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2 Options to Prevent Users from Changing Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10

After you set a desktop wallpaper for your computer, you might not want others to change it. Now in this post we will show you how to prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper in Windows 10. There are two options.


Option 1: Prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper with Local Group Policy Editor

This method applies to all Windows 10 editions, except the Windows 10 Home edition.

Step 1: Sign in to your Windows 10 with an administrator account.

Step 2: Open the Local Group Policy Editor. To do that, first open the Run dialog using Win + R key, then type gpedit.msc in the box, and click OK.

run gpedit

Step 3: On the left-side pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then click Personalization. Then double click the "Prevent changing desktop background" item on the right-side pane to configure this setting, which is not configured by default.

Double click Prevent changing desktop background

Step 4: Select Enabled, and then click Apply followed by OK.

Select Enabled

Changes will take effect immediately without requiring restarting Windows 10. Now the users of the Windows 10 are prevented from changing the desktop wallpaper. If the user tries to change desktop background via Settings > Personalization > Background, he will see the message “Some settings are managed by your organization”, and the options are greyed out, as shown below.

background changing unavailable

Even if you right click a picture on your computer and select Set as desktop background, nothing would happen. However, the users still might change desktop wallpaper by right clicking on an image in the Internet Explorer browser, and then selecting Set as background. To prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper through the Internet Explorer, you need to continue the following steps.

Step 5: Back in the Local Group Policy Editor, expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Desktop, and then click Desktop. Then double click the Desktop Wallpaper item on the right pane to edit this setting, which is not configured by default.

Double click Desktop Wallpaper

Step 6: Select Enabled, then type the fully qualified path and name of the wallpaper image (*.JPG or *.BMP) you want to use as your desktop background in the field under Wallpaper Name, and then click Apply followed by OK.

specify wallpaper image

Step 7: Restart Windows 10 to apply the changes. That’s it.

Option 2: Prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper with Registry Editor

Windows 10 Home users can use Registry Editor to prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper. Steps are as follows.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor. To do that, first open the Run dialog using Win + R key, then type regedit and click OK.

run gpedit.msc

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Polices\ActiveDesktop.

Step 3: Now you will create a new value inside the ActiveDesktop key. To do that, right click the ActiveDesktop key, and then choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new created value NoChangingWallpaper, and then double click it to change its value data.

Create NoChangingWallpaper value

Step 4: Change the value data from 0 to 1, and click OK.

Change value data to 1

The previous steps only prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper through Settings > Personalization > Background. To prevent users from changing desktop wallpaper by right clicking one image and selecting Set as desktop background, you need to continue the following steps.

Step 5: Back in Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Polices, and click the System key.

Step 6: Now you will create a new value inside the System key. To do that, right click the System key, and then choose New > String Value. Name the new value Wallpaper, and then double click it to change its value data.

Create Wallpaper value

Step 7: Type the path to the image (*.JPG or *.BMP) you want to use as your desktop wallpaper in the field under Value data, and click OK.

Type in wallpaper image path

Step 8: Now close the Registry Editor, and restart Windows 10 to apply the changes. When back in to Windows 10, changes take effect and all the methods of changing desktop wallpaper are disabled and unavailable.