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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Managing File System, Drive, and Windows Explorer Access Options

Windows Explorer provides access to and views of a computer’s files, folders, drives, and network locations. Using Windows Explorer, you can access and configure network drives, folder sharing, file system security, and much more. In some environments, you might want to limit the available features in Windows Explorer and any related views or dialog boxes, such as My Computer and My Network Places, to enhance security and help maintain system integrity. Common scenarios you might want to implement include:

  • Hiding specified drives

  • Preventing access to drives

  • Removing CD-burning features

  • Removing the Security tab

  • Limiting the maximum allowable size for the Recycle Bin

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