How to prevent users from changing the desktop background

If you like a certain desktop wallpaper and don’t like anyone (kids, friends..) to change it, then you have to Make your desktop wallpaper image permanent. This can be done easily.

To make a particular desktop background permanent, go to Run or search in Vista/7 and type gpedit.msc. Under it, open User configuration >Administrative Templates >Desktop >Desktop >Desktop Wallpaper.

Select ‘Enabled’ under Desktop wallpaper and specify the location of the image or wallpaper that you want to make permanent. e.g. (F:\HD WIDESCREEN\MAD_Scorpion.jpg)

The wallpaper you specify can be stored in a bitmap (*.bmp) or JPEG (*.jpg) file. You can also specify that the wallpaper image be centered, tiled, or stretched.

Note: You will notice the changes after restating or logging off the windows.

Now no one can change your desktop background except you 😀

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, no wallpaper is displayed. However, you can select the wallpaper of your choice.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor of WebTrickz. He is a Tech enthusiast and an Internet freak who loves to try out new gadgets and smartphones. You will usually find him sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter where he is extremely active.

2 Responses

  1. salahuddin says:

    gr8 thing now nobody can stop me.. i’ll make my own wallpapers

  2. Gagan says:

    this will help me alot. thanks 🙂

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