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    Windows 7 Laptops - What do you do about "Start Menus" ??

    Hi,

    We have the start menu "in school" redirected to \\server\startmenus\programs ... This all works in school, but I was wondering what the settings should be for laptops?

    When staff are on their laptops I would like them to see the locally installed programs ("C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs")

    But when I set the start menu redirection to : "Redirect to the local userprofile location" ("C:\users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Wind ows\Start Menu\Programs")
    They get any empty start menu?
    The only way that I can sort this is buy copying the contents from the ProgramData startmenu folder to the one in the users roaming profile?

    Could someone with success please let me know how I get the laptops to display the local start menu?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by burgemaster; 9th November 2011 at 02:59 PM.

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    don't have a policy for the staff start menu's on the laptops and that should do it.

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    Thanks,
    Just tested this and they get an empty start menu...

    event logs for redirection say:
    Start Menu
    C:\Users\teststaff\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windo ws\Start Menu
    4609

    Each time ive tested i have cleared the local and network .v2 proflile.... I have GPUPDATE /FORCE each time and also checked in RSOP that there is no redirection set..
    They get literally a startup folder accessories, maintenance and shortcuts to IE

    Pls help!
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    I have kind of sorted it.. main problem was a GP setting....

    Remove Common program groups from the start menu
    Removes items in the All Users profile from the Programs menu on the Start menu.
    By default, the Programs menu contains items from the All Users profile and items from the user's profile. If you enable this setting, only items in the user's profile appear in the Programs menu.
    Tip: To see the Program menu items in the All Users profile, on the system drive, go to ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.

    Now just the problem that most staff v2 profiles have a copy of the server start menu in the roaming profile! So when they log in connected to the network in school they have 2 start menus!!
    I have "Exclude directories in roaming profiles" enabled and have "Start Menu" listed as a folder, but still most of the staffs V2 have a copy of the server start menu...
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    Setting no Start Menu type policies should allow users to use the local Start Menu. For Folder Redirection, I've listed some info here you may find useful.

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