Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Change Windows 7 Theme when Group Policy is applied

Just a quick entry to work around the old high contrast issue in Windows 7.

Users can normally apply it but can't revert it back when group policy is locking it down.

Open a command prompt as admin and run the following - the blue can be edited accordingly.  You may need the admin password but if you're an admin needing this for helpdesk reasons that shouldn't be an issue.

rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero.theme"

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

External USB HDD Read Only when not Bitlockered

Hi All,

Been a loooooong time since I've posted here.

Keeping ahead of times as always I'm upgrading a system to Windows 8.1 and found my external USB HDD is constantly prompting to be encrypted with Bitlocker.  If I refuse it's marked as read only and I can't use it.

After alot of digging around I finally found a solution:

Open regedit and look for the following:


Set them to 0 and see if it gets you anywhere!!!  worked a treat for me.