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By Chadg ·
My compny wants to impliment a screensaver timeout policy. How can I make the screensaver tab accessible to the end users, yet have the password protected box, and the timeout box greyed out (so the users can not modify the ScreenSaverIsSecure, or the ScreenSaveTimeOut registry values). In other words allow users to choose their own screensaver, without giving them the ability to change the timeout, or password protected values?

We are on an NT 4 domain, and I need to do this on NT4.0 WKS, 2KPro, and XP Pro.

Thanks,
Chad

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by conroywatson In reply to Screensaver Security

In addition to the answer to Chad's question, I'd also like to know how to apply a single wallpaper (and screensaver) to all users and make it so they can't change it. In my case, it is a standalone computer (running W2K Pro) with no internet connection available. Since there is no Group Policy, I tried "local security settings" but found no way to set it there.

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I can't remember where to specify the background/wallpaper, but if you run MMC, and add the Local Computer Policy snap in, you can drill down to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Display. From there you can disable any, or all of the display configuration settings, so that no users will be able to change them. You should also disable registry editing tools, so that the normal GUI based tools can not be bypassed.

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Thanks Chad...

by conroywatson In reply to Reply to Conroy

I'll try the user config route.

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Ooops...

by Chadg In reply to

I forgot to say that you will need to set the background, and screensaver before applying my previous comment.

Also, I just realized that you can do exactly what you are looking for, by specifying the Screensaver Executable Name (also in the display settings of the previously mentioned MMC), and you can specify the wallpaper in the same MMC, but in the Local Computer Policy>User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Desktop>Active Desktop settings.

Hope this helps,
Chad

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