I'm trying to find a way to deploy a registry (or policy) change to all my XP clients to disable the stupid "Fade" effect on their desktop. I found the registry key under HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop in the value "UserPreferencesMask" (a binary string value). I cannot find where it can be applied through any GPO or ADM templates however and I'm leary of pushing out a raw registry hack via login scripts. Is there a simpler way? Is it possible to build an ADM template that configures this and use that within a GPO? Does anyone have any experiences with things like this they could share?
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I don't think you are going to be able to do this, as the value you are trying to set is included within a binary value that also holds other information too.

btw - here is a template you can use for creating an .ADM file to import into Group Policy:

CLASS USER

CATEGORY "Other Customisations"

KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\Control Panel\Desktop"

POLICY "Disable Fade effect"

VALUENAME "UserPreferencesMask"
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0

END POLICY

END CATEGORY
Answered 02/04/2005 by: brenthunter2005
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Yeah, I've read that the entire binary "string" contains more than just this one setting. The one change is 3E to 2B to disable it (requires a reboot as well). Is there any documentation as to what the rest of the "UserPreferencesMask" string contains? Maybe if it's practical to push the entire value (configuring multiple settings at once) it could be done in an ADM template?
Answered 02/05/2005 by: ds0934
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You will need to look at the Microsoft Technet site. I had a quick look but couldn't find anything unfortunately.
Answered 02/21/2005 by: brenthunter2005
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Well done TXCatalyst!!! I've been trying to look for this but couldn't find it anywhere. I didn't even think to look in the Resource Kit reference.

Cheers mate!

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Answered 03/11/2005 by: brenthunter2005
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