Policy Registry Entries (Default User)

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This article outlines the locations and values for registry entries that are written to a Windows NT workstation or Windows NT server when the administrator makes modifications via the System Policy Editor. To run this application, select Start\Programs\AdministrativeTools(Common)\System Policy Editor. Knowing the location of these registry settings will assist you in troubleshooting problems. This article is specific to the options found in the <User> section of the System Policy Editor. The format for the information below is:

(1st line)   The location in the System Policy Editor being described
(2nd line)   Key: <path to subkey where values will be located>
(indented text)   One or more values that will appear for a given subkey
                  and their descriptions under System Policy Editor.


For <user>\Control Panel\Display:
Key: My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ 

      NoDispAppearancePage       Restrict Display - Hide Appearance Tab
      NoDispBackgroundPage       - Hide Background Tab
      NoDispCPL                  - Deny Access to display icon
      NoDispScrSavPage           - Hide Screen Saver tab
      NoDispSettingsPage         - Hide Settings tab

For <user>\Desktop:
Key: My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\ 

Subkey: Desktop

      Wallpaper        Wallpaper
      TileWallpaper    - Tile Wallpaper

Subkey: Appearance

      Current          Color scheme

For <user>\Shell\Custom folders:
Key: My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ 
     Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

      Programs         Custom Programs folder
      Desktop          Custom desktop icons
      Startup          Custom Startup folder
      Start Menu       Custom Start menu
      NetHood          Custom Network Neighborhood
For <user>\Shell\Restrictions:
Key: My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ 

Subkey: Explorer
      NoClose          Disable Shut Down command
      NoDesktop        Hide all items on desktop
      NoDrives         Hide drives in My Computer
      NoFind           Remove Find command from Start menu
      NoNetHood        Hide Network Neighborhood
      NoRun            Remove Run command from Start menu
      NoSaveSettings   Don't save settings at exit
      NoSetFolders     Remove folders from Settings @ Start menu
      NoSetTaskbar     Remove Taskbar from Settings / Start menu

Subkey: Network

     NoEntireNetwork      No Entire Network in Net Neighborhood
     NoWorkgroupContents  No workgroup contents

For <user>\System\Restrictions:
Key: MyComputer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ 

Subkey: Explorer

      RestrictRun          Run only allowed Windows applications
Subkey: Explorer\RestrictRun

   as   1 with data of  "<application>"
        2 with data of  "<application2>", etc.

For <user>\Windows NT Shell\Custom Folders:
Key: MyComputer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ 
     Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

       Desktop       Custom Desktop icons
       NetHood       Customer Network Neighborhood
       Programs      Custom Programs folder
       Start Menu    Custom Start menu
       Startup       Custom Startup folder
For <user>\Windows NT System:
Key: MyComputer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ 
     Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

      ParseAutoexec        Parse Autoexec.bat


Article ID: 151176 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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