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    Preventing browsing of Network and "Active Directory" from "My Computer"

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    I am looking towards moving towards a Windows 7 environment over the summer holidays. We all know how time flies, so I'm trying to get as much done now so I can hit the ground running over summer. As such, I have started to design and create student restriction policies using all the new Windows 7 specific GPOs. I'm happy with my progress up to this point, but there are 2 very specific things I cannot seem to restrict that are causing me a headache:

    mycomputer.jpg

    I need to remove these as I don't really want students having an easy way to start poking about with network shares. Also, they seem freely able to browse Active Directory. I have checked pretty much everything in the GPOs but to no result. Is there something I'm missing?
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    Computer Configuration---Preferences---Windows Settings---Registry---

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    Properties
    Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Key path SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network
    Value name NewNetworkWindowOff
    Value type REG_SZ
    Value data

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    Thanks for the speedy reply.

    That registry entry doesn't seem to exist for me. I have checked the path is exactly the same, and still no joy.

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    You add it in a GP object, if it doesn't exist it will add it, this will only remove the network part from windows explorer

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    Do I need to set the data value?

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    No, i checked mine it doesn't need it

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    I'll add a screenshot. Tell me if you can see anything wrong with it:

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    Thanks for your help!
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    Yep all looks fine

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    Then I'm out of ideas. Simply doesn't seem to to anything. Back to the drawing board!

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the registry entry you gave me turn off the Network Location wizard? Does that have any effect on the element I'm trying to remove?

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