Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Removing Default Icons From Start Menu And Taskbar

01 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 
Removing Default Icons From Start Menu And Taskbar

Whenever a new user logs on to a computer, Microsoft puts certain default icons on the Start Menu and the Task bar, whether you want them there or not. I need to remove these icons, and put our own on the start menu. I can put our own icons on the start menu, but I don't have a way to remove the default icons. I need to remove the clutter from the start menu.

Does anyone have a script or other method to remove those icons?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 May 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

See if this tutorial will help you out Connect To - Change Default Icon in Start Menu if so also look at the bottom of it there is a list of related tutorials that will help with the rest of them.

If that is not what you wanted change please post a screenshot of what you are trying to change.
Use these tutorials for posting screenshots.
Screenshot with Paint
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I borrowed this screenshot from How To: Customize the Windows 7 Start Menu and Taskbar Using unattend.xml - Ask the Core Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Name:  StartMenuIcons.jpg
Views: 2
Size:  53.2 KB

Whenever a user logs in for the first time, the icons in the section marked "Not Customizable" are added to the start menu. I am managing the computers in a school computer lab. In our environment, every time someone logs on to a computer, that person is a new user, as far as that computer is concerned. I need to customize the start menu so that the students have quick access to the programs they will be using all the time. These five icons are just clutter, and they need to be gone.

I have seen a number of scripts which could be customized to remove unwanted icons, and insert the ones you want. Does anyone have a script which will just remove these five icons? I am looking for something that could be run as part of the log on script.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


02 May 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You can right-click on any of those items and select Remove from this list.
Removing Default Icons From Start Menu And Taskbar-untitled.png


Then you can Pin the programs they use to the Start menu Start Menu - Pin or Unpin a Program to

This tutorial may be of interest to you also Start Menu - Change Number of Recent Programs to Display

Jerry


My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

That is not what I need. I need to set the computer so that a new user logging in for the first times does not see those icons at all. I need an end user to see the programs he needs, and not all the extra clutter that Microsoft put in there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You should be able to do that with Group Policy. I have Home Premium, so can't tell you exact settings, but look under User configuration> Administrative Templates> Start Menu and Taskbar

Group Policy Settings for Start Menu and Taskbar

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Removing Default Icons From Start Menu And Taskbar




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Removing Default Icons From Start Menu And Taskbar
Thread Forum
Desktop Icons Freeze but Start menu/Taskbar work normal BSOD Help and Support
Taskbar & Start Menu - Duplicate Icons General Discussion
Start menu removing programs. General Discussion
Win 7 taskbar all icons from start menu on taskbar General Discussion
Default Programs - Change Default Icon in Start Menu Tutorials
Prevent adding and removing in start menu General Discussion
Removing the user name icon from start menu General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:05 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33