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    Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    I'm sure this is an easy one for you guys, but...

    how do I prevent users changing the desktop wallpaper on XP Pro /Win2k server?

    have set GP to block usual way, but users can still use IE or Irfanview to do this.

    TIA.

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    thanks, Simcfc73, but I already have this enabled in GP and it doesn't prevent changes!

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    We have a gpo set to change the users background to one from the server if they use any other method to try and change it it doesn't work but sets the logon background to their image.

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    It definitely works with GPO on my system. It won't let me apply as wallpaper via IE.

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    hmmm......

    my gpo settings are;

    user config>desktop>active desktop>enable active desktop
    >active desktop wallpaper (specified)
    >allow only bitmapped wallpaper

    this is right, isn't it?

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    Active Desktop Wallpaper enabled.
    Wallpaper name set.
    Allow HTML and Jpeg Wallpaper.
    Prohibit Changes.

    I didn't set the BMP only setting but use a BMP anyway.

    I only tested the internet explorer set as wallpaper option. Haven't tested others programs.

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    Check out MS Paintbrush as this is another vector beloved of the little ones

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    I favour taking a machete to their fingers each time they mess about - I rarely have a problem reoccur more than 10 times per user...

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    It stops them changing the wallpaper using paint too. I just checked.

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    Re: Prevent users changing wallpaper ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73
    It stops them changing the wallpaper using paint too. I just checked.
    I imagine a machete would

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    Firefox is very hard to stop changing the wallpaper especially as there is a portable apps version so if you can get away without it or somehow get rid of the wallpaper option they can still use their portable version. I guess the only way is to stop .exe execution as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinemarten View Post
    I'm sure this is an easy one for you guys, but...

    how do I prevent users changing the desktop wallpaper on XP Pro /Win2k server?

    have set GP to block usual way, but users can still use IE or Irfanview to do this.

    TIA.

    Search for BGINFO.EXE within Edugeek. It's what we use.

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    We use a generic account for student logins in the system I work in and I set permissions on the HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop to deny that account permissions change to that key. Specifically I set Set Value and Create Subkey to deny.

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    We have a mandatory profile here and the desktop background is set via GPO, however when students right clicked images within IE or the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and clicked set as background, the chosen image would temporarily be set as the wallpaper but then it would revert back to the one assigned via GPO just as quickly.

    To get around this we use the following two options:

    1. For IE we use the following registry entry

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
    "NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000001

    This will grey out the 'Set as Background' within IE whenever a image file is right clicked.

    2. To stop them using the stupid Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to set images as desktop wallpaper run regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll from the command line to unregister the necessary dll.

    Hope this helps

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