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Published on 05.14.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Changing the Windows 7 Theme

Learn how to stop someone from changing themes in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, users cannot change or save a theme. Elements of a theme such as the desktop background, window color, sounds, and screen saver can still be changed (unless policies are set to turn them off).

Prevent Changing Themes

  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.

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

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Now when you go try to change themes they are grayed out.

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