Windows XP Visual style File?

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I want to know if it is possible to centrally control the "look and feel" of the desktop environment of a user on my domain. I have a set of 10 computers that log in using the same name. This user's profile is stored on the Windows 2003 Server. The workstations are XP. I noticed a setting in GPO tht says I can 'load a specific visual style fle or force Windows Classic' How do I create a custom isual style file? I researched this on the net and I only get a ton of help on crazy themes. I only really want to change the font and icon sizes if anything. Any ideas?

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You can easily implement a mandatory profile for the user. If you search online, you will find many references to this. All users will then get the exact same desktop on start. They can make changes while logged in(based on their rights) but no changes will be saved for the next session and no other users would be effected.

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  • Skepticals
    FlyNavy, Thanks for the reply. I am currently using a roaming profile for this. Any idea what the visual style file is?
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  • TheAspMan
    Hi, The Visual style information is stored in the HKCU/Control Panel/Current registry key (as far as I'm aware). If you change this in the global profile, and then change the profile to a mandatory profile (I believe this is by renaming the ntuser.dat file to ntuser.man), the users should always get this style when they log on, even if they change it on the workstation (which you should be able to stop them from doing, if you wish). Hope this helps. Taz
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  • FlyNavy
    skepticals, Hadn't heard of it until your post. I haven't found a lot on the web either.
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  • Skepticals
    FlyNavy, Yeah - I stumbled upon it in Group Policy and could not find much online about it either. I just thought it might be usefull if it functioned how I thought it might. I'm just going to use mandatory profiles now. Thanks for your input. J
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