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    Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10

    Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10

    How to Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10
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    15 Aug 2017
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    How to Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Your desktop background (also called wallpaper) can be a picture from your personal collection or included with Windows, a solid color, or a slideshow playing selected pictures randomly on all displays.

    This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent changing the desktop background for specific or all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to allow or prevent changing the desktop background.
    warning   Warning
    You will need to activate Windows before you can personalize your PC.

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: To Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: Desktop Background Settings when Prevented
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    Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10
    To Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Local Group Policy Editor
    Note   Note
    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.

    1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and Personalization. (See screenshot below)

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    3. In the right pane of Personalization, double click/tap on Prevent changing desktop background to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (allow) or step 6 (prevent) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Allow Changing Desktop Background

    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Prevent Changing Desktop Background

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background in Windows 10
    To Allow or Prevent Changing Desktop Background using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

    NoChangingWallPaper DWORD

    (delete) = Allow
    1 = Prevent

    1. Do step 2 (allow) or step 3 (prevent) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Allow Changing Desktop Background for All Users

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Allow_changing_desktop_background.reg

    download


     3. To Prevent Changing Desktop Background for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Prevent_changing_desktop_background.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



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    This policy is sort of funny, it prevent users from changing wallpaper using Windows settings, but users can use any other third party software, which can change a wallpaper, like an image viewer.
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    User Configuration => Administrative Templates => Desktop => Desktop =>Desktop Wallpaper => Enabled => in the “Wallpaper Name” box, enter the full path to the image you want to use as the desktop background => set the “Wallpaper style” drop-down menu to how you want the image handled => ok

    Specify Default Desktop Background in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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