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This can mostly be accomplished with the Group Policy Editor if you have Windows 2000/XP. All you would have to do is create a list of allowed applications such as "winword.exe", "iexplore.exe", "mstsc.exe", etc. You can remove all the desktop icons that you can from the user's desktop (except the programs you allow) because they will no longer be functional.

Now the only problem with this is that the policies are system-wide and they will affect all users on the computer (including the Administrator). Luckily, Microsoft's Knowledge Base has an lengthy explanation on how to fix it so that the Administrator is not affected by the policy changes.

BMR777 said:
The policy is in there somewhere, I just can't remember where.
Sorry, BMR777. I didn't realize that you had made a reply. The policy is located at "User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System"
 
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