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Desktop Background Lockdown

By jubeir.patel ·
I'm trying to lock down our 80 users (on a windows 2000 front and back end using AD) from changing their desktop backgrounds and leaving them with the default "boring" blue. I have successfully disabled the use of the Background and Active desktop Tab. so now they can't change anything except settings and the use of a external screen. but...

Unfortunately some users had already changed their backgrounds before i placed this policy, so they still have their personal backgrounds but can't change it.

Is there a way of enforcing the backgrounds to revert to the blue upon login without having to lift the policy then manually going to each desktop and changing the backgrounds to "None"?

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Desktop Background Lockdown

by tmartin In reply to Desktop Background Lockdo ...

To simply answer your question...YES! There is a way to change the background to whatever it is you want it to be.

You can remotely access the registry of each machine that you know you need to change and go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ConvertedWallpaper

From this string, just put in whatever image you'd like as the desktop background, but make sure that it resides on that particular machine.

I'm sure someone either has a script or can make one to help propogate this out to multiple machines.

As a side note, you can also set a 'corporate' wallpaper (behind the ctrl-alt-del dialog box) if you like. (Different registry keys, but still not a big deal)

Good Luck!

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Wrong forum

by deepsand In reply to Desktop Background Lockdo ...

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions."

Please re-post there.

Thank you.

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by jubeir.patel In reply to Desktop Background Lockdo ...

Thanks Tmartin for your reply. was most helpful & deepsan, i didn't think of putting this in q & a as its my first thread and i didn't know that it existed.

I noticed that if users have customised their desktop the registry key is created, if they haven't they haven't got the key.

though ro resolve i didn't actually change or remove any keys, all i did was first of all set the Group policy to set all desktop backgrounds to one of the windows standards, then after everyone logged in, i then reset the policy to "none", so upon the next login all backgrounds had reset to the blue. case closed.


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