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XP Desktop

Discussion in 'Software' started by Makaveli, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Makaveli

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    Guys,

    We have XP Pro on a network, and we have a standard desktop background load for everyone. I wanted to know if there is a way to change the desktop picture permanantly on a individual profile? Is there a file in Winxp > profiles that can be modified?
     
  2. Bluerinse
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    If you have a company policy which dictates a standard desktop for everyone. Why does this individual want something different?

    It sounds to me like you have a group policy in place which is controlling the wallpaper of your XP workstations but you haven't made this clear. Are you running Active Directory?

    If this is the case, it depends how it has been set up. There is a setting in GPO, that sets a *no override* status. If that has been set then you are going to get that policy. If not then it is possible.

    You might also want to google mandatory user profiles.
     
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  3. Makaveli

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    I think we are running active directory, is there a way of checking?

    If were not how would I go about changing it permanantly? I can change the desktop picture but when I restart it defaults back...
     
  4. tripwire45
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    I'm almost certain that your network is running Active Directory and your desktop and probably many other features on the network PCs are controlled by GPOs. I know in a lot of enterprise organizations, Someone in upper management decide to standardize all of the company computers so that they can only be customized by the end user in a limited (if at all) fashion. That means you can change your wallpaper during a session, but once you logout and log back in, the GPO reapplies the domain default.

    As far as trying to tell if your network uses Active Directory, if you are signing on to your Windows computer using "username@domain.com and then inputting your password, the it's an AD network. Also, if your logon box has three fields, User name:, Password:, and Log on to: and a dropdown menu on Log on to: lets to select either the local machine or the domain name, you're probably on an AD domain. I've attached an image of a Windows XP logon box so you can see what I'm talking about.
     

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  5. Makaveli

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    Hi Trip!

    Yes we have a domain box, so looks like AD.

    Thanks
     
  6. Bluerinse
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    Yup, if you are logging into a domain, the domain controller has a copy of the Active Directory database and one of it's functions is to apply GPOs (group policy objects) to the user and or computer.

    You didn't answer my question below Makaveli :rolleyes:

    If you have a company policy which dictates a standard desktop for everyone. Why does this individual want something different?

    Trip this isn't always the case, you certianly can log on with the above type syntax although it doesn't have to be .com it could be *dot* anything (domain.local for example) or you can log on just with a username/password and domain name.
     
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  7. tripwire45
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    My bad. I grabbed the first example out of my hat. You are correct, of course.
    :oops:
     
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  8. Makaveli

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    Its me, I like to be different! lol. We are not customer facing so its ok, I dont want a :eek: desktop or anything, just dont want to be looking at the company logo 24/7!
     
  9. Bluerinse
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    lol, *If* you were working Makaveli, you wouldn't see the wallpaper :twisted:

    To be honest, I think you could cause a bit of friction with the IT guys that have a policy for a standard desktop, if you were to bypass or block the policy. How would you react in their shoes?
     
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  10. Makaveli

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    Well the boss has said you can change it if you like, and one of the guys changes his to a pic of the football team he supports, so I know its not an isssue.... but I can see where your coming from!
     
  11. Bluerinse
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    It's likely to be too difficult for you to make the necessary changes to block the policy to your computer or undo the mandatory profile configuration and you would most likely need admin privileges to attempt it.

    I would have a word with one of the IT support people, tell them your manager is happy for you to chose the wallpaper and see what he/she says.
     
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  12. Makaveli

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    I have admin privileges, just a case of making a trip to the server room I guess. But Ive only been with the company a few weeks so its probably best I dont try and be too different :tongue

    Thanks for the advise Bluerinse
     
  13. Bluerinse
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    No worries Maka, good luck :D
     
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