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    Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Can anyone tell me where i can find the reg key that i can change to enforce windows classic style for all users.
    Ive had a quick on google but couldnt come up with the right results.
    (Win XP Table Edition)!!!!

    Thanks.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Im sure its in GP somewhere..

    Configuring the desktop theme
    If you are hosting the full desktop with Terminal Server, by default the desktop environment resembles a Windows Classic desktop. By default Windows Server 2003 does not have themes enabled. You can enable themes by starting the Themes service and configuring it to start automatically. For more information about starting the Themes service, see "Configure how a service is started" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003.

    After you have configured the Themes service to start automatically, you can enforce a specific desktop theme or the Windows XP theme for your Terminal Server users by using the following procedure. For more information about choosing to use desktop themes with Terminal Server, see "Hosting Full Desktops with Terminal Server" earlier in this chapter.

    To load a specific theme for the desktop
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    In the Group Policy Object Editor, navigate to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Display/Desktop Themes.

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    Open the Load a specific visual style file or force Windows Classic setting.

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    Take one of the following actions, depending on what you are trying to achieve:

    • To force Windows Classic, enable this setting.

    • To load the Windows XP theme, enable the setting and type %windir%\resources\Themes\Luna\Luna.msstyles in the Path to Visual Style dialog box. For information about using the Windows XP theme with Terminal Server, see "Choosing Applications to Host" earlier in this chapter.

    • To load another theme or a custom theme, type the path to that theme in the dialog box.


    Got from http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Thanks for that Tim, I already know how to do it in GP....which would be very easy if i could do. But I have Desktop Authority imposed on me here and am not given access to GP by the LA. So thats why i need to do it by changing a reg key.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    ah, i dont know about that then.. sorry, ive just been looking on google for you can doesnt seem to be anything,,, im sure someone will let you know

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    How are you going to push out a registry fix then?

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Part of the access i have through Desktop Authority lets me set up shares and some security policies, but one of them isnt enforce classic shell. But i can use DA to edit reg keys. Also cant use DA to deploy MSI's but thats another story.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    So you don't have an administrator password for the DC then?

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    I dont even have a DC....Its one big forest at my LA with DC and everything apart from file server all in there own data centre.
    I have set up my own downstream proxy (squid & DG) and have just got a new server that was meant for the KS3 online testing.
    We get a fancy web interface for our control over certain security policies, drive mappings etc etc.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    oh I see poor you.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Thanks Ben, its not the best system. But slowly and surely i'll start to introduce my own DC and start to move things back to in house systems.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    I know where Mark is coming from here, as I'm in the same LA - DA is an absolute nightmare to work with

    Firstly, the DA Client needs the "Everyone" group to be added to local admins group just to allow the damn thing to run, if it doesn't then no policies are applied - no wallpaper, so drives, no desktops, nada nothing, so everything fails (IE, Email, SIMS, etc)
    The other thing with DA is with the staff machines (which im currently forced to use) - if you jion the PC to the wrong LA domain (it has 3) then it auto creates a file called SLBYPASS which, as it the name suggests bypasses DA (or ScriptLogic) again nothing will run. It took me ages to get the LA to tell us that we were joining the machines to the wrong domain.

    Now, DA does have some nice tools, But i will be steering clear of it as it completely fraks up GP's if anything goes wrong.

    Ages ago, our school pulled the kids LAN off DA and onto our own DC - now i have complete control of the kids GPs they all get applied and i certainly don't need to ensure that they are members of local admins (which IIRC, was the case for the kids's DA to run as well!!)

    Mark, any luck convincing your school to pull the plug on the LA yet?

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Its an eventual / enevitable progression anyway with BSF and the outsourcing of IT. The school have put up with the current system so far because before they didnt have the technical expertise to 'go it alone'.
    Im looking at working with one of our suppliers to help with the migration away from DA, just to make the whole process as quick and painless as possible.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Also i think you can turn off the themes service and you get the classic interface.

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    Re: Enforce Windows Classic Style

    Thanks for the link Busybub, i'll have a look into it later.

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