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"Slideshow" function not asserting when calling theme from GPO

    Question

  • Applying a custom .theme file in Windows 10 using GPEdit.msc

    User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization - Load a specific theme

    After creating a new user and logging in to the newly created account, the theme called out in the key is listed in Settings-Personalization under the Themes section, but the default value in the Background field is "Picture" instead of "Slideshow" as called out in the .theme file.

    Of note: The theme's slideshow option functions normally once the theme is MANUALLY selected from within the Themes section.

    So the question would be how do you ensure that the complete theme is asserted?


    Local machine - in an active directory world

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:26 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Based on my test, When I save a theme that Background show "Picture", and then apply it to group policy.

    After that, all new user accounts' background are all Picture.

    If I save a theme that background show "Slideshow", and then apply it to group policy. After that, all new user accounts' background are all Slideshow.

    Here I suggest you apply your customized theme, set the background as Slideshow, and then save it as a .theme file.

    Afterwards, replace your group policy file with that new .theme file for test.


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    • Marked as answer by ragingsamster Friday, March 24, 2017 1:34 PM
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:17 AM
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All replies

  • Hi,

    Based on my test, When I save a theme that Background show "Picture", and then apply it to group policy.

    After that, all new user accounts' background are all Picture.

    If I save a theme that background show "Slideshow", and then apply it to group policy. After that, all new user accounts' background are all Slideshow.

    Here I suggest you apply your customized theme, set the background as Slideshow, and then save it as a .theme file.

    Afterwards, replace your group policy file with that new .theme file for test.


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help.
    If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    • Marked as answer by ragingsamster Friday, March 24, 2017 1:34 PM
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:17 AM
    Moderator
  • And as always, it pays to make sure that the path I call out in the policy is correct (D'OH!)

    Local machine - in an active directory world

    Friday, March 24, 2017 1:35 PM