Disabling Active Desktop
Posted on 2003-03-18
I am attempting to deploy a common desktop wallpaper to all our Win2000 professional PCs, within our NT4 domain. I am using the NT4 policy editor to set the wallpaper and remove access to the Background tab, and disabling active desktop by pushing out a registry change with the REG ADD facility. The PCs on our main site work fine but the ones on our remote sites (connected via a WAN) will not display the wallpaper. I don't think it is WAN related for the following reasons:
1. The wallpaper bitmap is copied to the PCs hard drive without any problems
2. The background tab is disabled
3. The active desktop menu item disappears
The problem is that when logging on, the wallpaper flashes up, then disappears, suggesting that Active desktop is kicking in, despite being disabled by means of the registry key HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies\explorer\NoActiveDesktop=1.
I have tried using the local group policy to enforce it. I've tried manually setting the wallpaper, enabling then re-enabling active desktop, and everytihng else I can think of, but it seemingly active desktop refuses to be disabled.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.