want all users on an XP PC to have same resolution and can never change it... how?

We have a projector attached to a Windows XP Pro PC.  When people monkey with settings, then the projector quite often won't work, or the text is too small.

 I want it to be 1024x768 for all users, and be locked down.  ....just with this PC - not all across our domain.  


I assume there are some local policies that can be applied?
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Start > Run > gpedit.msc (Opens group policy editor for your local computer)
Browse to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display
Double-click "Hide Settings tab" and Choose "Enable"
Click OK
Open a command-prompt (Start > Run > cmd) and type 'gpupdate /force'
Right-click the desktop, and click Properties.
See if the Settings tab is there anymore.

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sswickardAuthor Commented:
Hello Spamster - thank you - that takes care of half of my requirements.

I must first enforce a common resolution 1024x768 across all user accounts.  How can that be doen before I remove the tab?

Since it's just for that computer, you just need to change it for one user, and it will remain the same for all others.

Per Microsoft:
"Changes to screen resolution affect all users that log on to the computer."
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sswickardAuthor Commented:
i set the resolution to 1024x768 - logged out - all was well  - locked out the Display Settings using the policy - works fine.


when I reboot, it sets everything back to 1280x1024, which is what I was tring to prevent.

any ideas? :)
That's....weird. I would think if anything the resolution would *drop*...
Do you have any virus / malware / firewall software set up locally that would revert changes?
Do you have a policy enabled that would prevent making changes?
Check this registry key:

How about a mandatory user profile?
Figure anything out on this?
Was that key set? Is it still changing back to the higher resolution?
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