Setting Background Color via GPR

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have succeesfully used a custom .adm template to apply a customer background color and image to computers on a network/domain.

Is there a way to prevent users from change the background now that it has been set?
If they restart the computer, it will change back but I do not want to option for it to be changed.

Question by:jwelch328
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    Accepted Solution

    This article goes through the process:

    Basically you have to set the option in policy to prevent the background from changing. This prevents users changing it via the desktop preferences. (Option 1 in article)
    You then also need to prevent "Set as Background" via right click in applications. This is via local group policy or via a registry setting. The registry change is my preference. (Option 2 in article).

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply.
    These changes need to be changed via Group Policy in Active Directory.

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    Expert Comment

    Option 1 in the article is set via GP in AD.
    However domain GP doesn't stop right click > Set as Background. That is where option 2 comes in.
    Create a registry file to make the change and deploy to the domain PCs. This can be done many different ways; login script, software deployment via GP, etc.

    Author Closing Comment

    The provided links are for local group policies.
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    Expert Comment

    While the link states local policy, the domain policy has them in the exact same location as listed.

    Also assigning a C ranking is considered a slap in the face. The link in my comment gave you exactly what was requested. Looking in the domain policy in the same location mentioned would reveal the exact same settings as local. The only thing I didn't provide is the exact method for deploying the registry fix to the entire domain. If you wanted those specifics then you simply needed to ask. I don't know you network setup so could only provide the general advice of "deploy the registy fix".

    I'm assuming this has worked for you seeing how you resolved the question?

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