A. If you wish to remove your Favorites from the Start menu perform the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  3. From the Edit menu select New - DWORD value
  4. Enter a name of NoFavoritesMenu and press Enter
  5. Double click the new value and set to 1. Click OK
  6. Close the registry editor

Log off and on again and voila, the Favorites menu is gone.