Make Your Desktop Wallpaper Unchangeable

Prevent other user to change your preferred desktop wallpaper. This is mostly applicable to a computer with many users like school laboratory computers, workstations, internet café and other public computer or perhaps you don’t want other people to mess with your own personal computer’s wallpaper.

To do this, we need to configure two things. If you’re a Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic user, skip first step. This edition of Windows 7 doesn’t include personalization.

This is the personalization setting with no restriction. Notice that desktop background option is enabled.Personalization


First: Disable changing wallpaper through Personalization.

  1.  Open Local Group Policy Editor by searching gpedit.msc in the start menu.gpedit.msc_search
  2. In the left column of Group Policy Editor, expand User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Personalization. In the right column click Prevent Changing Desktop Background.1
  3. To disable changing desktop background choose enable from the three options (Not Configured, Enabled, Disabled) then click OK. To enable changing desktop background, choose either Not Configured or Disabled.2
  4. After the setting has been applied your personalization setting should look like this. Notice that Desktop Background option was turned gray.10


Second: Disable changing desktop background through the context menu (Right Click Options).

This will disable making an image file or web image as desktop background by putting a default desktop background. Before we begin you should already have an image ready to be use as default desktop background and I recommend you to save it on a location where no one can delete it. In my example I create a folder in drive C and named it wallpaper then I put there the image.

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor like we did on the first configuration (Step #1).
  2. Expand User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Desktop>Desktop then click Desktop Wallpaper in the right column.
  3. Then from the three options (Not configured, Enabled and Disabled) Choose Enabled. In the Wallpaper Name input the image’s address/location. If you don’t know how to locate your image file, simple right click the image then select Properties. On the property table, click Security tab then copy the Object Name.5

    On the wallpaper style select what you preferred. Finally click OK.6

  4. Restart your computer to activate the setting.

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