Desktop Wallpaper GPO not working


  • Hello,

    I'm in a lab environment using VMware Workstation 11. I 've got 1 Domain Controller running Windows Server 2012 R2 (DC01) and 1 Workstation running Win 7 Pro (WS01).

    I have tried to configure a GPO that would change the wallpaper for my domain users, but it's not working.

    What I've done so far:

    1. DC01 is the Domain Controller

    2. Added WS01 to the domain just fine.

    3. Created the GPO named "Desktop Wallpaper" and added the security group that has a particular user that I'm using for this lab in it.

    4. I then restarted WS01 and log on with that user that's in the security group and nothing happens.

    If I were to right click the desktop and go to change background on the WS01 the name of the jpg is there but no picture.

    Please Help,


    Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:28 PM


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  • If I were to right click the desktop and go to change background on the WS01 the name of the jpg is there but no picture.


    It sounds like GP is processing/applying correctly, but the user/computer doesn't have access to the JPG file, or, the JPF file is not in a correct format?

    Did you configure the GP to point to a local file on the computer C: drive, or, configure to a shared location on a server?

    There are quite a few guides on the web for how to do this, here are some for you to review:

    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:33 PM
  • Thanks but I'm still having issues.

    One thing I didn't do that you pointed out was share the folder that the image was in. Stupid of me not to think of that in the first place. I can now navigate to that shared folder on the Windows Server 2012 (DC01) using a Windows 7 Pro workstation (WS01). Now that I've changed that and it's shared I still can't get the GPO to work. I've tried deleting it and then recreating another one but still nothing. 

    I've tried creating a new registry key in the GPO, but that didn't work either.

    This is so simple and basic I'm thinking there's an issues with VMware itself. I mean all I'm trying to do here is change the domain users desktop wallpaper for crying out loud.....

    I have yet to move on to creating another GPO for folder redirection because I can't even get this to work.

    Help please

    Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:07 PM
  • I got it!!!

    I just used the UNC path to the server instead of using C:\Wallpaper\Win7.jpg because that would just point to a path on the local computer not to the server.

    Holy Moly!

    Thanks guys


    Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:34 PM
  • Good to see you are unblocked.
    And thank you for sharing your experience here. It will be very beneficial for other community members who have similar questions.


    Ethan Hua

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:17 AM