Disable Microsoft Office 2013 first-run wizard and welcome splash with Group Policy

The computer lab is coming together, but every time a student logs in, they are forced through the first-run wizard. I was asked to disable this, and here’s how: Download and Import ADMX files First, if you have not already, you will need to obtain and import the Microsoft Office 2013 Administrative Template Files (ADMX) Copy all the ADMX files plus your language folder and paste them into your /Policy/PolicyDefinitions folder within your domain’s SYSVOL share. Now open a fresh Group Policy Management console, modify an existing GPO or create…

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Automatically force log off and terminate disconnected RDP sessions to free up system resources.

I’m working with a situation where all of the computers in a computer lab are actually zero-clients connecting to a dedicated Windows 7 VM on a server cluster. This environment has its complexities, and I’m working to improve the performance. That being said, I would get frequent notices from the Instructor that the computers would be running slow. Rebooting the VMs would fix that, but it appeared that was just a Band-Aid. I noticed that each VM would hold on to the disconnected RDP sessions and continue to consume resources in the background.…

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