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Posted on 2009-04-15
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Hello All
I have set a GPO to force all users to have a basic blue.bmp file as there wallpaper.
All of the other gpo settings like remove themes tab etc have applied but the wallpaper stays as it was.
Users cannot change the wallpaper but the new wallpaper is not appearing on the machines.

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by:bluntTony
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Have you placed the bmp in a shared location, accessible by all of the users (share and NTFS read permissions)? Then in the GPO, point to the UNC of the file location e.g. \\server\share\wallpaper.bmp?
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by:Seanie_
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hi there
yes i can open the file on any users computer.
Share level is Domain users read and write and NTFS is read only to the folder.
The UNC path works perfectly from a users computer but yet the desktop is not applied
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by:Seanie_
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if a user already had a wallpaper this one shoudl overwrite it shouldnt it?
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The GPO should over-ride the local settings.
Have enabled both of the following policies:
User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Desktop | Enable Active Desktop - set to enabled
User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Desktop | Active Desktop Wallpaper - specify the UNC
Have you also forced an update on a client machine (gpupdate /force) and then logged off/on? The wallpaper will not change until you have done this.
Let us know if this helps...
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by:Seanie_
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Thanks very much for your help.
I actually disabled active desktop as i am using a .bmp file and active desktop made the icons background blue rather than transparent but your help fixed the problem.
Thanks
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