Custom GPO Template for Start Menu–Highlight newly installed programs

This morning at the GP Answers community forum someone asked how to configure the Start Menu option “Highlight newly installed programs” via GPO. As it turns out this setting is not included within the out of the box GPO templates. Since I have a few days off I thought let’s give a little help here.

But before jumping into the custom ADMX template, let’s quickly look at the configuration setting itself. When installing an application the new created shortcut within the Start Menu is highlighted.

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This setting can be customized manually by right clicking on the Start Menu logo, select properties, then select the Start Menu tab and then select customize.

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At the registry level the following registry settings are made:



When the value is 0 this setting is disabled. When the value is 1 this setting is enabled.


Now let’s have a look at the custom ADMX file I’ve created. First copy the ADMX and ADMXL files into the Policydefinitions folder. The ADMX file goes straight into the folder C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and the ADML files must be copied into the en-US subfolder. Once you have tested this on a local machine consider copying these files into your GPO Central Store.

You will find the custom GPO Template under Administrative Templates “Start Menu Customizations” Note that this is not a real GPO setting, but rather a preference.

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The Start Menu customization GPO template can be downloaded from here

3 thoughts on “Custom GPO Template for Start Menu–Highlight newly installed programs

  1. This does not appear to make it a mandatory policy. Do you know if there is any possibly policy that might go either here:


    or here:


    that would set it and grey it out from being changed?

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