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Forcing Small Icons in the Start Menu

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Posted: 29 Nov 2000

Current version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

A while ago we published a Q&A as follows:

John D. wrote: I work in an educational environment and students tend to just power off their machines most of the time. That is OK, I have scan disk running all the time. However, the computers come up in safe mode sometimes and then when they are rebooted and come up normally the Start menu goes back to large icons. Is there a registry key that I can push down each time to make the start menu use small icons? This is a big issue because of all the application folders and icons that are needed. Thanks!

We don't know, but we're guessing there are some school administrators out there who have solved this. Anyone??

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Kristian Rickardt

Another schooladmin, yes indeed.

Here's a link to with the appropriate solution, Change the Size of Desktop Icons. Their site is often used when we restrict access to, well, whatever....

Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\ Desktop\WindowMetrics]
Value Name: Shell Icon Size
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Data: Size in Pixels (Default = 32)

If you have any questions you may contact Kristian at

Roy Erez

My solution is - fix the problem, not the symptom.

When I had the same problem the best solution I found was using DeepFreeze by Hyper Technologies. DeepFreeze prevents any modifications done to the partitions that are "frozen" from being saved. This way I don't have to worry about users changing the registry, adding/removing programs and so on.

The program doesn't restrict the user from doing anything, it just returns to the way I "froze" it when the computer is restarted. Since no changes are saved, there is no need for a "proper" shutdown and "safe mode" is gone for good. DeepFreeze also prevents users from going into prompt mode/safe mode and bypassing Windows security policies. Pricing is reasonable, especially for educational use.

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