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Group Policy 2008R2 - Load Specific Theme / Desktop Wallpaper

Posted on 2012-03-28
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Win 2008R2 DC's
Win XP clients.
When I apply a new wallpaper, via group policy to our XP desktops, the new "grey" wallpaper colour applies to the desktop background but the text around the desktop icons has the shadow box (which i don't want).

Manually setting "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" + un-ticking "Lock web items on desktop" does not make a difference, still have the shadow box + I need this set via group policy.

Found that if I create a custom "grey" background theme on an XP desktop and then apply the theme manually, all works, i.e "grey wallpaper and no shadow box" (but this needs to be done via GPO), if I try to apply this theme via "Load a specific theme" in group policy, the theme never gets applied (can see it's listed in the themes section within display properties, but not set as the active theme), noticed that group policy on 2008R2 states, that this setting is supportrd on "At least Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2".

Any ideas on how I can set the custom wallpaper without the shadow box's on the icons via 2008R2 GPO?
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I haven't tried it but it sounds like,...."At least Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2".......that it does not work with XP,...Vista,...Server 2003,...Server 2003R2,...or the first Server2008.

Other thoughts,...I'm using XP and I don't even see anything called Shadow Boxes in the context of the Desktop Icons.  All I see are "Shadows under Menus".  So it could be that there is no such thing in XP.  So I am thinking that what you are calling "Shadow Boxes" are really something else and you are just mistaking them for Shadow Boxes.
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Thanks for you thoughts on this!

I have managed to resolve the issue, by creating a custom ADM that changes the back ground colour to Grey
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As stated by pwindel, the box's around the icon text, was not Shadow box's, but background colour, I don't believe there is a group policy setting to change the back ground colour, so I created a custom GPO to do that (details below) and imported into a group policy, did the trick.<br /><br />CLASS USER <br />CATEGORY "Background Color Options" <br />KEYNAME "Control Panel\Colors" <br />POLICY "Change the background color of the client computer" <br />EXPLAIN "This policy sets the background color of the client computer" <br />PART "Choose a color" DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED"<br />VALUENAME "Background" <br />ITEMLIST <br />NAME "Gray" VALUE "128 128 128" <br />END ITEMLIST <br />END PART <br />END POLICY <br />END CATEGORY
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