Group Policy Setting of the Week 41 – Prevent the computer from joining a Homegroup

Last week I talked about the “Remove Homegroup link from the Start Menu” option that removed removed the links from the start menu to the Homegroup option without it being disabled. However the setting by itself does not stop a computer from joining a homegroup. So this weeks setting is of course called “Prevent the …

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 40 – Remove Homegroup link from Start Menu

Homegroup is a new feature in Windows 7 that allows users on a small network to easily share all their files and printers with each other with a single share password. This greatly simplifies the process to securely share  information on a home network and it can include both domain and non-domain joined computers. As …

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 39 – Always use custom logon background

This week setting of the week allows you to prefer a custom logon background image in Windows 7. This setting is called “Always use custom logon background” and can be found under Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Logon. Microsoft brought back the option to easily customise the logon background in …

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 38 – Remove pinned programs from the Taskbar

The setting of the week this week disables one of the features in Windows 7 that allowed users to pin programs to the taskbar. This option will be handy if you are in an environment where you want to prevent users from customising the taskbar such as a kiosk or library style computer. The setting …

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 37 – Change Start Menu power button

This week setting of the week is called “Change Start Menu power button” which allows you to configured the start menu shutdown button in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. You can find this setting under User Configurations>Policies>Administrative Templates>StartMenu and Taskbar. If you have setup your computer to support Hybrid-Sleep then you should consider …

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