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Windows 7: I wish to block standard users (6) from changing Themes or turning

27 Sep 2013   #1

I wish to block standard users (6) from changing Themes or turning

I have set up a computer with 7 user accounts 6 of them are standard accounts and seventh account is admin account. All accounts are PW protected. I have setup each account with a screensaver that logs off the account after a period of inactivity. Everthing works fine. However, each user can get into the Display....Personalize page and change things. I'm afraid of, sometime, one of them will stumble into Display... Personalize and change the screensaver, thereby screwing up my work. Is there any way to block them from Display.... Personalize page?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Allowing other users to change their display settings, such as, Wallpaper, and Screensavers, will only effect their account, and will not effect the other accounts.

To change what you are describing would take several registry edits. And may cause unwanted other effects on the system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2013   #3


I don't want the standard users to turn off the method I have chosen to log them off when they get up from the computer and leaving without logging off.There may be another user who wishes to use the computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Sep 2013   #4

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1

You can prevent users from changing the screensaver using gpedit, is this for the Ultimate version in your specs?

Local Group Policy Editor - Open

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
Screen Saver - Enable or Disable

Here is the option you want to disable,

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