Active Desktop Wallpaper via GPO and Internet Explorer 7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Tater, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Tater

    Tater Guest


    I have our corporate wallpaper delivered via a GPO which uses Active Desktop.
    This all works fine, but when I upgrade a PC to IE7, the wallpaper appears
    breifly, and then is replaced by an image placeholder.

    It appears that some sort of security setting with IE7 is preventing the
    display of the Active Desktop wallpaper.

    I have tried but I don't even
    get a "Restore My Active Desktop" button.

    All I get is an image placeholder.

    I will be unable to deploy ie7 until this is resolved.
    Can anyone help?
    Tater, Jun 26, 2007
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Leonard Grey, Jun 26, 2007
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  3. Is it in %windir%\Offline Web Pages? Perhaps it is trying to synchronize
    and then discovering that IE7 has disallowed that?

    <meta name="Title" content="Release Notes for Internet Explorer 7" />

    (Live Search for
    "active desktop" ie7 synchronization

    Active Desktop has been removed from Windows Vista.
    It is still available on 32-bit versions of Windows 2003 Server
    and Windows XP SP2 with reduced functionality.
    The following features have changed:
    a.. Synchronization of Active Desktop with online content is no longer supported.
    b.. The ability to restore Active Desktop if software or the operating system
    stops responding is no longer supported.
    c.. The Active Desktop item’s window does not show the title of the webpage
    (it shows the address of the webpage).
    d.. For a webpage restricted by Content Advisor, the Action Cancelled page
    is not displayed.

    What are its properties?

    Since you see it flash there may be some traceable events happening
    involving whatever that icon represents. I would try running ProcMon
    and see what they are.

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Jun 26, 2007
  4. Tater

    Tater Guest

    Active Desktop--Active Desktop has been removed from Windows Vista. It is
    still >available on 32-bit versions of Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP SP2
    with >reduced functionality. The following features have changed:

    I have XP Sp2
    the image is not online - it is sitting on a unc path, does this qualify?
    Don't care
    Don't care
    Content Advisor isn't turned on

    The paragraph you referred to doesn't say that it isn't supported at all,
    just reduced functionality.
    Surley there must have been many other companies using the same Group Policy
    to set their background. I would think there should be a work around for this.

    Thanks for the link though
    Tater, Jun 27, 2007
  5. Tater

    Tater Guest

    Nope, it is on our domain controller, \\server\netlogon\images\desktop.jpg
    Tater, Jun 27, 2007
  6. Tater

    Tater Guest

    I believe this only happens if you are using roaming profiles.

    Can anyone help?
    Tater, Jul 12, 2007
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    Hilm Guest


    It seems the problem is to do with redirecting the Application Data folder
    through Group Policy.

    If you browse to your roaming Application Data path, browse to microsoft,
    internet explorer. Here you will find a file called desktop.htt - open the
    file and edit the path so that it points to the network location of your
    wallpaper. Save changes then refresh your desktop.

    Hilm, Jul 16, 2007
  8. Tater

    Tater Guest

    Hey thanks that worked.

    My staff will be very happy to get the ie7 now
    Tater, Jul 18, 2007
  9. Tater

    Hilm Guest

    Your welcome tater, just make sure that you make the file desktop.htt read
    only otherwise each time they log out and back in it will revert to the
    default values.
    Hilm, Jul 19, 2007
  10. Tater

    Tater Guest

    I found that even with making the file read only, IE7 reset it during the day
    and the wallpaper was lost. I think I have discovered a more permanent
    soloution which is:

    If you have this problem with roaming profiles and redirected folders, then
    I think I have solved it.

    Put the server where your "application data' folder is redirected, into the
    "trusted sites" zone.

    For example,

    if you redirect the "application data" folder to
    \\servername\share\username\application data,

    then add file://servername into the "trusted sites" zone. (This can be done
    via Group Policies)

    You will need to do this for each server if you have mulitple servers where
    you are redirecting the application data folder to.

    This caused another error for us as we also run exe's off servername, and as
    the server had moved from the local "intranet zone", to the "trusted sites"
    zone, we were now getting prompted to run the exe's. Adjusting the zone to
    "Medium-Low" corrected this for us. (This can also be done via Group Policies)

    I hope this helps some of you.
    Tater, Oct 11, 2007
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