Set Desktop Background Colour With A GPO

Written by Allen White on. Posted in Microsoft, SBS2008/2011, Server 2003, Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP

IT Problem

On windows 7,xp or any other microsoft OS you would like to change the background colour of your desktops across the whole of your network or organisation automatically.

Out of the box server 2008 or server 2003 does not have a policy for this, here is a ADM template that you can download, install and set the background colour of your desktops .

IT Solution

First copy and paste the txt below into notepad, then save the file as “backgroundcolour.adm


CATEGORY !!categoryname

KEYNAME "Control Panel\Colors"

POLICY !!policyname

EXPLAIN !!explaintext


VALUENAME "Background"


NAME "Black" VALUE "0 0 0"






categoryname="Background Color Options"

policyname="Change the background color of the client computer"

explaintext="This policy sets the background color of the client computer"

labeltext="Choose a color"

We then need to save that file to your server. Once done open up group policy management and then create a new gpo and link it to your desired user objects or pc`s.Then do the following.

Edit the GPO you have created

Go to User Configuration => Administrative Templates, right click Administrative Templates and then Add Template

Browse to the Backgroundcolour.adm and add it in.

Under Administrative Templates you will now see a custom category called “Set Background Colour

To change the colour of the desktop, select “Desktop Background Color policy”, then enable it.

Simply then enter the RGB value of the colour you want.

Allen White
Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

ITPS provides strategic IT consultancy, implementation, data centre provision and unified communications, as well as support services and workspace and disaster recovery. If you require a consultation then please contact me via the contacts section or direct on 07931222991, add me on linkedin.

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Comments (2)

  • Bob


    Also: Unmanaged policies are not displayed by default. In the menu “View” select “filtering” and then un-select checkbox “Only show policy settings that can be fully managed”.


  • Also Bob


    Does anyone have a way of preventing this setting from being changed by the user. I have configured it set to the colour I want but the user still has the option of changing it


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