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Desktop Background color via GPO

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August 22, 2005 3:15:06 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.group_policy (More info?)

Greetings,

I am unable to find a way to assign desktop (background color) to a user via
GPO. I can easily assign wallpaper, but not color. Is there a way to do
this?

I know it seems trivial, but I'd like my teachers to be able to determine a
student's network priveledges based on the color of their desktop. Since
student desktops have no icons, this would be a great way for teachers to
view student rights. I know I could vary wallpaper, but that typically takes
two logins to appear. We don't run mandatory profiles and do not wish to do
so. Is there a switch in a GP I'm missing?
Anonymous
August 23, 2005 2:33:38 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.group_policy (More info?)

On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 11:15:06 -0700, "Bear" <Bear@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Greetings,
>
>I am unable to find a way to assign desktop (background color) to a user via
>GPO. I can easily assign wallpaper, but not color. Is there a way to do
>this?
>
>I know it seems trivial, but I'd like my teachers to be able to determine a
>student's network priveledges based on the color of their desktop. Since
>student desktops have no icons, this would be a great way for teachers to
>view student rights. I know I could vary wallpaper, but that typically takes
>two logins to appear. We don't run mandatory profiles and do not wish to do
>so. Is there a switch in a GP I'm missing?


No.

You can create a custom ADM file to set Background, a REG_SZ data type to the R G B value at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

See tip 3259 » Windows 2000 Wallpaper policy.
in the 'Tips & Tricks' at http://www.jsifaq.com

See tip 8532 » Using Administrative Template Files with Registry-Based Group Policy.
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