Start Menu Extension

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Group Policy includes the Start Menu preference extension. For users, this extension allows you to:

  • Require a specific configuration of the Start menu.

  • Configure an initial configuration of the Start menu, but allow end users to make changes.

  • Configure several Start menu settings while leaving others to the discretion of each end user.


To add a shortcut to, modify a shortcut on, or remove a shortcut from the Start menu, use a Shortcut preference item. For more information, see Shortcuts Extension.

Getting started

You can create and configure Start Menu preference items for any domain-based Group Policy object (GPO). You configure the settings by editing a GPO using the Group Policy Management Console. When editing a GPO, you can find this preference extension at the following location:

User Configuration

**   └ Preferences**

**      └ Control Panel Settings**

**         └ Start Menu**

For information about how to use this extension to create and configure a preference item, see the following topics: