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    Cleartype by Default

    We just got 50 new 17" TFTs to replace some ageing CRTs.
    The only problem is that the text looks to jaggedy, especially when compared to the CRTs.

    When I enable ClearType it looks great but I can't see a way of doing this for all users on all the computers in Group Policy.

    Does anyone know how to do this, maybe using a registry edit?

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    or just simply change to using the native resolution of the panels for those computers.

    regards
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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    Thanks,
    I will try this then

    run the following as a logon script batch file:
    regedit /s \\Server\share\registry\cleartype.reg

    cleartype.reg contains:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

    "FontSmoothing"="2"
    "FontSmoothingType"=dword:00000002

    If I leave that running for a couple of weeks I think it will work. I'll get back to you if I hit any probs.

    P.S. Is this the best way of implementing changes to the registry through group policy? If anyone has any better suggestions then let me know.

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi
    or just simply change to using the native resolution of the panels for those computers.

    regards
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    Not enough. ClearType makes a noticable difference, even when using the nativ resolution.

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    Quote Originally Posted by thom
    P.S. Is this the best way of implementing changes to the registry through group policy? If anyone has any better suggestions then let me know.
    You have three choices;

    1 - Create your own custom .ADM template.

    2 - Use PolicyMaker registry extension (a freeby download add on to GP).

    3 - Use scripts as you have already suggested.

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    It hasn't worked
    I tried using HKEY_USERS and HKEY_CURRENT_USER but neither has implemented cleartype.
    Does anyone have this working?

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    I got a bit further!
    MAX PC says
    HKEY_USERS \ .Default \ Control Panel \ Desktop key and look for the FontSmoothing and FontSmoothingType values. The tip says that both should be set to 2
    I then downloaded the Microsoft ClearType Tuner PowerToy http://www.microsoft.com/typography/...ePowerToy.mspx
    On the advanced tab there is an "apply to default user" checkbox. So i ticked it, applied it, OK'd it and restarted it (the PC).

    :P The welcome screen showed smooth fonts! I then logged on as a student user and no smooth fonts :cry:

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    After you used your Power Toy, did you remake the student profile as that will have the settings not set to cleartype, so will need remaking

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    We don't use mandatory profiles or anything like that. I did it on a new PC which no students have logged into, I then logged on as a test user i had created

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    SOLUTION:
    I still couldn't get this working but today I found a great guide on creating custom ADM Templates (source).

    I followed this guide to make a "Configure Font Smoothing" template.
    OK, so I should have been configuring the new Media PCs but you know how easy it is to get sidetracked
    After about 5 hours I think I have it perfect! I will only really be able to tell when the new term starts.

    I have attached it so everyone else can use it. If you can see a way of improving it in any way then let me know (you can open up the file in NotePad to see what I have done). ADM ectensions aren't allowed here so I will upload it as text and you just need to give the file a .adm extension

    Installation Instructions
    ;;;This script modifies the "User Configuration"
    ;;;To install in the GPO Editor right-click "Administrative Templates"
    ;;;Choose "Add/Remove Templates"
    ;;;Click "Add"
    ;;;Browse to where this ADM file is saved and click "Open"
    ;;;Click "Close"
    ;;;To enable the setiing...
    ;;;Open the "View" Menu and choose "Filtering..."
    ;;;Un-check the box marked "Only Show Policy Settings that can be Fully Managed"
    ;;;Click "OK"
    ;;;Go to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Display
    ;;;In the right-hand pane double-Click "Configure Font Smoothing"
    ;;;Set the preferences as desired
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    thom

    your source link does not work?

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    I've updated the source link above - http://media.wiley.com/product_ancil...D/4298Web1.pdf

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    Re: Cleartype by Default

    Looks great Thom - thanks!

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    Administrative Template

    Looking at the template you created and noticed it doesn't actually do anything. I mean, I don't see any registry keys modified.

    Am I missing something?

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