Lock wallpaper AFTER BGInfo runs

By jprice ·
I'm looking for a way to stop users from changing their desktop wallpapers. I've thought about using a group policy to prevent this, but I still want to allow BGInfo to paint the hostname, IP address and current user info on the screen.

BGinfo runs either from a login script or is placed in a the ALL USERS' startup folder.

If I can't lock the desktop and still allow BGInfo to run, is their a way to detect when a user changes his or her wallpaper and then re-run BGInfo?


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The question is.....

by 1bn0 In reply to Lock wallpaper AFTER BGIn ...

Why would you want to force users to look at that crap on the screen all the time.

BGInfo is a quick way to summarize the local workstation environment, but it would severly **** me off if you tried to force me to look at it all the time. I would probably have a very hi failure rate on my P.C. until someone finnaly got it through to you that although it is the companies computer, I am the one that has to look at it all day.

You may not like your users but they are also your customers. Keep them happy.

Its a tool not a wallpaper.

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In general I would agree with you but....

by jprice In reply to The question is..... I manage over 200 PCs, some at remote offices, I need that info displayed in an easy-to-find location, so that when a user calls me, I know what PC they are sitting at (Hostname), its IP address and the user they are logged in as. That's all I have BGInfo display, in a small typeface in the upper- right-hand corner of the desktop. Most users don't even know it's there until I point it out to them.

And yes, I could have them run winmsd to get this information, but as some of my users don't even know how to create a new folder on the desktop, without me walking them through it EVERY time, so doing that is out of the question.

We also have a company policy that retricts use of any wallpapers that do not come with Windows (or aren't approved by the IT staff). Yet people have ignored this and downloaded programs that change their wallpapers hourly, daily, etc.

I consider myself a pretty reasonable person and do my best to accomadate people's requests. In the past I have scanned in pictures of people's kids, pets, etc. so they can use them as wallpapers, but I do not like being ignored, especially when people download junk that can jeopardize my network's security! (Yes, several of these downloaded wallpaper changers were spyware and they wondered why their PCs suddenly were running slow!) That's why I now have a zero-tollerance policy on this.

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bginfo as Background

by mfava In reply to In general I would agree ...

At my work I?ve setup Bginfo as the wallpaper. I work at a school and we have the problem of students sharing accounts so, it's been setup to show their photo, username, ip etc as well as records it to a mysql database.
Setup windows to use bginfo as the wallpaper (this is done through bginfo) then setup a policy to disable background changes. If you want the exact changes I have made let me know I'll email them to you when I'm at work. User can?t change anything.
That's it.

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by jviolanti In reply to bginfo as Background

I would be curious to see how you have implemented this. I am unable to send you a message through your profile, but if you could respond to jviolanti at mnsd dot org, I would love to implement BGInfo at my school (and keep the little buggers from changing the background)

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by klanders In reply to bginfo as Background

I, too, would be interested in seeing your approach to using bginfo in this scenario. You may email me: klanders ( at ) bezaleel ( _dot_ )net

Much thanks.

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send info please

by relay12 In reply to bginfo as Background

mfava - can I please have a copy of how to do this too.

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