Setting Background Color via Group Policy using Custom .adm template

Posted on 2006-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I'm trying to create a custom administrative template to set the background color on workstations throughout our organization via group policy.

I've found several articles on this, and have created a template file with the following code:

CATEGORY !!categoryname
KEYNAME "Control Panel\Colors"
POLICY !!policyname
EXPLAIN !!explaintext
VALUENAME "Background"
NAME "Standard" VALUE "58 110 165"
categoryname="Background Color Options"
policyname="Change the background color of the client computer"
explaintext="This policy sets the background color of the client computer"
labeltext="Choose a color"

However, whenever I import the template into Group Policy Editor, it imports without error but I only see the following in the left pane:  "User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Background Color Options".  When I double-click Background Color Options, there's nothing there to edit.  No options appear.  

I'm not sure what I'm missing.  Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Question by:lakeviewmedical
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    Accepted Solution

    You need to go to the View > Filter menu and uncheck the checkbox "Only show policies that can be fully managed" (or similar); the policy will then show up in red instead of the regular blue.
    Important: Note that this is not a real group policy setting, but what Microsoft calls in changing terms "branding", "tattooing", or "preferred setting", as the registry changes happen outside of the *\policies\* keys. This means that working with those has the same effect as editing the registry manually: those settings will NOT simply "go away" if you delete the GPO or set it to "unconfigured", they will stay on the last setting that was applied.

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    Do you know how to do this with admx files ?

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