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    Desktop icon colour blocks

    Is there anyway to get rid of these annoying colour blocks when using active desktop?
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    I can't help with your problem but that is a wicked wallpaper!

    (All our active desktops do exactly the same so if someone know's a fix that'd be great!)

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    I think it's this one:

    Windows key + Pause/Break. Advanced tab. Settings button in the Performance box. Make sure 'Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop' is ticked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    I think it's this one:

    Windows key + Pause/Break. Advanced tab. Settings button in the Performance box. Make sure 'Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop' is ticked.
    Is there a way to script/GPO this? Been looking but not found yet! Would be really nice to roll it out without visiting how ever many machines I now have .. lol ..


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    Would also love a copy of that script if anyone can make it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    Would also love a copy of that script if anyone can make it?
    lazy....


    that wallpaper isn't as good as the Christmas frog I made for our last place :P

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    You could make a reg key to modify the changes using the info below.



    Code:
    [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager] 
    ;Use visual styles on windows and buttons (0=off 1=on) 
    "ThemeActive"="1" 
    [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] 
    ;Use common tasks in folders (0=off 1=on) 
    "WebView"=dword:00000001 
    ;Show translucent selection rectangle (0=off 1=on) 
    "ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001 
    ;Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop (0=off 1=on) 
    "ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001 
    ;Use a background image for each folder type (0=off 1=on) 
    "ListviewWatermark"=dword:00000001 
    ;Slide taskbar buttons (0=off 1=on) 
    "TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robot View Post
    lazy....


    that wallpaper isn't as good as the Christmas frog I made for our last place :P
    Or the banana...

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    Quote Originally Posted by linkazoid View Post
    You could make a reg key to modify the changes using the info below.



    Code:
    [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager] 
    ;Use visual styles on windows and buttons (0=off 1=on) 
    "ThemeActive"="1" 
    [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] 
    ;Use common tasks in folders (0=off 1=on) 
    "WebView"=dword:00000001 
    ;Show translucent selection rectangle (0=off 1=on) 
    "ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001 
    ;Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop (0=off 1=on) 
    "ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001 
    ;Use a background image for each folder type (0=off 1=on) 
    "ListviewWatermark"=dword:00000001 
    ;Slide taskbar buttons (0=off 1=on) 
    "TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
    Michael
    I'll give that a try!

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    I'm pretty sure it's enabling Active Desktop in the first place that enforces the blocks irrespective of the setting to use drop shadows.

    Also XP shows the blocks when PNG's are used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    Or the banana...
    Hahaha true. I hope Basil Brush finds that one day....

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    Tried the reg and the shadow setting, neither stuck for student/staff logons...

    i wonder if it is just an active desktop flaw

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    Dom: Have you tryed setting it as a HKLM instead?

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by linkazoid View Post
    Dom: Have you tryed setting it as a HKLM instead?

    Michael
    Makes more sense actually, will give it a go!

    Cheers mate

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    I have a recollection that it's down to the file format the background is in - if it's a JPEG, try it as a BMP (or the other way around!).

    Stephen

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