Removing the user's root profile folder from the Start menu

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 18 Aug. 2011 / Last Updated on 18 Aug. 2011]

How to remove the user's root profile folder from the Start menu.

In Windows Vista and later, the user can open their root profile folder in Windows Explorer from the Start menu by clicking Start followed by their username at the top right of the Start menu. This allows them direct access to the folders and files within their user profile.

If you feel users might mess around with their profiles by doing this, you can remove the user's root profile folder from the Start menu by modifying the registry as follows:

  1. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  2. Create a new REG_DWORD value named Start_ShowUser under this key and assign it the value 0.
  3. When the user next logs on, the user's root profile folder will not be shown on the Start menu.

To undo this setting, change the value to 1 to display as a link or 2 to display as a menu.

To roll this out to users, either customize the default user profile prior to deployment or use Group Policy Preferences.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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