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Windows Media Player - Set and Lock Skin

How to Set and Lock a Default Skin in Windows Media Player for Users
Published by Brink
19 May 2011
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How to Set and Lock a Default Skin in Windows Media Player for Users

information   Information
This will show you how to have Windows Media Player (WMP) display only in skin mode with a skin of your choice for all users in XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

If enabled, a user has access only to the Player features that are available with the specified skin. Users will not be able to Switch to Library (full mode) in WMP, and cannot choose a different skin.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Note   Note
WMP skins are installed to the location(s) below. Here you will see the available skin file names that can be used.

In 32-bit and 64-bit Windows:
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Skins

In 64-bit Windows Only:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\Skins


You can download and install more skins for Windows Media Player (WMP) at:

Skins for Windows Media Player - Microsoft Windows



The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.
Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211) from Official Microsoft Download Center

EXAMPLE: WMP Corporate.wmz and Revert.wmx Skins
NOTE: These are the WMP skins that available by default in Windows.
Name:  Corporate-skin.jpg
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OPTION ONE
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. If open, close WMP.

2. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

3. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Media Player, and User Interface. (see screenshot below)
Windows Media Player - Set and Lock Skin-gpedit-1.jpg
4. In the right pane, right click on Set and Lock Skin and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

5. Do either step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.

6. To Allow User(s) to Change their Own Skin in WMP
NOTE: This is the default setting. Users can display the Player in full or skin mode and have access to all available features of the Player.
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 8)

B) Go to step 8.
7. To Set and Lock a Default Skin in WMP for User(s)
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 8)

B) Under Options, type in the full file name of the skin (ex: corporate.wmz) with the .wmz file extension that you want to set as the default skin to be used by all users. (see screenshot below step 8)
NOTE: To see what skins are available, see the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial.
8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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9. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

10. Open WMP to see the change.



OPTION TWO
Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This option is applied to all users.
1. If open, close WMP.

2. Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

4. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have the WindowsMediaPlayer key in the left pane, then right click on the Microsoft key, click on New and Key, type WindowsMediaPlayer and press Enter.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer
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5. Do either step 6 or 7 for what you would like to do.

6. To Set and Lock a "Default" Skin in WMP for User(s)
A) In the right pane of WindowsMediaPlayer, right click on a empty area, click on New and String Value, type in DefaultSkin, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
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B) Right click on DefaultSkin, and click on Modify. (see screenshot above)

C) Do either step D or E below.
D) To Use another Default WMP Skin
  • Type in the full file name of the skin (ex: corporate.wmz) with the .wmz file extension that you want to set as the default skin to be used by all users, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: To see what skins are available, see the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial.
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E) To Use a "Custom" WMP Skin Saved at any Location
  • Type in the full full path of the skin with the .wmz file extension within quotes that you want to set as the default skin to be used by all users, and click on OK. (see screenshot below step 6D)
For example:

Code:
"C:\Users\Nonpasaran\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Media Player\Skins\00462D77\Batman Begins.wmz"
F) In the right pane of WindowsMediaPlayer, right click on a empty area, click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value, type in SetAndLockSkin, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
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G) Type in 1 and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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H) Go to step 9.
8. To Allow User(s) to Change their Own Skin in WMP
NOTE: This is the default setting. Users can display the Player in full or skin mode and have access to all available features of the Player.
A) In the right pane of WindowsMediaPlayer, right click on DefaultSkin and click on Delete. (see screenshot below)
Name:  REG-3.jpg
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B) Click on Yes to approve deletion. (see screenshot below)
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C) In the right pane of WindowsMediaPlayer, right click on SetAndLockSkin and click on Delete. (see screenshot below)
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D) Click on Yes to approve deletion. (see screenshot below)
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9. Close regedit.

10. Open WMP to see the change.
That's it,
Shawn
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01 Nov 2011   #1
nonpasaran

vista
 
 

Hi Bring,

Also there is another option;

İf you use custom skins you can use their own adres. But custom skins have stored at different location. Like this;

C:\Users\Nonpasaran\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Media Player\Skins\00462D77\Batman Begins.wmz

If you use this adress instead of corporote.wmz it still works;




Hope it helps

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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01 Nov 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Nonpasaran. Added to tutorial.
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