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December 9, 2004 11:23:30 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

A few months ago I started a position at this small company. The previous
guy configured the desktop of one of the monitoring servers in a truly
heinous fashion. He did things such as:

- Removed the start bar altogether
- Desktop items are completely hidden
- Removed the ability to right-click
- God knows what else

Anyway, the server has some pretty important information and we can't safely
format the box and start from scratch so what I want to know is....what
registry keys do I need to set so that the Explorer shell is back to
out-of-the-box standards. Like is there a tree that I can export from a
server that I like and in turn import onto this server that would make
everything usable again?

Thanks guys. ;-)


Michael

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December 10, 2004 8:51:43 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

"Michael" <michaeln@twentyten.org> wrote in message
news:10ri9659gnao2c3@corp.supernews.com...
>A few months ago I started a position at this small company. The previous
> guy configured the desktop of one of the monitoring servers in a truly
> heinous fashion. He did things such as:
>
> - Removed the start bar altogether
> - Desktop items are completely hidden
> - Removed the ability to right-click
> - God knows what else
>
> Anyway, the server has some pretty important information and we can't
> safely
> format the box and start from scratch so what I want to know is....what
> registry keys do I need to set so that the Explorer shell is back to
> out-of-the-box standards. Like is there a tree that I can export from a
> server that I like and in turn import onto this server that would make
> everything usable again?
>
> Thanks guys. ;-)
>
>
> Michael
>
>


There are e few ways in which you can achieve this, but it all depends on
the way you are set up.

Is this server in a domain?
2000?
2003?
Are you running Active Directory Services?
If so is it a domain controller?
Are Group Policy Objects involved?

without knowing the answer to these, as an example:

You're machine is running 2000 Server in an Active Directory Domain and it
is not a Domain Controller.
This server is defined in Active Directory in an Organizational Unit and
there is a Group Policy Object associated with that OU.
Open the GPO for editing and start going through all the settings presented
in there.
For the settings that have a specification of 'defined' (enabled or
disabled) check the description (explanation) of the setting and decide if
you want to keep it defined (enabled or disabled). Change the setting
according to your preference.
Keep in mind that the changes you make to the GPO will apply to all machines
defined in that OU.
Once done, close the GPO editor and let the system do it's job, or force the
settings to be re-evaluated and applied.
For a 2000 system run secedit on the command line (just type secedit and it
will bring up the syntax help to be used.)
For a 2003 system run gpupdate on the command line.
If the server is a domain controller check out the Default Domain
Controllers GPO (and any other GPO associated with the Domain Controllers
OU.
Follow the same reasoning as before.

Hope this gets you started towards a solution.

george
Anonymous
December 10, 2004 9:14:43 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

Group Policy.

Start | Run | Type: gpedit.msc | OK

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.
Wes

In news:10ri9659gnao2c3@corp.supernews.com,
Michael <michaeln@twentyten.org> hunted and pecked:
> A few months ago I started a position at this small company. The
> previous guy configured the desktop of one of the monitoring servers
> in a truly heinous fashion. He did things such as:
>
> - Removed the start bar altogether
> - Desktop items are completely hidden
> - Removed the ability to right-click
> - God knows what else
>
> Anyway, the server has some pretty important information and we can't
> safely format the box and start from scratch so what I want to know
> is....what registry keys do I need to set so that the Explorer shell
> is back to out-of-the-box standards. Like is there a tree that I can
> export from a server that I like and in turn import onto this server
> that would make everything usable again?
>
> Thanks guys. ;-)
>
>
> Michael
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