GPO active desktop wallpaper does not work on windows 7

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Harmjan Olthoff, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Maby someone here can help me.

    I manage the system for a small business with 2003 server and XP clients.
    I use a GPO for the wallpaper (active desktop .htm file).
    On XP this runs very fine however I now am testing Windows 7 and I cannot
    get the GPO to work.

    I have found this article: and
    installed the hotfix, this did not help.
    I also used the workaround registry edit but this also makes no difference.

    I keep getting the black desktop and can localy edit everything but with the
    same user on an XP machine the GPO wors fine (with correct wallpaper and all
    restrictions to keep people from changing it "on").

    anyone maby a suggestion for me?
    Harmjan Olthoff, Mar 1, 2010
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  2. Have you verified that the .htm resides locally on the Win7 clients? Can
    you try and apply a jpg file to see if that works?

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    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Mar 1, 2010
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  3. The .htm file is located on the server, this path was also set in registry.
    Ive tried .jpg (in an exact same group policy) and that works just fine.
    It's only the .htm file that wont work in win7.
    Harmjan Olthoff, Mar 2, 2010
  4. Ive tried to set everything local but it still won't work.
    Even when I want to set it manualy it fails.

    Seems that Windows does not support active desktop anymore, epic fail?
    Harmjan Olthoff, Mar 3, 2010
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