Registry Settings for the Start Menu in Windows XP


You can use the Group Policy editor, gpedit.msc, to manage XP Start Menu
options:

User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu
and Taskbar

You can also set them directly via the registry using the registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

The registry entries are DWORD values. A value of 1 is enabled, and a value
of 0 is disabled:


  • Policy: Disable the new simple Start Menu
    Description:Disables the new
    simple Start menu and forces the classic Start menu.
    Registry Value: NoSimpleStartMenu


  • Policy: Remove pinned programs list from the Start menu

    Description:Removes the pinned programs list from the Start menu. Also
    removes the Internet and E-mail checkboxes from the Start menu customization
    CPL.
    Registry Value: NoStartMenuPinnedList


  • Policy:Remove frequent programs list from the Start Menu

    Description:Removes the frequently-used programs list from the Start menu.

    Registry Value: NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList


  • Policy:Remove More Programs list from the Start menu
    Description:Removes
    the More Programs list from the Start menu.
    Registry Value: NoStartMenuMorePrograms


  • Policy:Remove common program groups from Start Menu
    Description:Removes
    items in the All Users profile from the More Programs list on the Start menu.

    Registry Value: NoCommonGroups


  • Policy:Gray unavailable Windows Installer programs Start Menu shortcuts

    Description:Displays partially installed programs in gray text on the Start
    menu.
    Registry Value: GreyMSIAds


  • Policy:Disable and remove links to Windows Update
    Description:Removes
    the Windows Update link from the More Programs list in Start menu, from the
    Tools menu in IE, and blocks user access to windowsupdate.Microsoft.com.

    Registry Value: NoWindowsUpdate


  • Policy:Remove user folders from the Start Menu
    Description:Removes all
    user-specific folders except My Documents (My Pictures, My Music, Favorites, and
    Recent Documents) from the Start menu. Also removes the corresponding checkboxes
    from the Start menu customization CPL.
    Registry Value:This is a combination
    of the following: NoStartMenuMyMusic , NoSMMyPictures , NoFavoritesMenu ,
    NoRecentDocsMenu


  • Policy:Prohibit user from changing user folder paths

    Description:Prevents users from changing the path to the My Pictures, My
    Music, Favorites, and Recent Documents folders.
    Registry Value: DisableMyPicturesDirChange , DisableMyMusicDirChange , DisableFavoritesDirChange .


  • Policy:Remove My Documents folder from the Start Menu

    Description:Removes My Documents folder from the Start menu and
    corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
    Registry
    Value: NoSMMyDocs


  • Policy:Prohibit user from changing My Documents path

    Description:Prevents users from changing the path to the My Documents
    folder.
    Registry Value: DisablePersonalDirChange


  • Policy:Remove Recent Documents item from Start Menu
    Description:Removes
    the Recent Documents folder from the Start menu. Also removes the corresponding
    checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
    Registry Value: NoRecentDocsMenu


  • Policy:Maximum number of recent documents
    Description:Specifies the
    number of shortcuts displayed on the Recent Documents submenu.
    Registry
    Value: MaxRecentDocs


  • Policy:Clear history of recent documents on exit
    Description:Deletes all
    shortcuts shown in the Recent Documents menu when the user logs off.

    Registry Value: ClearRecentDocsOnExit


  • Policy:Remove Favorites item from Start Menu
    Description:Prevents users
    from adding the Favorites item to the Start menu. Also removes the corresponding
    checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
    Registry Value: NoFavoritesMenu


  • Policy:Remove My Computer from the Start Menu
    Description:Removes the My
    Computer item from the Start Menu and the corresponding checkbox from the Start
    menu customization CPL.
    Registry Value: {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} under
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum.


  • Policy:Remove Network Connections from the Start Menu

    Description:Removes the Network Connections item from the Start menu and the
    corresponding checkbox from the Start menu customization CPL.
    Registry
    Value: NoNetworkConnections


  • Policy:Remove Network Places from the Start Menu
    Description:Removes the
    Network Places item from the Start menu and the corresponding checkbox from the
    Start menu customization CPL.
    Registry Value: NoStartMenuNetworkPlaces


  • Policy:Do not add shares of recently used documents to Network Places

    Description:Remote shared folders are not added to Network Places whenever
    you open a document in the shared folder.
    Registry Value: NoRecentDocsNetHood


  • Policy:Remove Help item from Start Menu
    Description:Removes the Help
    item from the Start menu, but does not disable Help files from running.

    Registry Value: NoSMHelp


  • Policy:Remove Search item from Start Menu
    Description:Removes the Search
    item from the Start menu and disables some Windows Explorer search elements.

    Registry Value: NoFind


  • Policy:Remove Run item from Start Menu
    Description:Removes the ability
    to execute programs from the Run option on the Start menu, Task Manager, or by
    pressing Winkey + R. Also removes the corresponding checkbox from the Start menu
    customization CPL.
    Registry Value: NoRun


  • Policy:Add “Run in Separate Memory Space” check box to Run dialog box

    Description:Allows 16-bit programs to run in a dedicated Virtual DOS Machine
    (VDM) process.
    Registry Value: MemCheckBoxInRunDlg


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

    Description:Prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of
    the target drive to resolve a shortcut.
    Registry Value: NoResolveSearch


  • Policy:Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts

    Description:Prevents the system from using NTFS features to resolve a
    shortcut.
    Registry Value: NoResolveTrack


  • Policy:Force Logoff to the Start Menu
    Description:Forces the Logoff
    button to the Start menu and prevents users from removing the Logoff option from
    the Start menu.
    Registry Value: ForceStartMenuLogoff


  • Policy:Disable Logoff on the Start Menu
    Description:Removes the “Logoff”
    button from the Start menu and prevents users from adding the Logoff button to
    the Start menu.
    Registry Value: StartMenuLogoff


  • Policy:Disable and remove the Turn Off Computer button

    Description:Removes the “Turn Off Computer” button from the Start Menu and
    prevents shutting down Windows using the standard shutdown user interface.

    Registry Value: NoClose


  • Policy:Disable and remove the Undock PC command
    Description:Removes the
    “Undock PC” button from the Start Menu and prevents undocking of the PC
    (laptop).
    Registry Value: NoStartMenuEjectPC


  • Policy:Disable drag-and-drop menus on the Start Menu

    Description:Prevents users from modifying the Start menu by dragging and
    dropping items. Other methods of customizing the Start menu are still enabled.

    Registry Value: NoChangeStartMenu


  • Policy:Disable changes to Taskbar and Start Menu settings

    Description:Removes the Taskbar & Start Menu item from the Control
    Panel, and removes the Properties item from the Start menu (and button) context
    menu.
    Registry Value: NoSetTaskbar


  • Policy:Disable user tracking
    Description:Prevents the system from
    remembering the programs run, paths followed, and documents used.
    Registry
    Value: NoInstrumentation


  • Policy:Remove user name from Start Menu
    Description:Removes the user
    name from the Start menu.
    Registry Value: NoUserNameInStartMenu

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