Where does the registry store the Windows and buttons setting

thandel
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I am looking for a way to generate a .reg file to set the Windows and button settings under the display property in the apperance tab to "Windwos Classic Style".

I have not been able to locate the registry key that stores this value so I can quickly import a .reg file with these settings for our users.

Can anyone point me to the key that holds this user setting?

Thank you.
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Quick look of it appears to be about 100+ reg values that get updated....

HKCU\Control Panel\Appearance\
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Plus!\Themes\Apply\
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager\
HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\
HKCU\Control Panel\Colors\

I captured this with Process Monitor, and overall, there were 180 "RegSetValue" hits. It rewrites ALL values for the custom text/icons etc, in the lower options on the appearance tab.

This might not be something that you can easily do, without a lot of meticulous data mining...
Try using the attached registry batch file to see if it will do the job.
classic.reg
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We needn't the regstry operation.
If we just set the themes to "Windows Classic Style", please config the "Themes" start type as "Disable" or "Manua", also you can do it with below batch command:

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net stop themes
sc config themes start= disabled
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please remember MUST space after "start=".

Windows store the Themes settings at registry location:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager, DllName
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huacat, what is your solution... a registry entry?
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Actually, disabling the Themes service might work for what you want, just validate that it meets your needs visually.

But it can be disabled via GPO as well, if you are using it.
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GPO>Computer Config>Windows Settings>Security Settings>System Services. Double click the service, and set the "Define this Policy Setting", and set the Startup Type to Disabled.....

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@thandel:

Just put below code in login script, or run it under command prompt(also you can create a .bat file, and put it into, test with your system):
net stop themes
sc config themes start= disabled

If you using Domain, please follow john's comment.
Sudeep SharmaTechnical Designer
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You could use application named "regshot". Take the 1st shot of the registry, then make the changes to the system and take 2nd shot of the system and compare it.

This would give you the changes in the registry that are made to the system.

Download Regshot:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/regshot/

A video though it is for simple malware analysis but also feature regshot in action:
http://www.securitytube.net/video/520

Sudeep

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