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How can I stop users from changing wallpaper in XP?

Nothing difficult (I hope). I work at a high school in New Zealand. We run a Linux network with Win95, Win98, Win2k Pro and XP computers. My question is this: In XP, we can lock out changing the desktop background by using gpedit.msc. The trouble is, if someone goes into a drive with photos, it comes up with the option to place the photo on the desktop. Can this be stopped? If so, how?

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Yes -- you can solve the problem by using group policy (local or Active Directory). You can configure specific wallpaper, which prevents users from changing it.

This was first published in August 2003

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