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Display Settings - Enable or Disable Changing How to Enable or Disable Changing Display Settings in Vista
This will enable or disable the ability to change the Display Settings for all users on the computer. The Display Settings include DPI size, screen resolution, screen refresh rate, and color depth.
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How to Enable or Disable Changing Display Settings in Vista
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This will enable or disable the ability to change the Display Settings for all users on the computer. The Display Settings include DPI size, screen resolution, screen refresh rate, and color depth.
How to Enable or Disable Changing Display Settings in Vista

information   Information
This will enable or disable the ability to change the Display Settings for all users on the computer. The Display Settings include DPI size, screen resolution, screen refresh rate, and color depth.
Note   Note
Changing the Display Settings is enabled by default in Vista.

EXAMPLE: Display Settings and DPI link in the Personalize window
NOTE:
You will see this window by right clicking on a empty space on the desktop and click Personalize, or opening the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the Personalization icon.

Personalize.jpg
EXAMPLE: Changing the Display Settings and DPI size are Disabled Message
NOTE:
These are the messages you get when you click on the links boxed in red above when changing the Display Settings is disabled.

Disabled_Display_Settings.jpg
Disabled_DPI_Settings.jpg





OPTION ONE
Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and Display. (See screenshot below step 5)​
Group_Policy.jpg

3. In the right pane, right click on Hide Settings tab and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
4. To Enable Changing the Display Settings
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7)​
B) Go to step 8.​
5. To Disable Changing the Display Settings
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.​
Properties.jpg

6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.​




OPTION TWO
Using a REG File Download

1. To Disable Changing the Display Settings
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Disable_Display_Settings.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Enable Changing the Display Settings
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Enable_Display_Settings.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​



OPTION THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you do not have System, then right click on Polices and click on New and Key. Type System and press Enter.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Reg1.jpg

5. To Disable Changing the Display Settings
A) In the right pane of System, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type NoDispSettingsPage and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
B) Right click on NoDispSettingsPage and click on Modify.​
Reg2.jpg

C) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

D) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
Reg3.jpg

E) Go to step 7.​

6. To Enable Changing the Display Settings
A) In the right pane of System, right click on NoDispSettingsPage and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm delete.​

7. Close regedit.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Your welcome Charukesi, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Shawn
 

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Hi, Brink.
I have 2 files names nodispbackgroundpage and nodispscrsavpage in the field System of Policies. I think that's why my desktop background option and screen saver option disabled. I tried to delete them. But whenever I deleted them and log off then log in, they appeared again. I don't know why!
Please kindly help me soon!
Thank you so much!
 

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Hello di_dong, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Delete them again in this area of the registry, but also check to see if they are at this location to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Policies\Explorer

If so, delete them from here to and restart the computer to apply.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Hi Brink,
Thanks for your reply. However, I found out that my problem is because of a virus which has just been deleted so my computer's okay now. Anyway, thank you very much for your help. I bookmarked this forum and found it great!Many thanks again!
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Di_Dong,

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted out. Thank you for posting your results.

Shawn
 

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Does this stop windows from changing my resolution when i connect my external monitor?
When I connect to my TV the resolution changes to a size where the settings box is off the screen and I am unable to click on anything to bring it back.
In my last laptop I had a setting I had made to have single or dual monitor but I have forgotten how I made it now as it was about 2004 I made it
I was able to right click the desktop and select either dual or laptop
 

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Hey Roger,

I'm afraid that it's only to hide or show the Display Settings window for users to make any changes. It won't prevent system (Windows) from automatically doing so.

You might also check the settings in your video driver software (Intel?) to see if it may have a setting for what you wanted.
 

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