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Restrict users from changing the wallpaper in Windows XP

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Author:
Raghu Boddu MVP
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Tips
Restrict users from changing the wallpaper in Windows XP
Click Start, Run.
Type regedit and click OK.
 
I recommend you take backup of Windows registry, before performing the above steps. Improper modification may cause severe damage to Windows operating system. For more information on backing up and restoring Windows registry, visit the following web site:
 

 
Navigate to the following registry key:
 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\System
 
Create a new string value called "Wallpaper" and set it to the full path and filename of the image.
Additionally, to specify the display style, create a new string value called "WallpaperStyle" and set it to either "0", "1" or "2" according to the list below.
 
0 - Centered (Default)
1 - Tiled
2 - Stretched
 
NOTE: You may need to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

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Article ID: 555429 - Last Review: 08/17/2005 19:08:30 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

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