Policies are some of the most powerful tools at your disposal for administering user desktops. Policies can be used to control a user's environment and the system environment through a specific set of Registry settings. You can control many things with policies, including the following:

  • The ability for the user to view the Control Panel, Network Neighborhood, My Computer, Find, and Run buttons

  • Users' colors and wallpaper

  • Drive letters available to a user

  • The ability to use the Registry Editor

  • Whether common program folders are shown

With policies you can lock down a desktop very tightly and provide access only to the applications and settings that users absolutely need to perform their daily work.

Although the goals of policies are the same ...

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