Systems Management Question

Windows 10 Hiding Admin Tools on Start Menu (GPO)

04/29/2016 7391 views
Good Morning,

We are tweaking the GPO's for our first bulk release of Win 10 to the organization.  We would like to hide the Admin Tools (In the All Apps list) from the general users without having to delete this from the ProgramData folder.

In previous versions of Windows one could set a registry gpo with the value StartMenuAdminTools to 0 located in HKCU\Software\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ or Add Microsoft.Administrative Tools to the Hide specified Control Panel Items gpo and it would hide it from both the Control Panel and Start Menu.  In Win10 this does not seem to work.

Does one know how to get this out of the start menu without removing the folder/files from the ProgramData folder or creating a start menu layout?

Any help appreciated. 
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I think PressAnyKey or VBScab posted this link?

Anyway check this out


Scroll down a bit, you find some information that will be helpful on the GPO front - hopefully some in there will do what you require.

Answered 04/29/2016 by: rileyz
Red Belt


Not me! :-)

@OP, surely the simplest thing is to use Group Policy Editor to apply it to a sacrificial user, no?

Take a 'Before' snapshot of the registry, apply the GPO, take an 'After' snapshot and you have your registry key/value pair.

Answered 04/29/2016 by: VBScab
Red Belt

Change the registry value StartMenuAdminTools doesn't work any longer, while the GPO just hides the "Administrative Tools" in control panel. I also couldn't find a way to hide "Administrative Tools" from the Start Menu.
Answered 07/19/2017 by: Dasera
White Belt

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