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How to Prevent Others from Changing Color and Appearance Settings in Windows

Windows lets you easily customize color and appearance settings. You can change the color of the taskbar, action center, and other features to your liking. However, it is annoying when someone suddenly changes the color and appearance settings without your permission.

So, let’s explore the two solutions that can help you solve this problem. We’ll start by checking out how you can restrict access to color and appearance settings. From there, we’ll show you how to restrict access to color scheme settings.


1. How to restrict access to color and appearance settings in Windows

Let’s see how you can prevent other users from configuring color and appearance settings. We will explore how you can do this using the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry Editor.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor

Are you using Windows Pro, Enterprise or Pro editions? If so, you can easily access the Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE).

If you are using the Home edition, you can apply some tricks to access LGPE on Windows Home. But if you think it will be a long process, you can go straight to the next step.


Alternatively, here’s how you can use LGPE to restrict access to Color and Appearance settings:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type gpedit.msc then press OKAY to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Move towards User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
  4. Double click on the Prevent color and appearance change option in the right pane.

Then select the Enabled option in the pop-up window. From there, press Apply then press OKAY to save changes. Finally, restart your computer when you’re done.

Now, here is how you can check if these settings were effective or not:

  1. Hurry Win + I to open system settings.
  2. Click it Personalization option in the menu items.
  3. Then select the Colors option in the left pane. If your settings were effective, the color settings on the right side should be grayed out. Additionally, you should see a pop-up message that reads: “Your system administrator has disabled these settings”.


If you decide to re-enable color and appearance settings, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Apply the previous steps and access the Personalization option.
  2. Double-click Prevent color and appearance change.
  3. Select either the Disabled or the Not configured option.
  4. Hurry Applyhurry OKAYthen restart your device to save these changes.

Using the Registry Editor

Registry Editor is a built-in Windows tool that helps you configure various system settings.

However, you must be careful when handling registry keys. If you configure the wrong settings, you risk damaging your Windows device. So it is always better to back up the registry before changing its settings.

Now, here’s how you can use Registry Editor to disable the Color and Appearance settings:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type Regedit and press OKAY to open Registry Editor.
  3. Move towards HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Personalization.
  4. Right click on a empty space on the right side, then select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
  5. Name the value as No color change then press Walk in to save these changes.

Then double click on the No color change value and set its Value data at 1. From there, click OKAYClose Registry Editor, then restart your device.

If you want to re-enable color and appearance settings, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Navigate to the ColorAndAppearance key according to the previous steps.
  2. Double click on the No color change value and set its Value data at 0.
  3. Click on OKAYclose the Registry Editorthen restart your PC.


2. How to Restrict Access to Color Scheme Settings

Now let’s explore a different method to restrict access to color and appearance settings. In this case, we will see how you can disable the color scheme settings. We will use the Local Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor to restrict access to these settings.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor

Here is how you can prevent access to color scheme settings using LGPE:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press OKAY to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Move towards User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
  4. Double click on the Prevent the color scheme from changing option.

Then select the Enabled option in the pop-up window. From there, press Applyhurry OKAYthen restart your computer.

Want to know how to re-enable the sound scheme settings? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Follow the previous steps and access the Personalization option.
  2. Double-click Prevent the color scheme from changing.
  3. Then select either the Disabled or the Not configured option.
  4. Hurry Applyhurry OKAYthen restart your PC to save these changes.

Using the Registry Editor

Here’s how to restrict access to color scheme settings using the Registry Editor:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type Regedit and press OKAY to open Registry Editor.
  3. Move towards HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Personalization.
  4. Right click on a empty space on the right side and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
  5. Name the value as NoChangingColorScheme then press Walk in.
  6. Double click on this value and set its Value data at 1. Click on OKAYclose the Registry Editorthen restart your device to save these changes.

Here’s how you can re-enable the color scheme settings:

  1. Follow the previous steps and double-click the NoChangingColorScheme assess.
  2. Put it on Value data at 0 and click OKAY.
  3. Close the Registry Editor then restart your device to save these changes.

Windows color and appearance settings are now inaccessible

It’s always frustrating when other people keep changing settings on your Windows device. If you want to restrict access to color settings, the solutions we’ve covered are all you need!

Now you can focus on other interesting things such as changing the look of your Windows desktop.