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Set Desktop Background when logged off

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I have set the users desktop through group policy, but this only works when logged in.   When I log off, the desktop still shows my preferred desktop, though if the logon dialogue box is moved it's like a paint brush which rubs out my desktop, and leaves a plain blue desktop.

After reboot, the plain blue desktop is shown again until someone logs in when my desktop is shown again.

I'm looking for a desktop (my one!) that is shown on boot, and not 'removeable' when logged off..
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by:Wakeup
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Might need to log on to the machine locally?  and not the domain to set the "Local Machine's" desktop?

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by:Jay_Jay70
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are you using the active desktop policies in GPO?

I know these can be flakey - i had to use a ref hack to get rid of the dell splash screens
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by:ivan_sanders
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Yes, Active Desktop Policies..
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by:Jay_Jay70
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active desktop policies are applied at a user level - there is a regkey for wallpaper which controls the splash screen initially, may be worth controlling that via GPO
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by:ivan_sanders
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Any ideas which one? - I've searched, but it's not obvious to me...
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by:Jay_Jay70
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HKEY_Users\.default\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper

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by:ivan_sanders
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ok - that's through the registry - I figured when you said GPO you meant through Group Policy???
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by:Jay_Jay70
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i do, if you change that setting on a machine, does it fix your problem? if it does then we can create a template to apply through GPO
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by:ivan_sanders
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I've set that registry with the file location (ie, c:\windows\filename.jpg) - no good....

I see above in the same hive that there is a setting for the screensaver such as c:windowsscreensave.exe (ie, no backslashes at all....)

I've tried both, and also opened the jpg in a browser and done the 'right click, use as desktop'

Still no good...
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by:Jay_Jay70
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hmm active desktop policies are a minger - i hate them as they are no end of trouble
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by:ivan_sanders
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Getting there Jay Jay - I figured out that it HAS to be a bmp...     The Active Desktop that we use is a jpg, but if you set HKEY_Users\.default\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper it has to be the bmp.

I've now got the functionality I'm looking for - just want to set it via GPO if you could help with that one!

Cheers

Ivan
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excellent!

now you want to follow the ms guide to role this change out :)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/225087
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Great work - thanks
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