How to restrict users from changes in the start menu or start screen
Today I will talk about a very old but very useful registry company that works in all versions of Windows, be it Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Also this tweak will work on all editions of Windows Server.
The change in the registry, which I want to share with you, will help you to block any changes in the start menu or start screen. In other words, if you apply this tweak, users will not be able to configure the above mentioned elements of the operating system. They will not be able to drag folders and shortcuts, as well as will remain without access to context menu items in the start menu or start screen.
If you make this change in the registry Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, users cannot pin, unpin, delete, resize, and group tiles on the start screen. At the same time, they will still be able to run applications on the start screen, but again, they will be denied any manipulation of the tiles.
In General, if you don’t want other people to be able to change you set up, the structure of the start menu or start screen, this guide should help you.
To achieve our goals we need to follow a few simple steps.
Launch the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter. This will open the registry editor.
Now navigate to the following registry key:
In the right part of the window registry create a new DWORD NoChangeStartMenu. Then open this option and set 1 as its value.
That’s all. Then just restart the computer or restart the process explorer.exe using the task Manager. The changes will take effect. If you want to remove the specified limit, change the value NoChangeStartMenu to 0 or delete this parameter. But if you don’t want to mess with the registry, you can use ready-made registry file, which will do everything automatically. Just download the archive from this link and extract the files from it. The launch of the first of them will block changes to the start menu or start screen, while the second file will return everything as it was.