Windows 7 group policy changing the start button

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I have created a Group Policy for students to restrict certain features in a school lab. The OS is windows 7 pro and the server is 2008 r2. When the student user logs on, the Start button shows "Start" instead of the Windows logo in a circle which is the standard Start button for Windows 7. When I take the user out of the Group Policy and log on again as the same student the default Windows 7 start button reappears. Obviously there is something within the policy settings that is causing this to happen but I can't determine what it is. Since I have about 100 different settings, preferences in the GPO it is a little hard to determine what is triggering the Start button to change back to the windows xp look. I am not using any of the group policy settings for the windows classic shell. Any idea what may be causing this to happen and what I can do to get the windows 7 start button to show after the student logs on. Thanks for your help.

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It will be one of the sessions under “User Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Start Menu and Taskbar”. My best guess is that is is the “Force classic Start Menu” option. Try changing that setting to “Disabled” or “Not Configured”. If that doesn’t work can you dump the list of settings that you have enabled and I’ll scroll through it and see which one looks to be the problem.

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