Prevent changing desktop background

Prevents users from adding or changing the background design of the desktop. By default users can use the Desktop Background page in the Personalization or Display Control Panel to add a background design (wallpaper) to their desktop. If you enable this setting none of the Desktop Background settings can be changed by the user. To specify wallpaper for a group use the “Desktop Wallpaper” setting. Note: You must also enable the “Desktop Wallpaper” setting to prevent users from changing the desktop wallpaper. Refer to KB article: Q327998 for more information. Also see the “Allow only bitmapped wallpaper” setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> ActiveDesktop # NoChangingWallPaper

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Personalization


* 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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