Windows 7 Group Policy Table

PolicyPolicy LocationSettings
Action Center Icon RemovalUser Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
  • Remove the Action Center icon = Enabled
Event LogsComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Event Log Service > Specific Event Log
  • Maximum application log size = 1024
  • Maximum security log size = 1024
  • Maximum system log size = 1024
Note: If you are attempting to set the Security log size to 1024 via this Group Policy setting, you are restricted to 20480 unless you set this using the previous Group Policy Setting valid for Windows XP SP2 and Server 2003 and above located here ? Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Event Log
FirewallComputer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security > Windows Firewall Properties
  • Firewall State = On (Recommended), or Off
Note: If the Windows Firewall Service is Disabled, this is not necessary
Internet Explorer Settings (cache)User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel > Advanced Page
  • Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed = Enabled
Internet Explorer Settings (first run wizard)Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer
  • Prevent performance of First Run Customize settings = Enabled
Recycle BinUser Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer
  • Do not move deleted files to the recycle bin = Enabled
Remote DesktopComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections
  • Enables users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services = Enabled
Remote DesktopComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Security
  • Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication = Enabled
RSS FeedsUser Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > RSS Feeds
  • Turn off background sync for feeds and Web Slices = Enabled
*Screen SaverUser Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
  • Password protect the screen saver = Enabled
  • Screen saver timeout = 600
  • Force specific screen saver = %windir%\system32\scrnsave.scr
System RestoreComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore
  • Turn off System Restore = Enabled
User Access ControlComputer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  • User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode = Elevate without prompting
  • User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation = Disabled
  • User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations = Disabled
  • User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode = Disabled
WallpaperUser Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop > Desktop
  • Desktop Wallpaper = “ ”
Note: A “space” is required to set the wallpaper to none in the above setting. Optionally, setting to a file that does not exist will actually prevent a user from setting wallpaper at all.
Windows DefenderComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender
  • Turn off Windows Defender = Enabled
Windows SideshowComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Sideshow
  • Turn off Windows Sideshow = Enabled
*Windows UpdateComputer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication Settings
  • Turn Off Access to All Windows Update Features = Enabled
  • Turn off Windows Update Device Driver Searching = Enabled
Note: If the Windows Update Service is Disabled, this is not necessary

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