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Disabled all the items in the 'All Programs' via GPO using Windows Server 2012

I have set "Remove common program groups from Start Menu" to Enabled.

Everything in 'All Programs' is now empty, how do I add specific items such as Internet Explorer, Notepad and Microsoft Word in the 'All Programs'?

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You can't do this by using traditional Group Policies, but what you need to do is copy shortcuts (.lnk) to the appropriate directory.

You could achieve this by using Group Policy Preferences, or a startup / logon script etc.

If you're redirecting your start menu, then that's the location you need to copy your shortcuts into.

If not, then by default the start menu locations on Server 2012 are:

All Users

(NB: The GPO you've configured works by disabling this location. However, I'm leaving it here for info)

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Specific User

C:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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Thanks. What is the most common setup at the organisation where they can have own custom start menu? –  I'll-Be-Back Oct 1 '13 at 10:10

You can do it easily via Group Policy's User Preferences setting Shortcuts (Your Group Policy\User Configuration\Preferences\Shortcuts).

Go through this step-by-step guide: http://www.morgantechspace.com/2014/12/Add-start-menu-shortcut-via-Group-Policy.html

If you want to Pin a Program to Start menu via GPO, There is no direct Group Policy Preference setting to Pin Items to Start menu via GPO for all users but we can achieve it via Logon Script.

Check this guide: http://www.morgantechspace.com/2014/05/How-to-Pin-a-Program-to-Start-menu-via-Group-Policy.html

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