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    I have created the following .adm file to change the registry key on the workstations to stop the "Take a tour of Windows XP" popup from appearing. I add the adm file to the GPO and it appears but there is no options within it

    CLASS USER

    CATEGORY !!DisableWindowsTour

    KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets \Tour"

    POLICY !!DisableWindowsTour

    VALUENAME "RunCount"
    VALUEON NUMERIC 1
    VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0

    END POLICY

    END CATEGORY

    [strings]
    DisableWindowsTour="Disable Windows Tour"


    Anyone able to help me please? Starting to pull what's left of my hair out now lol

  • #2
    Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

    Out of curiosity, why do you want to stop it? It isn't a malicious program and it only runs 3 times and then never again.

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    • #3
      Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

      We use mandatory profiles at one of the schools I work for so it only ever gets to run once, every single time someone logs on More an annoyance than anything else.

      I've managed to figure out what was wrong now. The .adm was right but there was a filtering setting stopping it showing under the View menu "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed"

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      • #4
        Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

        I would have been tempted to rebuild the mandatory profile using one AFTER the tour warning had done it's three times pop-up. And all the other annoying little things which happen on the first couple of logins.


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        • #5
          Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

          We did think about that but the only part of the profile we use is the User.Dat file which is renamed to User.Man. I'm not too sure if that information is stored in that file or not

          This way we can be done with it for good Plus it's given me an excuse to look further into Group Policy and .adm templates

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          • #6
            Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

            The User.dat contains all kinds of registry settings and the Windows XP tour is also a registry setting.
            However If you want to disable the XP tour by gpo then you have to create a custom .adm file:
            http://www.experts-exchange.com/Oper..._21235792.html
            Originally posted by orphicfireball:
            Since you've read over that solution, I'm assuming you are familar with the process of adding an a new ADM to Group Policy. Here is the link to an ADM that will block the exact thing you are talking about:

            http://www.gpanswers.com/downloads/tourism.adm

            If you have trouble reading it for some reason, here is what the contents are supposed to be:

            CLASS USER
            CATEGORY Nuisances
            POLICY "Disable the Windows Tour"
            KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets \Tour"
            VALUENAME "RunCount"
            VALUEON NUMERIC 0
            END POLICY
            END CATEGORY

            Just a few tips to make sure you are adding the ADM right, remember that while you have the GPO editor open, right click on "Administrative Templates", and click "Add/Remove Templates". It should show up as a folder "Nuisances". Note that you must change a filtering setting for the policy to become visible. Click View > Filtering, and Uncheck "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed". Note you must do this EVERY time you open the GPO editor, there is no way to make it save this setting. So if your problem is that you cannot see the policy, but can see the folder that is why. If you are having problems making the policy apply or importing in to the editor, tell me and I can help you troubleshoot that.
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            • #7
              Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

              Originally posted by Dumber View Post
              The User.dat contains all kinds of registry settings and the Windows XP tour is also a registry setting.
              However If you want to disable the XP tour by gpo then you have to create a custom .adm file:
              http://www.experts-exchange.com/Oper..._21235792.html
              Yep, thanks

              It was the last bit about the filtering option that was causing me hassle

              Note that you must change a filtering setting for the policy to become visible. Click View > Filtering, and Uncheck "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed".
              It's going into the schools server tomorrow along with one I've adapted to hide various drives. All works ok on my test network so we'll see how it goes

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              • #8
                Re: Disabling Windows Tour popup

                well you can do it with a script too if you like
                http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/M..._21126725.html

                Originally posted by karel_jespers:
                create a script that will be started by the gpo at startup

                -create with notepad a text file with the text below
                accessable during logging in with eg "x:\notour.txt"
                ================================================== =================
                Code:
                set wshshell = createobject("wscript.shell")
                     regkey = "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Tour"
                     regval = 0
                     wshshell.regwrite regkey ,regval
                SET WSHSHELL = NOTHING
                ================================================== ==
                -change its name into notour.vbs
                -update your batch file with the following command:
                cscript path\notour.vbs

                -configure now your gpo to run that script when a computer starts up
                default domain policy / windows settings / scripts / startup / browse to the notours.vbs script

                karel
                You can see in the script that the HKCU is modified.
                So changing the Ntuser.dat will affect.
                Last edited by Dumber; 7th September 2008, 22:20.
                Marcel
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