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Wallpaper Reg Value - Desktop

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Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I want on my local machines through the  Registry set the value to the Windows XP Blue color.. If i could do that through the local GPO.. even better.. But if i could hard code in the registry.. i would .. any suggestion?
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You can try changing this value in the registry to "0 78 152" (without the quotes)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors\Background

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Would that set the Windows XP Blue Color??? I will try that..

If you do not want Active Desktop, you can use this to prevent users to
change wallpaper.

User Config\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display\Prevent changing

"Prevents users from adding or changing the background design of the
desktop. By default, users can use the Desktop tab of Display in Control
Panel to add a background design (wallpaper) to their desktop. If you enable
this setting, the Desktop tab still appears, but all options on the tab are
disabled. To remove the Desktop tab, use the Hide Desktop tab setting. To
specify wallpaper for a group, use the Active Desktop Wallpaper setting.
Also, see the Allow only bitmapped wallpaper setting."

If you want to specify wallpaper for a group, then use

User Config\Administrative Templates\Desktop\Active Desktop\Active Desktop

"Specifies the desktop background (wallpaper) displayed on all users'
desktops. This setting lets you specify the wallpaper on users' desktops and
prevents users from changing the image or its presentation. The wallpaper you
specify can be stored in a bitmap (*.bmp), JPEG (*.jpg), or HTML (*.htm,
*.html) file. To use this setting, type the fully qualified path and name of
the file that stores the wallpaper image. You can type a local path, such as
C:\Windows\web\wallpaper\home.jpg or a UNC path, such as
\\Server\Share\Corp.jpg. If the specified file is not available when the user
logs on, no wallpaper is displayed. Users cannot specify alternative
wallpaper. You can also use this setting to specify that the wallpaper image
be centered, tiled, or stretched. Users cannot change this specification. If
you disable this setting or do not configure it, no wallpaper is displayed.
However, users can select the wallpaper of their choice. Also, see the Allow
only bitmapped wallpaper in the same location, and the Prevent changing
wallpaper setting in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control
Panel. Note: You need to enable the Active Desktop to use this setting.
Note: This setting does not apply to Terminal Server sessions."


in ur case, you can put a wallpaper with the desired color.


I think so, that's the blue colour I currently have as my desktop, but I can't remember if it's the original one, I could have possibly tweaked it slightly.

Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT and press Enter

Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors

Backup the registry key by exporting to a REG file

In the right pane, double-click Background

In the Edit String dialog box, type the Color code in R G B format and then click OK.

If the logon Wallpaper is set, the background Color may not be visible. So, you must reset the Wallpaper value to a blank string in this key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

If the Background value is set under the following Winlogon registry key, the above setting is ignored. In other words, the Winlogon\Background value takes precedence over the .DEFAULT..\Background value.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Mohammed HamadaSenior IT Consultant

Want to have better control of the registry? Use http://www.resplendence.com/ Resplendence Registry Manager.  It even has some very helpful bookmarks.
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