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Group Policy to apply Mouse Pointers Scheme settings to "(None)"

We have 200 numbers of Windows 7 desktops with multiple logins in Windows 2008 R2 domain environment. Due to some VGA drivers issue the mouse pointer gets stuck sometimes and to get out of this problem we change the Mouse Pointers Scheme settings to "(None)".

We follow the below steps-
Open Control Panel.
Click on Mouse.
Go to "Pointers" tab.
Change the "Scheme" to "(None)".
Click on "OK".

The problem is that this change is related to individual profile log in. That means, if I change this settings with my login and if another user logs into to that system, he or she won't get that change and will have to change the settings again with his/her login.

Can you please help me to apply this settings via Active Directory Group Policy?

Many thanks in advance.
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SamCommented:
Yes, it will not apply on everyone's profile. You would have to create a group policy on the domain under user's configuration -

user config - Policies - Administrative TEMPLATES: Policy - Control PANEL - Personalization - prevent changing mouse properties.

Done!
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
"Prevent changing mouse properties" will only prevent users to change mouse properties which is not my requirement. My requirement is-

How do I change Mouse Pointers Scheme settings to "(None)" via Active Directory Group Policy (please see the attached screenshot)?
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CoralonCommented:
You can use the group policy preferences in a GPO to set the following registry values:
(All of them are REG_EXPAND_SZ, and shod be set to blank - "")

HKCU\Control Panel\Cursors
AppStarting
Arrow
Crosshair
Hand
Help
IBeam
No
NWPen
SizeAll
SizeNEoSW
SizeNSC
SizeNWSE
SizeWE
UpArrow
Wait

You might also need to set Scheme Source (REG_DWORD) to 0, but I'd try it without first.

Coralon
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
Corlon,

Can you please provide me the steps about how to do that? Do you want me to add registry entries via Active Directory Group Policy in the following path?

User Configuration --> Preferences --> Registry.

What are these? Do you want me to created these registry entries?

AppStarting
Arrow
Crosshair
Hand
Help
IBeam
......
......

I will be thankful to you if you could provide the steps.
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CoralonCommented:
The screenshots will show the picture, much more easily that I can describe it.

That shows the GPP, and where the items get added.
You'll create each of the entries, and set them to blank.

Coralon
RegistrySetting1.png
RegistrySetting2.png
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
Thank you Coralon. It's clear to me now. However, can you please let me know why have you suggested to set the values to 0 for all the keys? Will not it be suffice only to set Scheme Source (REG_DWORD) to 0 because I think this the only key which is responsible to set the pointer scheme.

Please suggest.
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CoralonCommented:
It's worth a shot..  I have never had a need to do this, so I haven't tested it.  Try it and see :-)  Post how it goes.

Coralon
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
Excellent Coralon! Thank you very much to point me towards the right direction in order to meet my requirement.

I have only set Scheme Source (REG_DWORD) to 0 and the mouse pointers scheme changed to "None". It's working fine as expected.

Thanks for your timely support.
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hchabriaAuthor Commented:
Great solution.
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FirstsourceCommented:
Coralon solution worked great.

Thanks Guys
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Mohammed RashidTechnical support engineerCommented:
Hi , I am experiencing slow and sluggish mouse experience for Windows server 2012. However this can be fixed for individual user by unticking the enable mouse shadow in the mouse pointer settings for a single user, However i want to globalize this settings so that each individual need not change their settings. I tried the above steps with out any success. Can you please suggest simar solution ?
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CoralonCommented:
Post it as another question with some points, and I'll take a shot at it :-)

Coralon
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