Disable Welcome Center

Sony Vaio
March 6, 2008 at 05:54:44
Specs: Vista Business, 3.6 2GB

Does anyone know how to disable the Welcome Center window that appears when you logon.

Let me be a little clearer. I want this window to never appear again for new and exsisting users logging in to this machine.

I do not want users to even worry about disabling this window manually.

I am aware that if i want to remove it for the profile i am in. I can just uncheck the check box at the bottom of the welcome center labled "Run at Startup" and I am also aware of deleting the sring from HKCU...\Run in the registry.

I am creating an image of these machines and need them to be as simple as possible and we do not want this window to appear to our users.

Does anyone know how to disable or remove it from ever coming up again, no matter if an exsisting or new user logs on to the machine?

Your assistance would be most greatful.


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March 6, 2008 at 06:58:54

This is not what i am looking for as it only disables the welcome screen for each profile and each user needs to do this manually to disable it.

Please read my "origional message" thoroughly before providing a responce.

Does anyone else have a solution?

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March 6, 2008 at 07:18:10
alockheart-sorry, I didn't read your post carefully. I'm sure someone else will come up with a solution.

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March 6, 2008 at 10:19:52
What about deleting it.....

C:\Windows\System32\oobefldr.dll ShowWelcomeCenter

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March 6, 2008 at 11:22:19
Hi Sabertooth,

I appreciate the responce, actually the thought did cross my mind to just delete it but it looks like this dll is suppose to be there for more then just the Welcome Center. As in the registry i see it in many areas with parameters.

So unfortuently this wont work :(

Any other ideas would be great.

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March 10, 2008 at 08:16:02
I found two links that deal with the subject of Group Policy which is the facility in Windows for configuring settings globally(for all users).

The first link shows which versions of Windows support Group Policy:

The second link(at the bottom of the page) shows how to disable Welcome Center using gpmc.msc:
Procedure for Preventing the Welcome Center from Displaying at Startup

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March 10, 2008 at 09:19:23
This link explains how to use the Group Policy editor(gpedit.msc) to change user/computer settings for Local Group Policy:

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