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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Group Policy Setting of the Week 36 – Turn off Windows Start-up Sound

This weeks group policy setting on the week is one that most IT administrators will probably want to implement. Now for personal use the Windows logon sound is quite nice however when you have an office packed with computers it can sound like a symphony in the morning as everyone turns on their computer. This …

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How to use Group Policy to allow the users to chose any screensaver except (None)

During Kevin Sullivan Group Policy session at TechEd 2010 in the USA this year he mentioned an example of a being able to configure group policy to allow users to select whatever screensaver they want except the one called “(None)” (see image below). While this method does not prevent the users from select the (None) …

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How to use Group Policy to Allow or Block URL’s

This is another article I have written that address’s the commonly asked question on the Group Policy forum as to how you can use group policy to block or allow users to specific web site URL’s. It goes without saying that the most effective way to implement content filtering for the internet is to maintain …

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 34 – Do not allow Windows Media Center to run

The setting of the week this week prevents users from running Windows Media Center on Vista or above versions. Unlike Windows XP which had its own dedicated version of Media Center, Vista Enterprise and Ultimate editions and Windows 7 Business, Enterprise and Ultimate had inbuilt support Windows Media Center. This setting would most likely be …

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