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Force 1024x768 for all users on the system


Does anyone know how to force a specific screen resolution for all users on a Windows 7 computer. Win7 likes to auto-adjust, and that cancels-out some displays on public computers, running Windows 7. We need 1024x768 for everyone, all of the time.

Jason Watkins
Jason Watkins
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderAuthor Commented:
Yes, we have it.
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderAuthor Commented:
The articles links are dead, and the solution is non-descript.
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Josh ThomasSystems AdministratorCommented:
Although there is not a group policy setting which would allow you to set a
specific setting for the screen resolution for users (this could be an
accidental disaster if set to one the hardware doesn't support), it is
possible to prevent users from altering a predefined screen resolution via
group policy.

In a group policy which linked to a container the user objects reside in,
and where the users have permissions to that group policy, edit the policy
and go to:

User Configuration->Administrative Templates->Control Panel->Display.

You can remove the Display CPL from appearing entirely, or simply remove the
Settings folder tab from being visible for those users.
Josh ThomasSystems AdministratorCommented:
Nevermind, I see what you're asking now.. the problem isn't users changing the display, it's Windows 7 changing it to something other than 1024*768.

Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderAuthor Commented:
Right. If a user wants to change that is fine, as long as it doesn't persist.
You can try to use Display Changer (http://www.12noon.com/displaychanger.htm) to set screen resolution . The download page is http://www.12noon.com/index.htm 
After installing the Desktop Changer, create a batch file and put it the the Startup folder so that it will be run everytime the user logs in.
Example of the batch file:
cd "C:\Program Files\<folder of the Display Changer>"
dccmd.exe -width=1024 -height=768
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I'll check this out.
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