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How to script disabling "smart image dithering" for Internet Explorer 6

Posted on 2010-09-23
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Points of My Scenario
1. I am admin for a Windows Server 2003 domain.
2. Users have workstations with Windows XP, SP3 and Internet Explorer 6
3. Upgrading IE (Internet Explorer) is not an option
4. Smart Image Dithering (IE properties Advanced tab) needs to be disabled for all users
5. No group policy option exists to apply this config (stated in point #4) - at least I see none.

REQUEST: I need a script that can accomplish this. I will apply it to a group policy for global distribution.
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Question by:waforbes100
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by:sapittman
sapittman earned 245 total points
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You don't need a script.  You can apply IE Advanced Settings by using Internet Explorer Maintenance "Preferences" mode through the MMC.

It's all detailed for you in the following KB article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274846

The "Smart Image Dithering" setting is there to be checked/unchecked.

Hope that helps!
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  1.  Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
   2. Under User Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Component, expand Internet Explorer, and then expand Advanced Settings.
   3. Click Multimedia.
   4. Right-click Turn off smart image dithering, and then click Properties.
   5. To block the dithering of images, click Disable.
   6. To let images be dithered, click Enable.
   7. Click OK.
   8. Close the Group Policy Object Editor, and then restart the computer.

This is also the location in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AdvancedOptions\MULTIMEDIA\SMART_DITHERING  ... you can change the "CheckedValue" to 0 and the "UncheckedValue" to 1
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by:waforbes100
ID: 33748960
To Both of You: both solutions work!!
To Sapittman: Your solution is right; you only have slightly less than Mooodiecr because your solution requires me to have a loss of current Internet Explorer Maintenance settings.
To Mooodiecr: Your solution was more direct and required no loss of settings; however you didn't get a greater separation from Sapittman because it was not accurate: the accurate policy path should have been - Administrative Templates, expand Windows Component, expand Internet Explorer, and then expand INTERNET SETTINGS, then Advanced Settings.
BOTH AGAIN: I am very appreciative and elated: bottomline is that my problem is resolved - with two options! Thank you both so much!
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