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Windows 7 Thread, Prevent Changes to Playback Devices in Technical; Our students have begun renaming the default playback device (Speakers) to different names. They do this by right clicking on ...
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    Prevent Changes to Playback Devices

    • Our students have begun renaming the default playback device (Speakers) to different names. They do this by right clicking on the audio icon in the task bar- selecting Playback devices - right clicking on the device (Speakers) and selecting Properties and then renaming it from there.

      How can I prevent this without stopping access to the volume altogether? any advice would be appreciated.

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    Our network does not allow them access to the speaker icon in the Taskbar notification area.

    They can change volume using an icon we provide in their Start Menu.

    Path: C:\Windows\System32\SndVol.exe

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    Dave, Thanks for the reply - have tried this but it still give access to the sound device properties if students click on the speaker/device icon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthamCollege View Post
    Dave, Thanks for the reply - have tried this but it still give access to the sound device properties if students click on the speaker/device icon.
    Ah. I see that now. Hadn't noticed that before. Hope ours don't find that out.

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    You can remove the icon altogether with a GPO.

    User Config > Policies > Admin Templates > Start Menu & Taskbar > Remove the Volume Control Icon.

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