If I can disable the
Programs menu with something short of gpedit, I can quickly
replicate it on all my other machines.

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