I would like to disable the "Open with Explorer" option in my SharePoint 2010 sites based on user permissions.
Basically only those users with Full Control should have the option of using the "Open with Explorer" feature. I ran across something that said OwE was dependant on the "Browse Directories" permission, but after disabling that permission for Contributers OwE was still working for them.
Is there a way to restrict the use of "Open with Explorer" with permissions?
Edit: This blog post has a detailed explanation of how to change the permission that Open with Explorer needs. This is pretty much exactly what I want, since I can reassign OwE to use a permission that only Owners have. So now I have a new question in addition to the previous one: Is making changes in the 14 hive like this safe enough to carry out on a production server?