Windows 7 Thread, Students changing Windows themes in Technical; Anyone know of a workaround to prevent students using .theme files to change the windows theme under their profile? A ...
13th May 2013, 04:24 PM #1
Students changing Windows themes
Anyone know of a workaround to prevent students using .theme files to change the windows theme under their profile? A small number are downloading high-visibility/horrendously coloured pre-defined themes and are double clicking them to apply them, only to find it cannot be reset under their logon restrictions, so we have to delete their roaming profile and let it create a new one to reset the theme.
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13th May 2013, 04:31 PM #2
Add a file restriction banning .theme files?
14th May 2013, 09:39 AM #3
Using Software Restriction Policy? We use Ranger for the blocking of applications, but as that doesnt allow blocking of certain filetypes we've never had need to use Software Restriction Policy until now. Will look into it, thanks.
14th May 2013, 10:24 AM #4
You can do it with Group Policy - give me 1 min to find the exact setting.
Edit - User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\Prevent changing theme
You can also force a pre-created theme with "Load a specific theme" if you have one available (this only applies to first logon / fresh profile however).
Last edited by Psymon; 14th May 2013 at 10:26 AM.
14th May 2013, 10:27 AM #5
or use file server resource manager and ban them from saving .theme files in users areas / profile shares
15th May 2013, 09:04 PM #6
- Rep Power
Search for "services" file in start menu. Scroll down and find "themes". Then disable it.
15th May 2013, 09:55 PM #7
Group policy is the best and most reliable way
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\Prevent changing theme
16th May 2013, 11:23 AM #8
It turns out the 'Prevent changing theme' policy as mentioned in this post does not prevent a student from double-clicking a .theme and applying it into their profile, as we already have that enabled. It just means that once they apply the file they can't change it back!
We're going to use Sted's suggestion of FSRM to ban them saving these files in the first place. Thanks everybody!
16th May 2013, 11:29 AM #9
It's been a while since I tested it, but there's a setting somewhere that blocks the themes window from opening. IIRC, even if you use .theme files they don't work.
Originally Posted by mulderite
16th May 2013, 11:33 AM #10
you could use gpp to tell .theme files to open with say notepad or probably just break any association for a group of users
Originally Posted by X-13
16th May 2013, 11:37 AM #11
What a fantastic idea! Why don't I think of these things??
you could use gpp
to tell .theme files to open with say notepad or probably just break any association for a group of users
16th May 2013, 12:18 PM #12
Ye, coz FSRM is fine for stopping them saving it to <somewhere> but it's no good if they run it from a USB stick
Originally Posted by mulderite
16th May 2013, 05:28 PM #13
And who goes around with .theme files on the USB stick?
Originally Posted by detjo
17th May 2013, 04:22 PM #14
lol .. yu should see what students will try to get around restrictions!
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