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  • Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

    Ok, hereís another one for you:

    Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

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    Re: Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

    New question so i move it to its own thread.
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    • #3
      Re: Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

      I worked out how to do this but it wasnít through GPO.

      Logged into the laptop with a test account
      Configured all aspects of the account including the appearance (start menu, desktop, Internet settings preferences etc...)
      Reboot & log in as a local administrator
      Win Key + Pause Break Key
      Advanced Tab
      Click Settings button on the user profiles
      Highlight the test account you configured
      Press Copy To button
      Press Browse
      Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User
      Select this folder
      Click Change button on the Permitted to use section
      Enter "Everyone" as the permissions group without the quotes
      Hit OK
      Choose Yes on the confirmation box
      Highlight the test account & delete it.

      Any new account will now be given the same settings as you just set, including the desktop colour.

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      • #4
        Re: Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

        You could alternatively look into the Active Desktop options in GP.
        User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Desktop - Active Desktop
        In there you can either specify a wallpaper by a UNC path or a local path.
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        • #5
          Re: Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

          I Already did this but you cant change the desktop background colour through GPO. This was the only way for me to change it alongside a few other things. I spent a good week on it trawling through the registry with no luck so thought I might save someone some time.

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          • #6
            Re: Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

            If the ultimate goal is to change the color effect in your desktop then it can be done via GPO and Active Desktop. You just have to create a Jpg file with the right resolution with the colour of your choice save it on a network share and then configure the settings I mentioned before.
            The visual end result is the same as you'd do it locally.
            Now if you want to know what registry keys and values are changed when you change the color on the desktop manually, then you can use Regmon from Sysinternals whilst you make the changes to capture any possible registry changes.
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            • #7
              Re: Can you change the desktop background colour via GPO?

              The ultimate goal was to have the desktop background the same colour as my wallpaper so you donít have the naff looking Microsoft blue on the desktop icon text.

              01.gif - shows naff standard Microsoft blue
              02.gif - desktop background colour set to 60 60 60 (RGB) which is the same as the wallpaper background.

              I realise you can u can tick "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" (in performance settings) which removes the background colour on icons. However with the active desktop enabled it keeps adding the naff blue back on the icon text even when you change the default user profile.
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