February 19 2010

Windows 7 background image doesn’t apply

In an Active Directory domain network environment, you apply a “Desktop Wallpaper” Group Policy setting to the domain users. However, the setting is not applied to domain users who log on to client computers that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 – taken straight from the Microsoft support site.

I was having this problem in our domain environment and couldn’t understand why the background for non-admin users wouldn’t work. Microsoft have only recently release a hotfix for it -available from http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977944 . I still find it amazing that this wasn’t found and fixed before the RTM build of Windows 7 – it’s so obvious. I guess there were millions of beta testers but probably not that many that were running it in enterprise domain environment.

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