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I need to set a specific desktop background picture to a number of Windows XP machines.

Is it possible to use some group policy for this or must I do it one by one?

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+1 due to good question. This is something that should be simple but is hard to find anywhere on the internet. – David Dec 16 '10 at 15:00
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You can use "UserConfig\AdmTempl\Desktop\Active Desktop\Desktop Wallpaper" with a JPG or BMP in your group policies.

-Hope this helps

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Thanks. Will this work if Active Desktop is disabled? – Siim K Dec 16 '10 at 14:30
I'm not sure... I don't think that there is any other way to do this though. I have looked at many places on the internet for that information with no luck. I would just recommend try and posting back the results. Sorry for the lack of information. The most helpful site I have found on this topic is…. They seem to want exactly what you want. – David Dec 16 '10 at 14:53
I'd have suggested a registry key that affects all users, but this works just as well. – Dooley_labs Oct 7 '15 at 12:50

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