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Prevent changes to “Active Desktop” settings.

This setting removes the options from Desktop, where you can make changes to the “Active Desktop” settings.

Tweak for : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000
The options of Active Desktop can be accessed from Display icon in Control Panel and right-click menu on Desktop. Desktop becomes active when you keep your most active jobs or favorites like a web page there and they can be customized anytime on your requirement.

NoComponents:
It can remove options to configure “Active Desktop”. The “Web” tab, where the “Active Desktop” settings can be configured, is removed from the “Desktop Items” window. As a result, you cannot add Web pages to the desktop.

The point to be noted here is that this entry does not affect active desktop and image formats like JPEG & GIF can be used for wallpaper.

NoAddingComponents:
It disables the ability to add Web contents in the present desktop display.

NoDeletingComponents:
It disables the ability to delete the existing Web contents but they can be removed temporarily.

NoEditingComponents:
It disables the current properties button of the Web content. So, the user can not modify the properties. In addition, it removes the properties tab from the menu of all items on the active desktop.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter “regedit” and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create the DWORD value names “NoComponents”, “NoAddingComponents”, “NoDeletingComponents” and “NoEditingComponents” at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry paths, if they do not exist.

Now, right-click and modify their values to “1” which can prevent change to “Active Desktop” settings. However, if you want to get back the missing options, change the respective values to “0”.

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

Disable Active Desktop Components.reg

The ".reg" file can disable the 'Active Desktop Components'.

Enable Active Desktop Components (Default).reg

The ".reg" file can enable the 'Active Desktop Components'.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

The 'Web' tab is not visible in the 'Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop' after making the changes.

The 'Web' tab is visible in the 'Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop' before the changes have been made.

The 'New' button is disabled in the 'Dislay Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web' after the changes have been made.

The 'New' button is enabled in the 'Dislay Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web' before the changes have been made.

The 'Delete' button is disabled in the 'Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web' after the changes have been made.

The 'Delete' button is enabled in the 'Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web' before the changes have been made.

The 'Properties' button is disabled in the 'Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web' after the changes have been made.

The 'Properties' button is enabled in the 'Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web' before the changes have been made.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".

Second, go to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\', right-click and select 'New->Key' to create a new key named 'Active Desktop'.

Third, inside the 'Active Desktop' right-click and select 'New->DWORD Value' to create a new DWORD Value named 'NoComponents'.

After creating 'NoComponents' DWORD Value, right-click on it and click on 'Modify'.

Next, enter the value '1' in the text box provided and click on 'OK'

Create another DWORD Value for 'NoAddingComponents' as in step 3. Right-click on 'NoAddingComponents' and click on 'Modify'.

Next, enter the value '1' in the text box provided and click on 'OK'.

Create another DWORD Value for 'NoDeletingComponents' as in step 3. Right-click on 'NoDeletingComponents' and click on 'Modify'.

Next, enter the value '1' in the text box provided and click on 'OK'.

Create another DWORD Value for 'NoEditingComponents' as in step 3. Right-click on 'NoEditingComponents' and click on 'Modify'.

Next, enter the value '1' in the text box provided and click on 'OK'.

Showing Windows Version on the Desktop (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

Enabling this option will show the Version information of Windows on the desktop and disabling the option will hide this information from desktop.

Do not save changed icon position on desktop (For All Users)

Category : Display > Desktop

Users can change the positions of icons and place them anywhere on the desktop. Windows saves such settings even when the user logs off or restarts the system. This setting can let you disable such feature.

Remove “Active Desktop” item from Settings in the Start menu (For Current User in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting enables you to remove the menu item “Active Desktop” from Settings in the Start menu.

Remove “Active Desktop” item from Settings in the Start menu (For All Users in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting enables you to remove the menu item “Active Desktop” from Settings in the Start menu.

Disable the Active Desktop from Display Properties dialog (For Current User).

Category : Display > Desktop

This setting removes the options from Desktop, where you can make changes to the “Active Desktop” settings.

 
 
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