I don't know if you can completely prevent it but you can make it
harder. You need to do two settings.
Go to group policy /User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control
Enable the "Hide specified Control Panel applets" and add the
This will remove the sound settings control panel item for the users.
They won't be able to adjust the volume or mute the system from there.
Now go to group policy /User Configuration/Administrative
Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar
Enable the "Hide the notification area"
This hides the little volume icon and everything else by the clock on
the taskbar. They won't be able to adjust the volume or mute the system
from there either.
The down side of this is the user can't adjust the volume level at the
OS level. If you speakers have a volume knob then they can change it.
Also I don't know if this has any effect on a multimedia keyboard with
volume and mute buttons.
From: MSU Network Administrators Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Al Puzzuoli
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 9:43 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Disable muting of the Sound Card via Group Policy?
Just wondering whether there is a way to prevent the ability to mute the
sound card via Group Policy?
Thanks in advance for any info,
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