Remove / unpin PowerShell icon from taskbar

By default every user will get the powershell icon on his or her taskbar when logging on to the RDS server 2012. This is very annoying because users don’t want to see any icons they can’t use. Administrator do like to have those icons pinned on the taskbar.

Solution: Make a change to the File System by using a GPO

Open your RDS Server Machine Policy and expand the following folders:

Computer Configuration, Policies, Windows Settings, Security Settings, File System

Right click and choose Add File
Browse to the following file:

  • %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools\Windows PowerShell.lnk

Click on OK to continue
In the security screen you’ll have to remove the Creator Owner and Users Group, which will leave the All Application Packages, System and  Administrators left.
Click on OK


Leave default settings and click OK

And you’re al set!


After you have set this do not forget to refresh the machine policy or it won’t work.

More tips and tricks can be found on my Remote Desktop services 2012 page.

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  1. Hello,

    I am trying to do this for my Windows 2012 server. Will this work?

    I created a specific GPO for a set of users. I added these items to my GPO. The icons are still there. I’m sure I am doing something wrong. The GPO also has the servers in the security filtering.

    When I login to adminstrator, I see that the items are there. When I login as my domain user who is also in the security filtering, the icons are still there.

    Any ideas? I’m sure I am doing something wrong.

  2. Also,

    I am using User Disk Profiles…. Would this have something to do with it? Their profiles are stored on another server.

  3. As Mike I have the same Problem.
    GPO isn’t working.
    I have a Server 2012 R2 …

    Is there anything else I can do? Something to check…?

  4. Ah… the Problem was self made.
    New users won’t get the links. I used only one test user…. 😉

  5. I have added a little EDIT message at the end of my post, you have to refresh your group policy settings.
    So do a quick gpupdate /force at the command line to make it active immediately.

  6. Worked well, thanks

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