Display properties on one workstation still blocked by group policies even though they are turned off.
Posted on 2008-10-17
Using SBS 2003 Standard R2 with seven clients running XP Pro. I had used the group policies found at:
Default Domain Policy --> User Configuration--> Administrative Templates --> Control Panel-->Display
I had enabled all of them except for the Screen Saver executable name. I did this after setting up all of the clients so that no users ould change their desktops, screensavers, etc.
When a user tried to right click and choose properties to get to Display Properties or go to Display Properties in the Control Panel, they would get an error message stating that the admin has not allowed this. Or, they would just see a whited out window.
I needed to add a new monitor and wanted to change the settings from 800 X 600 to the highest resolution. I changed all of the group policy settings so that all of them were not configured.
After each client was logged off and back on, they could all access the Display Properties window. But, for some reason and unfortunately, the only computer which could not was the one with the new monitor. Given that it was a new monitor with a new driver, it was set at the default 800 X 600 setting and, thus, the icons and application were huge.
Luckily, I finally noticed when right clicking on the desktop to get to Properites that nVidia's setting could be accessed from the dropdown menu. I was then able to change the resolution to the correct settings.
But, I sitll cannot access the Display Properties window. Again, I can see it, but it is basically "whited out." It is kind of a mute point since I am going to lock down the users' abilities to change the desktop and screen savers again, but I am curious as to why it is doing this, and I may need to change a different setting down the road.
I should say I have also tried rebooting the server and the particular workstation.
Thanks in advance.