same Desktop picture for all users

Posted on 2009-02-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How can we set all the users in domain having same desktop.
Question by:tomar_10
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    You can enable the following Group Policy from GPEDIT.msc - User Configuration\Windows Settings\Administrative Templates\Desktop\ Active Desktop and enable Active Desktop Wallpaper.

    In the Properties dialog box of this policy, you specify the full pathname of a .jpg, .bmp, or .html file and select whether to center, stretch, or tile the image.

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    'The simpliest method is to use GPO.

    For example:
    1) Run Active Directory Users and Computers
    2) In left pane right click on the name of your domain and choose "Properties"
    3) Click Group Policy Tab
    4) Select Default Domain Policy and click Edit button.
    5) In left pane go to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Display
    6) In right pane Enable the option "Disable changing wallpaper". It will prevent users from changing wallpepers.
    7) In left pane go to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Desktop -> Active Desktop
    8) In right pane you will be able set wallpaper name (option "Active Desktop Wallpaper" ) or prevent using Active Desktop wallpapers (option "Allow only bitmapped wallpapers" ).

    For more details read explanations of all the options listed above.
    Good practice not to change Default Domain Policy. Instead, you should creat a new GPO and link it to domain, site or OU you need.'

    Best regards!

    Author Comment

    I have  done this . now all the system in the network dose not have their individual  wallpaper ,
    but what wallpaper i have selected appears only on domain server not on system on network.
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    Accepted Solution

    You need to add this setting into a Group Policy that is linked at the domain so that it applies to all computers in the domain.  Using GPEdit is a good way to test the policy locally before deploying it out to every computer.  

    You will need to open Group Policy Management Console and "Create and Link" a new policy to the domain and Edit that policy with the settings above.  If you don't have Group Policy Management Console just do a search on Microsoft or Google to download it.  It is free and a MUST have for policy management.


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