I want to disable screen rotation in Windows XP

Hi all,

 I'm the IT guy for a factory and now that we have WinXP we have a new feature we dont need: screen rotation.  Our operators get bored and play with the display properties so the engineer gets a call and finds the screen has been turned 90 degrees.  I can fix it pretty easy but its a pain.  I searched this site, and the local registry to try and find a way to disable screen rotations.  So far I found that there's a checkbox in the display properties for "enable rotation".  Cool!  All I gotta do is logon as Admin, switch it off, and I'm all set!  Except that anyone can just check it back the other way, even a lowly user with no rights at all.  

What I need is a way to disable this feature so that only an Admin can fool with it.  I hunted around in the registry where the display settings are and found nothing.  Basically, I'm hoping someone can turn me on to some registry entry I can change permissions on so that only Admins will be able to rotate the screens.

Thanks!

-John Cook
beihudsonAsked:
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
Sorry...Drivers that control video functions, etc. are compiled code.  And, there are no registry specific hacks to enable/disable rotation alone.  Threaten them with a big stick...
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
Use a group policy, disable the ability to change desktop settings.  Only have to do it at the server assuming you're using active directory and a domain setting.
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AndreDekoltaCommented:
Dang, they must be bored...it is pretty funny though!  Does everyone have administrative rights?  If not, you could disable the desktop changes function in the Policy Editor.
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beihudsonAuthor Commented:
Nope,

Cannot use a group policy.  I still need to give them the ability to adjust screen resolution themselves.  

Everyone but a few of us is a lowly User lever.  No power users, and only 3 Admins in the whole system.  
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beihudsonAuthor Commented:
*Sigh* thats what my boss suggested.  O well.  Off to Home Depot.
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