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Windows 7: Administrative Tools - Add or Remove from Start Menu

06 May 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Administrative Tools - Add or Remove from Start Menu

How to Add or Remove Administrative Tools in Windows 7 Start Menu




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06 Dec 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by georgescarlett View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ah, ok. They are missing in the Administrative Tools folder. The tutorial below will help show you how to restore the missing ones for your edition of Windows 7.

Administrative Tools - Restore Shortcuts
Maybe I spoke too soon - when I right click on the Desktop then click Adminstrative Tools, they are listed but when I click on any of them I get a message saying: 'Windows cannot find C:\ProgramData\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Adminstrative Tools\Computer Management.lnk’
Strange. As a test, download and merged the EXE and LNK (lnk) options in the tutorial below.
Default File Type Associations - Restore
Next, do this tutorial below to restore all of the items in Administrative Tools.
Administrative Tools - Restore Shortcuts


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07 Dec 2011   #11
georgescarlett

64
 
 

Phew – I’ve done it – I can’t believe I was able to follow those instructions - my earlier cri de couer wasn’t an exaggeration - but all’s well – thanks!
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07 Dec 2011   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Greorge. I'm happy to hear that all is well now.
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06 Nov 2013   #13
DPG

Windows 7
 
 

I have a follow up question on this topic.

We have restricted the users so that they cannot change the settings for taskbar and start menu trough an GPO.

Now we do want to give them the option to change the taskbar settings, this also comes with the option to change the start menu. No worries so far, through the same GPO I took away most of the menu items we donít want to show. But the administrative tools option is the only one we canít remove from that setting list.

So I have written 2 ADM files based upon the reg settings that you give here(see below).
They hide the administrative menu just fine, but and this is my biggest problem, they still can make it visible again through the start menu options.

Now here is the pickle, is there a way to completely hide it from the users without changing the image we use?

Start of ADM file1:
CLASS USER
CATEGORY "Start Menu Administrative Tools(CustomADM)"
POLICY "Remove Administrative Tools from Start Menu"
EXPLAIN !!ADMHelp
KEYNAME Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
PART !!ADM_Configure DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "Start_AdminToolsRoot"
ITEMLIST
NAME !!ADMoff VALUE NUMERIC 0 DEFAULT
NAME !!ADMon VALUE NUMERIC 1
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY

[strings]
ADM_Configure="Set the Administrative Tools to:"
ADMoff="Hidden"
ADMon="Visible"

; explains
ADMhelp="Set Administrative Tools to be shown or hidden on the Start Menu."


Start of ADM file2:

CLASS USER
CATEGORY "All Programs Administrative Tools(CustomADM)"
POLICY "Remove Administrative Tools from All Programs"
EXPLAIN !!ADMHelp
KEYNAME Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
PART !!ADM_Configure DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "StartMenuAdminTools"
ITEMLIST
NAME !!ADMoff VALUE NUMERIC 0 DEFAULT
NAME !!ADMon VALUE NUMERIC 1
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY

[strings]
ADM_Configure="Set the Administrative Tools to:"
ADMoff="Hidden"
ADMon="Visible"

; explains
ADMhelp="Set Administrative Tools to be shown or hidden in All Programs."
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06 Nov 2013   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DPG, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Administrative Tools that you see in the Start Menu is just a hidden system folder located at the path below with shortcuts in it. You could add a line to delete this folder to have it no longer be available in the Start Menu.


C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools


Do note that the shortcuts in this folder point to system files in the "C:\Windows\System32" folder that could be used instead if they really wanted to run them. Luckily, most require you to be an administrator to open and/or use.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 Nov 2013   #15
DPG

Windows 7
 
 

Thx although this is a working solution, and i also have played with rights and SetACL, wich also works. I am still looking for a solution through a GPO.

Thx for helping
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07 Nov 2013   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.
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