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    GPO to allow students to change default audio device

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    Is there a GPO setting that stops students from changing default audio device? We do have issues where if a student plugs in USB headset they are unable to change audio device from soundcard to headsets themselves..thinking of allowing this via group policy. We have a Windows 2008 r2 domain and win 7 clients

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    You do have a good point but I am not sure. I think you can't it from GPO, I could be wrong. I would normaly do this on device and hardware level. eg Disable the sound card and have sound card working in staff room which only staff use.

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    You can allow just access to the sound control panel applet. You have to give a short cut to it. Assuming you have the tray showing no icons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free780 View Post
    You can allow just access to the sound control panel applet. You have to give a short cut to it. Assuming you have the tray showing no icons.
    Hi

    Thanks for your help, the student can get to the sound control via the loudspeaker icon on the system tray, although the option to change the default audio device is greyed out?

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    For Win7, I had to disable our usual GPO that stops access to the sounds as it (from memory here??) stopped them from being able to change volume and/or use a microphone.

    Administrative Templates
    Prohibit access to the control panel = Disabled
    Only show specified Control Panel Items = Enabled, Value = mmsys.cpl, Microsoft.sound

    That might not be what you're after, but it got us out of a jam

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