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Windows 7: Set default menu size and font for new users?


07 Jun 2010   #1

Windows
 
 
Set default menu size and font for new users?

Is there a way in windows 7 to set default values for newly created users so they have consistent menu size and font?

Thank you

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07 Jun 2010   #2

 

Is your aim to prevent new users changing these so that they remain uniform?

Whatever, it sounds like a job for group policy. Run gpedit.msc (not available in Home version) and see if that gives you what you need.
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08 Jun 2010   #3

Windows
 
 
Load a specific theme not working in W7 Ultimate 64 bit

Under Group Policy Editor > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization, there is a policy called "Load a specific theme" and I have set this policy. Unfortunately, this policy doesn't seem to work on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS I have verified that the theme I want to set as default is valid and, I have verified that the registry key is set at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization\ThemeFile="C:\Windows\Resource s\Themes\myTheme.theme"

I know the theme is good because it comes up as an installed theme if I right click on the desktop and select personalize. If I manually select this theme after creating a new user account, then my colors and wallpaper are correct. Why does the theme not come up as the default theme for a new user?

Can somebody at MSFT take a look at this?

Thank you,

erco
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09 Jun 2010   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by erco61 View Post
Under Group Policy Editor > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization, there is a policy called "Load a specific theme" and I have set this policy. Unfortunately, this policy doesn't seem to work on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS I have verified that the theme I want to set as default is valid and, I have verified that the registry key is set at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization\ThemeFile="C:\Windows\Resource s\Themes\myTheme.theme"

I know the theme is good because it comes up as an installed theme if I right click on the desktop and select personalize. If I manually select this theme after creating a new user account, then my colors and wallpaper are correct. Why does the theme not come up as the default theme for a new user?

Can somebody at MSFT take a look at this?

Thank you,

erco
Have you also configured the various "Prevent" settings? If not then I suspect that the theme is still essentially optional and therefore not forced as default.
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10 Jun 2010   #5

Windows
 
 

Yes. I did enable and disable as many of the prevent settings as I thought applicable. The default theme specified in the group policy editor and in the registry keys is never the default theme for a new user. I think this is a bug in windows 7 64 bit OS and it is a real problem for my team.

We build HW platforms and develop proprietary applications that require specific settings for menu size, windows color, fonts etc and, we will be going to market soon with our new Windows 7 64 bit OS.

At this point, I can only hope that somebody from MSFT is monitoring this forum and can fix what is broken.
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10 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Seems to me that for this to work with gpedit you need to designate the file pathway to the actual theme.

The pictures below should give you an idea how to do this. You also will need to go to control panel then folder options and enable hidden files too see the application date file which is part of the file path to themes. So for me the path would be C:\Users\Rob\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\Name of theme..

You may need to do this on both the Extended and Standard tabs.

If you scroll down a bit in gpedit you will also see a setting in the "prevent" section, which allows you to prevent the theme from being changed. Scrolling futher down the prevent section I'm seeing another setting that prevents users from using the Control Panel to change the glass color, system colors, or color scheme of the desktop and windows. Scrolling down to the "Prohibit" section you can indeed keep users from changing the visual style and font size.


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11 Jun 2010   #7

Windows
 
 

Thank you Chev65,

I saved my current theme to C:\Users\me\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\my.theme
and then copied to to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\my.theme

In the group policy editor, I then set the default theme policy and specified the path to the copied theme file. I have set and or unset all of the other group policy settings you describe but, the default theme I have specified is not coming up automatically for a new user.

Since I copied the theme file to its new location, it is now an "installed theme" and a new user can select it by right clicking on the desktop > Personalize and select the theme.

I know this process was working on a 32 bit OS build that I configured for another product. We need this policy to work correctly for our 64 bit OS build. I am increasingly inclined to believe that this is a 64 bit OS bug that needs to be fixed by MSFT.

Thank you for taking the time to look into this issue,

ERCO
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11 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I'm assuming that you need this theme to be installed and working as soon as the new User signs in to a fresh installation? It even says there in gpedit that it should work for that. Have you tried setting it up on both tabs, extended and standard?

If you right click on "load a specific theme" there are also some filter and policy options that may need your attention. There is also an area for selected platforms where you can choose Explorer version. They might be worth a try.
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14 Jun 2010   #9

Windows
 
 

Yes, exactly. Any newly created user account needs to have menu size, font, and font size pre set to certain values on his/her first login in order for our applications to look right.

Your suggestion to check both extended and standard tabs was spot on. The 2 tabs had different (albeit valid) paths to viable .theme files. I set both paths to the theme under C:\Windows and then reset them both to the theme under C:\Users but, the default theme still does not present for a new user in either case.

I reviewed the filter and policy settings but, nothing make my theme come up as the default.

There must be a bug in windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

Is there an engineer at MSFT who is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS and can check on this?
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14 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I'm sure they have someone more familior with GPE but they would probably charge you for the help. I still can't help to think we missed a step or something is blocking the GPE from doing it's job. It might only work using the default User theme file path, hard to say.

I havn't messed with GPE enough to really know the program yet. I'll do some searching tomorrow and see what I can find out.
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