Registry Settings for the Start Menu in Windows XP

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

  • Policy:Disable the new simple Start Menu
  • Policy:Remove pinned programs list from the Start menu
  • Policy:Remove frequent programs list from the Start Menu
  • Policy:Remove More Programs list from the Start menu
  • Policy:Remove common program groups from Start Menu
  • Policy:Gray unavailable Windows Installer programs Start Menu shortcuts
  • Policy:Disable and remove links to Windows Update
  • Policy:Remove user folders from the Start Menu
  • Policy:Prohibit user from changing user folder paths
  • Policy:Remove My Documents folder from the Start Menu
  • Policy:Prohibit user from changing My Documents path
  • Policy:Remove Recent Documents item from Start Menu
  • Policy:Maximum number of recent documents
  • Policy:Clear history of recent documents on exit
  • Policy:Remove Favorites item from Start Menu
  • Policy:Remove My Computer from the Start Menu
  • Policy:Remove Network Connections from the Start Menu
  • Policy:Remove Network Places from the Star

  • 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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