New Policy Settings in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

With Windows server 2012 and Windows 8 Microsoft added some new features, they also created the proper Group Policy configuration options for this. With Windows server 2012 and Windows 8 they added 160 new items which are only compatible with Windows server 2012, Windows 8 or Windows RT. They added a total of 350 items which are compatible with earlier versions and the new Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

You can download the complete list of available Group Policy items here:

Remove Internet Explorer X64 Icon from start menu for all users

When a users Start Menu is created, the users will get the default settings form the server wich includes the Internet Explorer X64 icon. When the users opens a the browser the default is X86 (watch this blog for more information), but I luike my Start Menu as clean as possible.

While searching the internet I found different methods to remove the IE X64 icon, but the best way for me was to delete the following registry key:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\>{26923b43-4d38-484f-9b9e-de460746276c}\StubPath

I used the GPO preferences to accomplish this.


Adobe Reader XI Disable “Display PDF in Browser”

 When configuring Adobe Reader XI to disable “Display PDF in Browser” you Adobe released ADM and ADMX files, but they didn’t worked for me. You can download them here: Adobe Reader XI ADM(X)Templates.

Whe opening Adobe Reader and you like to disable “Display PDF in Browser”, you are redirected to a website to manage Internet Explorer Add-ons, I use the Group Policy to control the environment and manage my Add-ons using the Add-on management. Open GPMC and edit the apropiot policy, go to User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Security Features\Add-on Management there open the Add-on List.

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