GPO to set a picture as screensaver for all computers and force it to be used?


I need make a GPO that will force a single picture to be used as a screensaver, and then prevent users from changing it.  All our computers are running Windows 7

Is this a computer or user GPO?  Can someone point me in the right direction please?

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Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
2 steps:
1. User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\Enable screen saver

2. Configure a Default ScreenSaver Timeout using Group Policy by:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\Screen saver timeout

 User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\
see the options to disable the changes by the user:
eg:  Prevent changing desktop background
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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
actually you can't simply deploy a jpg as screensaver, it must be in .scr format.
there are number of free tools which converts jpg to scr, once you convert the file.
make a bat file to copy that .scr file to %systemroot\system32% and use that bat file as logon startup script.
then apply GPO for setting default screensaver for all.
WolfAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help

When I export the registry settings, and then import to the DC, it doesn't import the EncryptedPIDL part?

Any ideas?
Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
WolfAuthor Commented:
Worked perfectly, thanks for the help
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