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Prevent changing color and appearance

Disables the Color (or Window Color) page in the Personalization Control Panel or the Color Scheme dialog in the Display Control Panel on systems where the Personalization feature is not available. This setting prevents users from using Control Panel to change the window border and taskbar color (on Windows 8) glass color (on Windows Vista and Windows 7) system colors or color scheme of the desktop and windows. If this setting is disabled or not configured the Color (or Window Color) page or Color Scheme dialog is available in the Personalization or Display Control Panel. For systems prior to Windows Vista this setting hides the Appearance and Themes tabs in the in Display in Control Panel.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> System # NoDispAppearancePage

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Personalization

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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