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How to prevent wallpaper being changed?

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    How to prevent wallpaper being changed?


    Hi,

    Is there a way to prevent the wallpaper being changed on the PC? I tried this method: Prevent Changing the Screen Saver and Wallpaper in Windows 7

    It works. However, when I open firefox/IE, I can still change the wallpaper by "set as desktop background" anything I want. Any ideas?

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    Hello mystvearn,

    If you like, you could do either option in the red warning box at the top of the tutorial below to either specify a desktop background (recommended) for all users, or remove the "Set as desktop background" context menu to help with this.

    Desktop Background - Allow or Prevent Changing - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello mystvearn,

    If you like, you could do either option in the red warning box at the top of the tutorial below to either specify a desktop background (recommended) for all users, or remove the "Set as desktop background" context menu to help with this.

    Desktop Background - Allow or Prevent Changing - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Did that with the registry edit. Still can change wallpaper. Or maybe since I'm the admin that is why I can still change wallpaper?
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    In that case, you could do this below instead to specify a desktop background and prevent it from being changed.

    Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In that case, you could do this below instead to specify a desktop background and prevent it from being changed.

    Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Would it be possible to apply to a folder so that it cycles through images in that folder?
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    Nar, that would only be able to specify a single background image instead.

    Since desktop backgrounds are user specific, you could have each person using the computer have their own user account and not share an account if you are. This way the only one that could change your account's desktop background would be you.

    You would then be able to setup a desktop slideshow for what you wanted without worry of it being changed.

    Desktop Background - Change in Windows 8
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    I see. Thanks
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    You're welcome.
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    Just wondering. Is it possible to remove access of an already admin account to create new accounts?

    If I can use the gpedit.msc to disable changing the wallpaper, is it possible to remove making a new user account as well? I think it will be easier.
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    The only problem is that since it's an administrator account, it can just undo any policy you set if wanted.

    The only true way to stop the user from doing so it to make them a standard user instead of an administrator.

    User Account Type - Change in Windows 8
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