Disable start menu for specific user?

Synomenon

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I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64. I've created a new user called "Visitor" for family members to use when they need to use my computer. I want to disable the start menu for this user though. Anyone know how to do this? I've tried gpedit.msc, but don't see any options for that in there.


Also, with my account (the main administrator account) I've made FireFox the default browser. When logged into the Visitor account, IE8 asks me if I want to make it the default browser. If I choose yes, will it be the default browser for just the Visitor account (it won't change the default browser for my administrator account)?
 

bruceb

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For IE8, just say No to the Default Browser query. And check in the IE options
(Tools, Internet Options, Programs tab) uncheck the box to check if it is the default browser. Do the same in Firefox (Options, General tab)

For the other part try this:

Im not certain you can eliminate it, but you can cripple it to the point where it is all but useless from here in Vista.

GPEDIT userconfig\admin templates\start menu and task bar.
 

OptotsshorP

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Having trouble figuring out how to get a custom made library to show up in my start menu. This is in windows 7. I made a custom library and everything is fine except when I go to my start menu it wont show up. I cant seem find any option that would send it to the start menu anywhere. The other libraries are there user, documents, pictures, music but my custom one wont show up.Anyone know how to get a custom library into the start menu?
 

Synomenon

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Having trouble figuring out how to get a custom made library to show up in my start menu. This is in windows 7. I made a custom library and everything is fine except when I go to my start menu it wont show up. I cant seem find any option that would send it to the start menu anywhere. The other libraries are there user, documents, pictures, music but my custom one wont show up.Anyone know how to get a custom library into the start menu?

Ummm, maybe start your own thread instead of hijacking mine?...
 

Synomenon

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For IE8, just say No to the Default Browser query. And check in the IE options
(Tools, Internet Options, Programs tab) uncheck the box to check if it is the default browser. Do the same in Firefox (Options, General tab)

For the other part try this:

Im not certain you can eliminate it, but you can cripple it to the point where it is all but useless from here in Vista.

GPEDIT userconfig\admin templates\start menu and task bar.
I've poked around in the group policy editor and didn't see anything specific to disabling the start menu for a specific user.


why not just use the guest account and edit the start menu to reflect what you dont want them to have access to?

also: start menu button killer (i googled and found it, I HAVE NOT ever used this)
http://www.tordex.com/startkiller/

ms technet: group policy start menu settings
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee617162(WS.10).aspx
Thanks. I'd rather not have to install something just to kill the start menu for a specific user, but if it's freeware, I'll try it.
 

JackMDS

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Kiling the Stater menu is Not making unavailable the content.

Any one with Basic knowledge can easily start in others way.

In other words it is a security risk.
 

rasczak

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Unless you want to turn this thing into a brick, there's not much you can do do keep a user out of the file system (which i'm assuming is what you want to do correct?)

What you want to do is limit permissions to the directories you want protected.

i.e
C:/Audit for instance <---imaginary folder ;)

rt click on the folder, select the security tab and remove anyone/group that you do NOT want to have viewing rights to the folder. If you're not familiar with this google how to set NTFS permissions. What is it you're trying to accomplish? i'm sure we can figure out a way to get it done. having the start menu is a pretty valuable tool for most users so locking it down seems a bit unreasonable to me imo.

taking away permissions is an effective tool to protecting your files. It forces the computer to authenticate who is trying to access what and if that person is not on the list for that folder, they get denied.