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Disabling Wall Paper Through Group Policy

How can I prevent a student from right clicking on a picture they downloaded and selecting "set as desktop wallpaper" through group policy?  The display properties is already disabled by right clicking the desktop so they cannot change wallpaper this way.  Please help.
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I think this will help.

For Windows XP Professional Edition:


1. Click Start and then Run. Type "gpedit.msc" without quotes and press Enter.

2. In Group Policy Editor, go to


Local Computer Policy -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Display


3. Locate a setting named "Prevent Changing Wallpaper". Double click to open it.

4. Select  Enable and click OK.



For Windows XP Home Edition


1. Click Start and then Run. Type "regedit" without quotes and press Enter.

2. Navigate to the following branch:




3. Please check if there is the value: NoChangingWallPaper. If so, please double click it and then change its value to 1


Note: If the value name doesnt exist, we need to create it manually (Right click the blank space and choose New -> DWORD value)


For your reference, you can also copy the following content to a Text Document, and then save it as an Reg file (such as NoChangingWallPaper.reg). Then we can double click the  reg file to import the content to registry:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




Good Luck,

also in group policy,

Local Computer Policy -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Desktop -> Active Desktop: 'Active Desktop Wallpaper'

and select your own background.

Good Luck,
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