Start Menu (Windows® XP) preference items allow you to update the Start menu for computers running the Windows Server® 2003 or Windows XP operating system. Start Menu preference items do not provide a selection of actions because the only possible action is Update.

Creating a Start Menu (Windows XP) item

To create a new Start Menu preference item
  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console. Right-click the Group Policy object (GPO) that should contain the new preference item, and then click Edit.

  2. In the console tree under User Configuration, expand the Preferences folder, and then expand the Control Panel Settings folder.

  3. Right-click the Start Menu node, point to New, and select Start Menu (Windows XP).

  4. In the New Start Menu (Windows XP) Properties dialog box, enter Start menu options for Group Policy to configure. (For more information, see Enable and Disable Settings in a Preference Item.)

  5. Click the Common tab, configure any options, and then type your comments in the Description box. (For more information, see Configure Common Options.)

  6. Click OK. The new preference item appears in the details pane.

Additional considerations

  • Settings that are unavailable cannot be enabled or disabled. You cannot configure these settings using a Start Menu preference item.

  • You can use item-level targeting to change the scope of preference items.

  • Preference items are available only in domain-based GPOs.

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