Registry Tip : Create a shared common Desktop, Start Menu, and Programs folder

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Create a shared common Desktop, Start Menu, and Programs folder.

You can establish a common Favorites folder for your Windows NT Clients. Create a folder on the server with appropriate permissions and share it. On each Windows NT Client, edit the registry:

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Name: Favorites
Type: REG_SZ
Value: \\ServerName\CommonFavorites

You can establish a shared common Desktop, Start Menu, and Programs folder on your server. For each client machine, edit:
Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Name: Common Desktop
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Value: UNC path of a shared folder on a server.

Name: Common Programs
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Value: UNC path of a shared folder on a server.

Name: Common Startup
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Value: UNC path of a shared folder on a server.

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