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Windows Questions and Answers - Blocking Users From Changing Desktop Wallpaper

Ali writes in with a Windows question.
Question:
I want to restrict users in my network that the user can not change the wallpaper on his computer
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Answer: If you are using Active Directory on your network for domain controllers you can edit the Group Policy for the domain and find the section that pertains to changing the desktop wallpaper. It should be under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop\Active Desktop

If not then you will have to disable it on all computers individually using the local Group Policy. You can create a Group Policy MMC snap in by doing the following:

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type mmc, and then click OK.
3. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
4. Click Add.
5. Under Available Stand-alone Snap-ins, click Group Policy, and then click Add.
6. Use the default Group Policy Object (GPO) (Local Computer) to edit the settings on the local computer.
7. Click Close, and then in the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, click OK.

Or a faster way to get to the local Group Policy editor would be to go to Start, Run then type in gpedit.msc and click ok.

After you have the snap in ready you just browse to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop\Active Desktop and change whatever settings you need. You will then have to do this on all computers. You can save the MMC console and use it on the other computers.

 

 

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