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Standardized start menu without mandator

By Mike Stewart ·
Problem in brief: when a user logs onto an NT4 SP6 Workstation for the first time, their user profile is being created from the WINNT\Profiles\Default User\ directory. Even though I have customized the Start Menu within that directory, at first logon, NT is adding its own items to the Start Menu of the the users' new profile (including Windows NT Explorer, which is dangerous in the hands of students, along with a whole Accessories group). These menu items are not coming from the All Users profile; I suspect they are probably hidden in the Registry, but after serious combing through the registry cannot find them. I have tried creating a test user, deleting these extra menu items, and copying the test users ntuser.dat over the Default User's ntuser.dat (giving permissions to Everyone). Tried Custom Start Menus in Policy Editor. Don't think mandatory profiles will work for standardizing start menus in our situation because every NT4 lab has a different software package. Help or alternate suggestions ap

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by dtimko In reply to Standardized start menu w ...

You're not giving access to Explorer? When I was a student we had explorer available but the permissions were set so that normal users could only have write access to certain directories (ie NOT winnt!). If you make use of NTFS permissions you may be able to keep them from messing things up. As far as the start menu goes I don't know any suggestions that you haven't tried already. Good luck.

Dan

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by simon.wellborne In reply to Standardized start menu w ...

I solved a similar problem to this by doing the following.

I logged on as a temp admin user and created the desktop and environment as I wanted it. I removed the Acessories menu, setup colours, wallpaper etc etc.

Using the Profile Manager, (Control Panel, System, User Profiles) and highlighted the user profile that I had just created.

Click then on , then browse and drill down through the list to c:\winnt\profiles\default user. Assign the appropriate permissions and then click OK. This will copy your created profile to Default USer and ensure that all new users get exactly what you have created.

You can customise this by using a policy, but this can be tricky if you have lots of different configurations.

Hope this helps.

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