Deploy Desktop Background Wallpaper using Group Policy

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There are many ways to deploy desktop background wallpaper using group policy. One of the common request from administration or management in any company is to set the desktop wallpaper background with group policy. In this post we will see the easiest way to configure desktop wallpaper using group policy. To brief you about group policy, Group Policy is an infrastructure that allows you to specify managed configurations for users and computers through Group Policy settings and Group Policy Preferences. To configure Group Policy settings that affect only a local computer or user, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor. You can manage Group Policy settings and Group Policy Preferences in an Active Directory Domain Services environment through the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). However note that Group Policy management tools also are included in the Remote Server Administration Tools pack to provide a way for you to administer Group Policy settings from your desktop.

Deploy Desktop Background Wallpaper using Group Policy

Open the Group Policy Management Console. In the Group Policy Management Console, right click on the domain and click Create a GPO in this domain and link it here. You can also create a group policy object and later use the option Link an existing GPO. To link an existing GPO, right-click the domain or OU within the domain, and then click Link an Existing GPO. Provide a name to the GPO, once the GPO is created, right click on the GPO and click Edit. This will open the Group Policy Management Editor.

Deploy Desktop Background Wallpaper using Group Policy

In Group Policy Management Editor, expand User Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Desktop, and then click Desktop. In the details pane, double-click Desktop Wallpaper.

Deploy Desktop Background Wallpaper using Group Policy

To enable this setting click Enabled. The wallpaper name should be set to either local path of the image or it can be UNC path. Set the wallpaper style as Fill. This will work best with most screen resolutions. Click Apply and OK.

Deploy Desktop Background Wallpaper using Group Policy

You need to apply this group policy to the user group. Note that this policy is applicable only to domain users. If you are looking to apply the same policy to computers then you should make use of Loopback processing of Group Policy

On the client machine wait for the policy to get updated. The users may have to log off and login once to see the changed desktop wallpaper. In the below screenshot we see that desktop wallpaper policy settings have been successfully applied.

Deploy Desktop Background Wallpaper using Group Policy

  • Hi PrajwalDesai,
    I have DC1 and Dc2 I have created the policy on DC1 and it synced sucessfully with DC2. and client machine running with Win10. Policy is not applied for the client machines.
    I have applied this policy on the Default domain policy.

  • Hello,

    Previously I was able to deploy our wallpaper without issues but now all users get is a black background. The JPG file is located in “%logonserver%\netlogon” to avoid access issues.

    i have checked the JPG file and if applied manually, it shows fine.

    what could be the cause of the black background?

  • Hi Mr.Prajwal Desai

    I have successfully deployed on windows 7 computers. But with windows 10 computers there are some computers that are not working, even though the image file was copied successfully on that machine.
    Please help me fix this, thank you very much.

    Regards.

  • Hi Praiwal Desai,

    I have successfully deployed on windows 7 computers. But with windows 10 computers there are some computers that are not working, even though the image file was copied successfully on that machine.
    Please help me fix this, thank you very much.

    Regards.

  • Make sure you’re putting the image in a share that you have given share permissions and security permissions to. “Authenticated Users” should have read access to the share you created for shared items.

  • Hello sir i configured as it is …but it is not reflecting in client computers group policy, kindly guide me…

  • I’m trying to apply a wallpaper by using GPO but I can’t do it. I have used all this 2 way but nothing to do.
    Some one can help me please?

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