Default color scheme using GPO or registry key?

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2009-09-08
We are rolling out a standard background image across our Windows 2000 desktops in the company. We would also like to set the default color scheme of all users backgrounds since the image we are using is 800x600, and will not cover everyones desktop if they are using a different resolution.
We are using GPO to enable active desktop and push out the standard background image. However, we cant find a way to automatically set a specific color value on everyones desktop. I think there is a way with GPO if you are using Win XP, but not with Win 2k. Does anyone know any tricks, or if there is a way to roll out a registry key through a login script that will adjust everyones desktop color?

Question by:btrotter
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    This is exactly what I was looking for!!! Thank you!
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    These links point to software purchases.  Can anyone post what keys that need to be altered to force a specific desktop background color?

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    Open your registry and find the key below.

    Modify the value named 'Background' according to the color you would like in RGB (Red/Green/Blue) format. For example, "0 0 0" for black or "255 255 255" for white, and every other color in between.

    Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

    User Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
    Value Name: Background
    Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
    Value Data: 0 0 0 - 255 255 255

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