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Published on 05.15.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Changing the Window Color and Appearance

Learn how to prevent someone from changing the glass color, system colors, or color scheme of the desktop in Windows 7.

Disables the Window Color page in the Personalization Control Panel, or the Color Scheme dialog in the Display Control Panel on systems where the Personalization feature is not available.

This setting prevents users from using Control Panel to change the glass color, system colors, or color scheme of the desktop and windows.

If this setting is disabled or not configured, the Window Color page or Color Scheme dialog is available in the Personalization or Display Control Panel.

Prevent Changing the Window Color and Appearance

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then select Personalization in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent changing window color and appearance in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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