Removing All Users Desktop using Group Policy

This is one of those really frustrating finds, which if only the title mentioned the right words, would have been done in minutes.

Setting up a group policy for use with some on-screen tests that we wanted to perform. We wanted a custom desktop with only the icons that they required.

Little did I know after 15 minutes searching through a list of GP settings that the option to disable the All Users Desktop is called Remove Common Program Groups from Start Menu. How un-obvious is that? Not even the setting description mentions that it has an effect on the Desktop!

For everyone else out there looking for this setting:

User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Start Menu & Taskbar


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