Stop Other Users From Changing Your Windows 7 Theme

This guide shows you two different ways to stop people from changing the theme that you’re using in Windows 7.

Changing the styles and themes in Windows 7 is one of the most popular ways to customize Windows. However, if you share your PC with other folks and they frequently change your preferred theme, it can get pretty annoying. Here’s how you can stop them.

There are two methods to do this; we’ll explain both of them in this guide:

Method 1

  1. Click the Windows Start button, select Run, enter gpedit.msc and click the OK button.
  2. the Windows Run dialog box

  3. A new window called the Local Group Policy Editor will open. In the left pane of the window, navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel and finally Personalization.
  4. the Windows Group Policy Editor

  5. In the right pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, look for the option Prevent changing theme and double click it.
  6. stop changing theme setting in the Group Policy Editor
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  7. In the properties window, click on the radio button titled Enabled (to select it). Then click OK. This will stop users from changing Windows your theme.
  8. an arrow pointing to the Enabled option on the Prevent changing theme panel in Windows 7
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Method 2

  1. Click the Start button and in the Run menu, enter regedit – then click OK.
  2. the Windows Run dialog with regedit entered

  3. The Windows Registry Editor will open. Navigate to the following Registry entry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    In the right pane of the window, right-click and create a new DWORD value.

  4. the Windows Registry editor

  5. Name the value NoThemesTab and set its value to 1 – then click the OK button.
  6. stop users from changing the Windows theme via the registry

  7. Close the Registry Editor and that’s it. From now on, no one will be allowed to change windows themes on your PC.

If you’re trying to track down the pesky user who keeps changing your theme, you can track users history in Windows 7 and see if that helps.


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