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Prevent Changing Desktop Icons on Windows 8/8.1

As you may know, by default, you are able to show or hide desktop icons, and change desktop icons in the Desktop Icon Settings dialog (see the picture below) on Windows computer. From the opposite perspective, you can prevent changing desktop icons when necessary. And this article will show you how to make it on Windows 8 by 3 steps.

Video guide on how to prevent changing desktop icons on Windows 8:

Steps to prevent changing desktop icons on Windows 8/8.1:

Step 1: Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Find and open the "Prevent changing desktop icons" setting.

In more detail, it is located in User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization.

Step 3: Choose Enabled and select OK to enable this setting.

After these three steps, the setting takes effect immediately, which means you or any other user is unable to access the Desktop Icon Settings dialog to make any changes. More specifically speaking, no matter who wants to get into the Desktop Icon Settings, the Display Settings prompt box appears, with a message explaining that the launching of the Display Control Panel has been disabled.

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