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Icons wallpaper and screensavers - help

I am running a training room with stand alone PCs running on Windows XP. I also have inherited a number of immature students.

I want to keep the desktops and screensavers standard and would appreciate help with the following:

How can I lock the icons on the desktop? I have them arranged in sections and when I reboot the icons re-arrange.

How can I delete the screensavers apart from the one I chosse for the system? When I delete, Windows re-creates them.

How can I delete the wallpapers apart from the one I choose for the system?

All suggestions will be appreciated.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Icons wallpaper and scree ...

much of this can be done through system policies or domain policies. Since they are standalone systems, it will need to be configured on each system. But you can lock the icons, screensaver, and things like that. You can even keep them from changing display settings, and remove the control panel altogether

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

Sorry I've posted as unacceptable but I can't send a private message and there are only two options below - PLEASE either explain how I can do this or point me to a site where I can find the information - I'm willing to learn and don't expect people to do the work for me and I've tried to find the information via help and support - but I'm in a location where technical books are few and far between and this is why I'm asking on this very helpful forum.

You have, however, given me hope that I can get this problem sorted out.

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by zaferus In reply to Icons wallpaper and scree ...

You need to use gpedit.msc. It will let you do what a server policy can do for a workstation. I had a client who had some kiosk systems that had public access.

When I was done the start button could log off, and open internet explorer. That's it. The only icon on the desktop was IE, which would only go to the web site of the client. And IE had it's menu's stripped right down (not even an address bar showing to navigate away).

After 3 years it still has people locked down, zero incidents.

Here is an article on it:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1633790,00.asp

If you google gpedit.msc you can find a lot of pages talking about it but really if you look around you'll see what you can do with it, and it's a lot.

You can shut down the students so tight they will not be able to even access the menus to change the things you don't want them too!

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

Wow - thanks a lot - I'm off to Google now - I will take perverse delight in tying up these systems. Will update you if I can.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Icons wallpaper and scree ...

Sorry about not being more specific, I was getting ready to run to the dentist when I answered.
go to start -- run -- type MMC.exe
when the window opens, select FILE, ADD/REMOVE SNAP IN, click ADD
find and click GROUP POLICY OBJECT EDITOR
it should list LOCAL COMPUTER, click FINISH
Click CLOSE
Click OK
You should be at a CONSOLE window, in the left window, select LOCAL COMPUTER POLICY
open it to, this is the main key for you I think,
\User Config\Admin Teplates\desktop\
browse through them and see which work best for you. While there, you can browse the other directories for further locking down as well

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

Hope the dentist went well - I'm going to experiment now - this experience has taught me how much I don't know and the learning curve in front of me.

But I'm very glad I came across this forum. Thanks - I'll update you if I can.

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