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Disabling "Set As Desktop Background"


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hmmmmMMM Posting here just to seond that question and get myself subscribed to this thread...

I am curious and think if it is not tweakable as such should be.... M$ should even make it a visible option - because in a corporate situation this is just about the most of a gimme as something most corporate desktops would like "locked down" even if they are not slipstreaming and net installing crippled and customised installs anyway....

So post up - I wanna hear too.... Surely tweakable.... :ermm::devious:;)


I'm sorry Hal...
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Not Too eXPerienced

Thanks for the reply but since I am not too familiar with regedit could you please make a step by step instruction how to do it? I would really appreciate it, i hope you will be patient enough to elaborate coz I dont want to mess up with my PC, thanks again


I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
As always, backup the reg before changing it,

as a simple way of doing it, open a command prompt (start->run-> type "cmd" no quotes)
and copy/paste / type this in

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop /v NoChangingWallpaper /t REG_DWORD /d 1

try just that one first, may not need the other one.


Not Too eXPerienced
I have done it, but all it did was to remove the "Desktop" Tab from the display properties window. changing wallpaper is still available via right clicking a picture file then seelecting Set As Desktop Background


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Political User
That will, by design, remove the Desktop tab from the Display Properties. If you want to remove the option to do so via a right-click, you should try his second option. And, fwiw (for what it's worth), I would recommend setting this at the HKLM level so that it's a global change.

So, try this:

Start - Run - copy and paste these into the dialog box and hit enter after each one. Remember to backup the registry before doing it and reboot to apply the changes -

reg add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop /v NoChangingWallpaper /t REG_DWORD /d 1

reg add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v NoDispBackgroundPage /t REG_DWORD /d 1


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Googling, I found this:
The menu you get when you right click a image viewed in thumbnail,
Set as desktop background is in the registry (Start > run, type in regedit)
The information in there should be:


Value Name: @shell32.dll,-31289
Value Data: Set as desktop background
So.. remove this entire entry?
use at your own risk i guess.. or backup!

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