How to use the Group Policy Editor to change default systems settings

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 21 April 2002 / Last Updated on 21 April 2002]

Note : The "Group Policy Editor" is only available for Windows XP Professional !

If you do not like some of the default settings of Windows XP (like the new Start-Menu or
the "colorful" Windows XP theme of the desktop
) , you can change these settings by using the
"Group Policy Editor" : Select from the Start-menu "Run" and enter : GPEDIT.MSC :

A few examples :

Define Start menu and Taskbar options : example : Force the use of the Classic Start Menu :

Example : Define for the Control-Panel / Desktop to use the "Windows Classic" theme :

Example : Define to use always the Classic Logon :

Example : Define to use always the Classic Control Panel style :

example : switch off the automatic start of the Microsoft Windows Messenger :

Example : allow access to shared Windows XP resources without passwords defined for users :

By default, Windows XP is configured (= enabled) to allow blank password ( = no password)
only for logon via the console (= keyboard, mouse and screen), requiring passwords to be
defined for accessing shared resources (=disks/folders) on this system via the network.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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