Prevent changing desktop icons

Prevents users from changing the desktop icons. By default users can use the Desktop Icon Settings dialog in the Personalization or Display Control Panel to show hide or change the desktop icons. If you enable this setting none of the desktop icons can be changed by the user. For systems prior to Windows Vista this setting also hides the Desktop tab in the Display Control Panel.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

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

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Personalization


* 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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