Hide Administrative tools and network places Windows 2008

By default on Windows 2008 R2 you cannot hide Administrative tools and Network places by default. You must create custom 2 policies:

Network places (This cannot be a user key, so you must restart the (client) server 🙁 ):

CLASS MACHINE

CATEGORY !!Custom

CATEGORY !!ExplorerExtras

POLICY !!HideNetworkInExplorer
KEYNAME “SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum”
EXPLAIN !!HideNetworkInExplorer_Help
VALUENAME “{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}”
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY

END CATEGORY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
Custom=”Custom Policies”
ExplorerExtras=”Windows Explorer Extra’s”
HideNetworkInExplorer=”Hide Network Icon in Explorer 2008/Vista”
HideNetworkInExplorer_Help=”Enable this one to hide the icon, disable or unconfigure to show it…”

If the you cannot use the policy you can fix it in the register with the following key:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum]
“{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}”=dword:00000001

Administrative tools

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. No need to delete the folder off your TS now! MMills – 30/03/10″

Author: Thomas Faddegon

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