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I have applied Group policy with gpedit to prevent changing the background. I have a user that keeps changing it how can I prevent the background from being changed permanently?
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by:jdeclue
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Use the Group Policy to take away the option to change the background.

GPO User Configuration
Administrative Templates | Control Panel | Display

Prevent Changing Wallpaper - Set to Enabled.
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I did this with gpedit the user used paint to copy over my bmp with his image. I deleted paint but he found another way to do it. Is there another way to prevent this?
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Is there a way to make a change in the registry?
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You did the right thing then. Now you have to put the file on the machine and take his rights away. Is he a local administrator?
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He has power user rights
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Here is what I would do.

1) Warn the user that they are not to be modifying these files as it is created by company policy to have the background how it is.  Give the user only read rights to the file.

if the user again changes the background...

2) Fire the user.

It is one thing for them to do it and not know they are doing something wrong, but if you have warned them, then you probably want to take more serious action.


Is the bmp file stored locally or on the network?  Regardless I would modify the NTFS permissions on the file so this user only has read rights so they cannot change the file by overwriting it.
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The bmp is stored localy on the c: drive, I did right protect the file but somehow he was able to save it under another name. Is there a way to modify the registry to restore the origional file during windows login.
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You could write a batch file as a login script to copy the original from the server down to the local machine every time they log in.

When you say you right protected the file, did you just check the box that says "read-only" or did you actually go to the security tab, specify the user and give them only "read" access. You would also need to remove the everyone group since the user would be a member of this.
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What Eagle said! ;)


Add this to the login script

xcopy \\server\share\folder\background.bmp c:\winnt /Y /N /R /C /Q

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