Desktop Wallpaper

Specifies the desktop background (“wallpaper”) displayed on all users’ desktops. This setting lets you specify the wallpaper on users’ desktops and prevents users from changing the image or its presentation. The wallpaper you specify can be stored in a bitmap (*. bmp) or JPEG (*. jpg) file. To use this setting type the fully qualified path and name of the file that stores the wallpaper image. You can type a local path such as C: -> Windows -> web -> wallpaper -> home. jpg or a UNC path such as -> -> Server -> Share -> Corp. jpg. If the specified file is not available when the user logs on no wallpaper is displayed. Users cannot specify alternative wallpaper. You can also use this setting to specify that the wallpaper image be centered tiled or stretched. Users cannot change this specification. If you disable this setting or do not configure it no wallpaper is displayed. However users can select the wallpaper of their choice. Also see the “Allow only bitmapped wallpaper” in the same location and the “Prevent changing wallpaper” setting in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel. Note: This setting does not apply to remote desktop server sessions.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> System # Wallpaper HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> System # WallpaperStyle

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Desktop -> Desktop


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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