Set Desktop Background Colour With A GPO

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

CLASS USER

CATEGORY !!categoryname

KEYNAME "Control Panel\Colors"

POLICY !!policyname

EXPLAIN !!explaintext

PART !!labeltext DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED

VALUENAME "Background"

ITEMLIST

NAME "Black" VALUE "0 0 0"

END ITEMLIST

END PART

END POLICY

END CATEGORY

[strings]

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.

Tags: Desktop, GPO

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.

Comments (2)

  • Avatar

    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”.

    Reply

  • Avatar

    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

    Reply

Leave a comment

Categories

Vote!

What Web Browser Do You Use?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Vote!

What do you prefer..VMware or Hyper-V?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...