Prevent changing theme

This setting disables the theme gallery in the Personalization Control Panel. If you enable this setting users cannot change or save a theme. Elements of a theme such as the desktop background color sounds and screen saver can still be changed (unless policies are set to turn them off). If you disable or do not configure this setting there is no effect. Note: If you enable this setting but do not specify a theme using the “load a specific theme” setting the theme defaults to whatever the user previously set or the system default.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoThemesTab

  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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