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I need to disable the "highlight new programs" feature in Windows start menu via a GPO but can't find such a setting. Does such a thing even exist or is it achievable only through registry modification?

Client machines are Win XP, server is Win 2003

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Unfortunately I don't believe there is a GPO option to disable this. However this option is set by a registry setting so you could create a statup script to set this registry key, to disable this option.

The registry key your looking for is:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Start_NotifyNewApps

Its DWORD and should be set to 0 to disable the highlighting, 1 to enable it.

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Thanks, I was afraid of that when google didn't give any useful answers. Registry hack it is then! –  Siim K Jan 27 '10 at 13:50

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