How to Unlock a Set Desktop Background

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How to Unlock a Set Desktop Background
Unlock the background restrictions on your Windows computer. (computer image by blaine stiger from

Allowing users to download and install background images sometimes leads to installing a computer virus. For this reason, system administrators sometimes block background image changes. The security setting is configured in the Windows group policy. The group policy is a directory structure that allows you to turn Windows features on and off. When the background is locked, one of these security settings is enabled. To unlock it, you must reverse the changes in the policy editor.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance" and then click "Administrative Tools." Double-click "Policy Editor" to open the configuration console.

  2. 2

    Click the plus sign next to "Local Computer Policy." This expands a list of options. Click "User Configuration," then click "Administrative Templates," then "Desktop" and then "Active Desktop."

  3. 3

    Double-click the policy setting labelled "Active Desktop Wallpaper." In the opened configuration window, select "Not Configured" from the drop-down.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" to save your settings. The next time you reboot the computer, you have access to change the background settings for your desktop.

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