XP Desktop Theme Control Restrictions

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Want to control access to the desktop theme settings including the Windows styles, buttons, schemes and fonts? You can use one or more of the following registry settings:

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Name: NoColorChoice
Name: NoSizeChoice
Name: NoVisualStyleChoice
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1 disabled

The above settings let you restrict specific controls. If you want to hide the Themes Settings page:

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Name: NoThemesTab
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1

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