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How to change all desktop background, screensavers, themes etc

By RowanBarker ·
We are undergoing a major rebranding - this means the screensaver, desktop background, desktop background colour, XP colour theme all need changing.

The new background will not be a problem - but the new background colour will be I think. I've found the reg keys to change it but it may now work for exisisting user accounts. I also need to change the pre-startup windows colour from the blue to the silver (and also on shutdown.) It's causing me a nightmare - over 1000 Pc's plus an IE8 upgrade to roll out seamlessly over the weekend!

Is there an app, custom ADM, list of reg keys for controlling all the display aspects? There are about 10 different places to do things (.default user, current users, xp current version, etc)
I have SMS and login scripts available to use to push out the changes so any suggestions will be gratefully received!

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"pre-startup windows colour"

by seanferd In reply to How to change all desktop ...

Are you referring to the login/welcome screen, or the display color one might see after POST/BIOS splash and before the XP loading splash screen?

You may be somewhat interested in this for some startup functionality:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557.aspx

Most custom installs and GP changes I've seen like this are usually crafted by the admin using GP, WMI, Windows or VB scripting, or AutoIt scripting (or all of the above).

There are aticles and downloads for editors for ADM templates (not free, AFAICT)
http://www.petri.co.il/adding_new_administrative_templates_to_gpo.htm

http://www.google.com/search?num=50&hl=en&newwindow=1&q=adm+template+editor

See reference links at bottom here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administrative_Template#Managing_ADM_files

I'm pretty sure there was a site which had quite a few ADM templates submitted by the community, but I'm not finding it
http://www.google.com/search?q=windows+adm+template+download

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