How to block changing wallpaper in Windows 10

Personalization in Windows 10 is one of the biggest attractions of the system. the wallpaper and color variations are quite wide compared to previous versions. However, sharing your computer with someone else can make changes to the wallpaper. Find out how to lock the background with the Windows Registry Editor .

If you are a parent and your children already use and have access to your Windows account on the computer, more than once you will have been surprised that they made some slight modifications to the wallpaper . Fortunately, you can lock the wallpaper so that another user does not modify it.

How to block changing wallpaper in Windows 10

The wallpaper can be locked through the Windows Registry Editor. It is important to clarify that this configuration works with a user with administrator permissions . It is a simple procedure and you will not have problems if you follow it step by step.

  • Press the hotkeys Windows + R
  • When the small window opens in the lower left side of the screen, type regedit 
  • Go to the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies.
  • Select the record identified as ActiveDesktop . In case you do not have this registration you can create a new one.
  • To create a record, right click on the right panel, select New and then New DWORD value (32 bits ). Name it NoChangingWallPaper .
  • Open the registry to modify the value by double clicking. Change the value to 1 .
  • Reboot the system for the changes to take effect.

Lock the wallpaper from Local Group Policy Editor

Windows 10 allows you to lock the wallpaper from the local group policy editor. It is the ideal option for users who are not experts and who fear damaging the operation of the PC.

  • Press the Windows + R hotkeys to bring up the Run window .
  • Type gpedit and hit enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Access the path User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Control Panel / Personalization .
  • In the Settings options on the right panel, select the option Prevent changing the wallpaper .
  • There are three configuration options available: Enabled, Disabled, and Not Configured. If you have not made any changes, the Not configured option should be checked. Change it to Enabled .
  • Apply the changes and press the accept button.
  • Restart Windows to validate the changes.

If in the future you want to revert this option, you must go back to the same address in the Local Group Policy Editor and select the Disabled option so that the wallpaper can be changed again .

Change wallpaper automatically

Since the implementation of the Windows 7 version, the wallpaper can be configured to change automatically from time to time . A way to add dynamism and that personal touch to the computer.

  • Enter the wallpaper settings by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting the Personalize option . You can also enter from Windows Settings in the Start / Personalization menu .
  • Select the background tab. Later modify the Background option and select the Presentation option .
  • Choose the folder of the images that you want to be displayed as wallpaper.
  • Choose how often the images are changed. You can choose between intervals of 1 minute, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours and 1 day.
  • If you wish, you can enable the random order, so that there is no specific order to display the images.
  • Finally you can choose the type of adjustment that the images will have. Choose from Fill, Fit, Expand, Tile, Center, and Extend.

 

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