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We have successfully redirected desktop and start menu's, however the first menu is blank as screen shot shows below, ...
1st October 2012, 03:33 PM #1
Blank Redirected Start Menu
We have successfully redirected desktop and start menu's, however the first menu is blank as screen shot shows below, then the 'all programs' list is populated with the shortcuts in the redirection path.
Is there a way of populating the first menu too? (IE is at the top as it allowed user to pin this himself, however normally he cannot right click to pin anything else) We would like a uniformed look for student accounts so that they all have the same menu structure.
1st October 2012, 03:48 PM #2
What we do for our students is run a pin items vbs script to pin a set of common applications (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
I'm not at school this week, but did get the script from here - I will find it and post a link in a mo for you
And the script is here -
Windows 7 pinned start menu
Last edited by eddyc; 1st October 2012 at 03:51 PM.
2nd October 2012, 10:50 AM #3
Perfect thank-you! The script works, however it appears to only work on some machines and not others. For example a user logged onto a PC in library, pinned items appeared, logged onto a pc in our office and menu was blank.
Any ideas why?
2nd October 2012, 10:53 AM #4
Without knowing the applications you are trying to pin, or the differences in the machines in question, but the thing to check would be:
Are the paths to the applications the same on both machines?
If the library machine is installed using x86/32bit version of windows then office will be installed in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14" wheras on a x64/64bit version of windows "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14"
2nd October 2012, 10:58 AM #5
Yep all PC's have the programs in the same locations, all 64bit machines
2nd October 2012, 11:06 AM #6
Strange findings so far. One user gets it on all PC's, Other users logging onto those PC's dont get it, cant see a pattern at the moment between their accounts. Errors in event viewer refering to access denied to a redirected folder
Last edited by Darylrese; 2nd October 2012 at 11:15 AM.
2nd October 2012, 11:19 AM #7
We had something simular, I had to put a sleep comand at the start of the script for say 10 seconds.
Our newer machines which are gig to desktop would run the script too soon, and therefore not pin anything.
The older machines would work everytime - the sleep command seemed to fix it for us.
2nd October 2012, 11:26 AM #8
how do you add in a sleep command? Sorry im new to scripting
The PC's in question are older dualcore PC's and mine is an i5 2500 machine, however different users are logging onto the same machines and only a very small amount actually get the menu items, the rest are blank
2nd October 2012, 11:27 AM #9
Have you tried to customize the libraries by any chance? You see a lot of redirected folder errors when the libraries are setup in a non standard way?
Originally Posted by Darylrese
2nd October 2012, 11:29 AM #10
The only other suggestion I have would be to look and see if there is a reason why the script is not running on the PC in your office - is it possible the script is not being triggered to run correctly? Event Logs may help - also what happens if you run the script manually?
2nd October 2012, 11:30 AM #11
We get a lot of these errors in eventviewer:
Also this error: Windows failed to apply the Folder Redirection settings. Folder Redirection settings might have its own log file. Please click on the "More information" link.
2nd October 2012, 11:33 AM #12
At the start of the command put this on the top line.
The time is in milliseconds - so this is 10 seconds.
2nd October 2012, 11:40 AM #13
You may want to ensure that you have the GPO setting for "Wait for network" enabled which forces all Computer GPOs to process during startup before the logon prompt is presented to the user. GPO Processing -Allways wait for the network at computer startup - What do you choose
Originally Posted by Darylrese
2nd October 2012, 11:50 AM #14
Cheers, tried the sleep command and it didnt work for those users who didnt have it. Its still blank for a majority of users For those who are working, it seems to work fine each time they logon and instantly appears.
Thanks David, sorry im a little new to this setup, where do i find that out?
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