How to use Group Policy to configure the Taskbar in Windows 10

In release 1607 of Windows 10, Microsoft has now introduced a way to configured the Windows 10 taskbar using Group Policy. This feature allows Group Policy administrator to now add or replace the application that appear on the taskbar. This actually is the first time since Windows Vista that a Group Policy administrator has been …

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How to use Group Policy to enable or disable the Power Button on Touch (a.k.a Slate) devices for Windows 8.1 Update

If you have updated your touch/slate device to Windows 8.1 Update you will have noticed that the Search button has appeared on your start menu but not the power button. If you were wondering how to enable this button then unfortunately there is no easy way to do this as it is dictated by the type …

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Updated: How to enable the Windows 8 Start Button and Start Menu using Group Policy

Update: In case you did not realise…. This is an April Fools….  @slooflirpa is @aprilfools backwards… Thanks to a tip off via twitter from @slooflirpa I have discovered some hidden Group Policy setting in the Windows Server 8 Beta that configures that restores the start button and optionally the traditional start menu in Windows 8. …

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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 10 – Remove Default Programs link from the Start menu

This weeks group policy setting of the week is about the “Remove Default Programs link from the Start menu” option that can be found under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar. The start menu entry “Default Programs” was was introduced as part of the United States v. Microsoft Antitrust …

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