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Hey all,

My system administrator has disabled the feature to be able to change windows themes. I have CMD and Regedit working, can I use any of these to re enable it?

All advice is appriciated:)
post #2 of 5
if the admin disabled this, why are you trying to change it? coming from a student in the Computer Network System admin major.

most likely this was done by editing registry keys, and although you may be able to open regedit, you likely cannot edit because you shouldn't have the permissions for it. that would require admin privs (assuming security and group permissions are set in an active directory domain)

edit: i wrote this at midnight, lol. i think it would more likely be managed by group policy, in which case there is nothing you can do to change it other than being put in a different OU in the domain, and running a GPUPDATE.

although you may have CMD access, you can only do basic things, nothing that would need administrator priveledges. for example, i doubt you can run ipconfig /flushdns because that would require an elevated command prompt
Edited by rocker22dallas - 8/30/13 at 7:07am
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Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post

if the admin disabled this, why are you trying to change it? coming from a student in the Computer Network System admin major.

most likely this was done by editing registry keys, and although you may be able to open regedit, you likely cannot edit because you shouldn't have the permissions for it. that would require admin privs (assuming security and group permissions are set in an active directory domain)

This. As a Computer Security Major, I second this. Don't try to change something that is blocked by the System Admin. I was a System admin for my High School for three years before moving. When we are told to block something, it is to be blocked and not changed by anyone. If someone managed to unblock it, it usually comes back to the student administrators, and they get in trouble.

Cheers, cheers.gif
JRux
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
I see, but I have already edited the Reg things, and I have admin privileges on my pc. You sure there isn't a code that I can change to allow me to do this?
post #5 of 5
really...? thats weird. can you open an admin (elevated) command prompt from your account? If you are not in IT, i'd bring this up with the admin, and also ask him about changing your theme. i'm curious, what are you trying to change the theme to? if you've got a good reason (ie. win 7 aero is making computer slow so you want basic or classic) then they will change it for you.

also let them know about the admin priveledges. in an enterprise network, people can not have admin privileges because it is not your computer, software has not been tested (you can install if you have admin) and the security aspect of giving somebody an administrative account is very bad. if you need software, even if it is paid, let the company know, and most times they will find a way to get it for you, but there should be procedures set for anything like that. including theme change

edit: sometimes in windows 7, after an install, the theme will default to basic, and will not change to aero until after you have done the WEI test
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