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Window Color and Appearance - Enable or Disable Change

How to Allow or Prevent Changing Window Color and Appearance in Vista and Windows 7
Published by Brink
09 Feb 2009
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How to Allow or Prevent Changing Window Color and Appearance in Vista and Windows 7


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This will show you how to allow or prevent all users from changing the current Window Color and Appearance personalization settings in Vista and Windows 7. Changing the Window Color and Appearance settings is allowed for users by default in Windows.


EXAMPLE: Window Color and Appearance Enabled and Disabled
NOTE: When disabled (right screenshot), Window Color is grayed out and will not open when clicked on.
Window Color and Appearance - Enable or Disable Change-enabled.jpg

Window Color and Appearance - Enable or Disable Change-disabled.jpg
EXAMPLE: Window Color and Appearance settings
NOTE: When enabled, these are the settings available that you can change when the ungrayed out (blue) Window Color is clicked on above.
Window Color and Appearance - Enable or Disable Change-color.jpg

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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Allow Changing Window Color and Appearance
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Window_Color_and_Appearance.zip
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Prevent Changing Window Color and Appearance
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Window_Color_and_Appearance.zip
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

4. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract the .reg file to the desktop.

5. Right click on the extracted .reg file and click on Merge.

6. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

7. Restart the computer to fully apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg and .zip files if you like.






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

2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and Personalization. (See screenshot below)
Window Color and Appearance - Enable or Disable Change-group_policy.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Prevent changing window color and appearance and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Allow Changing Window Color and Appearance
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Prevent Changing Window Color and Appearance
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. Restart the computer to fully apply.
That's it,
Shawn





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14 Oct 2010   #1
Shura

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
windows 7 background turn red

hi,
I am having a problem with windows 7 background color.
When I changed from slide show to the default windows 7 everything turn red.
I tried to change to different colors, but it windows doesn't response to my changes.
What did i do wrong and how can fix background problem
I have windows 7 professional N.
Please help.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Oct 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Shura, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are you referring to the desktop wallpaper background?

If so, then double check using the tutorial below to see if you may have the Remove background images (where available) box checked by mistake.

Remove Background Images (where available)

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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31 Aug 2011   #3
parthysing

windows 7 enterprise 64 bit
 
 

i download and install Enable_Window_Color_and_Appearance.reg but i changed my entire windows apperance..how can i revert back now ?? i dont have system restore option so please give me a way to go back as it was before.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Aug 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Parthysing, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot showing what you mean with more details?
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22 Aug 2013   #5
Boboo

Windows 7 Profesional
 
 

I just registered to say thank you for this post. I did seek for days to find out how to get windows background back.
People did think that I mourning because someone because my whole desktop was black. When i did turn it to pink they guessed i am queer. Finally today my Alpha Romeo 8C appear again on my desktop.
Thank you dude.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2013   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm glad it could help Boboo, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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