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How to set Lock Screen and Desktop Background Windows 10

Hi - I understand that the  Windows 10 Lockscreen GPO doesnt work on Windows 10 Pro?

If I wanted to have the Lock Screen and Desktop Background  Image changed and deployed via the GPO what is the best way for Windows 10 Clients on a Domain?

Tried using the GPO but then realised that they stopped it working for W10 Pro

Any ideas?


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Kay Parker

8/22/2022 - Mon
James Rankin

Have you tried finding the GPO Registry setting and applying it via GPP Registry items? That might work
James Rankin

The Registry path for lock screen is HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization\LockScreenImage, and the one for desktop background is HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\Wallpaper. If you set these using Group Policy Preferences Registry items, you may find that you can enforce them on Windows 10 Pro.
Kay Parker

Will give that a go and come back to you
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Michael B. Smith

I generally defer to Mr. Rankin... but:

Shouldn't you use HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop for Wallpaper/WallpaperStyle on Pro?

For LockScreen image on Pro, this is what I've used in the past: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/20f8fdf0-cfb4-45bc-bb35-3c002efe60b1/registry-key-to-change-default-lock-screen-background-image-in-windows-10
James Rankin

I looked up the setting for Lock Screen and am fairly sure it seemed to be a Computer setting rather than User, but if the HKCU works as well then that's a perfectly legitimate approach :-)
James Rankin

And I may have been looking at Enterprise settings, so your point is well made.
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Michael B. Smith

Interesting. The Personalization CSP is also documented as not working on Pro.
Kay Parker

Oddly I read it works for Pro (CSP).

Crazy that theres mixed messaging from MS