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Windows 8.1 Policy to Prevent Users from Changing Appearance and Personalization in Desktop Mode

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I have a lab of Windows 8.1 desktops on a Windows Server 2008 domain that I am having them boot to desktop not tile mode.  I have them setup with a  default profile with a specific background that I do not want users to change.  Can I set the policy at the local machine or does it have to be setup at the Domain Controller level to prevent them from changing backgrounds and controller settings?  If so, in either case what way(s) can I accomplish this?
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Hi,

You can set local GPO or AD GPO, the latter will override (win) any settings if you have both set.

It's not as simple as it sounds so given the amount of typing to explain I'll summarise that to set it, use Group Policy Preferences, using the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ named WallPaper.

For far greater detail see Joseph's blog:
https://deployhappiness.com/setting-the-desktop-wallpaper-background-with-group-policy/

Mike
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