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I want to disable screen rotation in Windows XP

Posted on 2006-05-23
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
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.


-John Cook
Question by:beihudson
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Expert Comment

ID: 16745590
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.

Expert Comment

ID: 16745621
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.

Author Comment

ID: 16745662

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.  

Accepted Solution

AndreDekolta earned 375 total points
ID: 16745712
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...

Author Comment

ID: 16745788
*Sigh* thats what my boss suggested.  O well.  Off to Home Depot.

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