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How To Prevent Users from Changing Wallpaper in Windows 11


By default, Windows allows users to change the wallpaper on their computers. You may want to disable this feature if you don’t want users to be able to change them without your permission as you’re concerned if someone adds something inappropriate.

Once you prevent the users from changing wallpaper in Windows, no user on your device will be able to change the wallpaper using the Windows Settings, Control Panel, or by right-clicking the image, and the option to change your desktop background gets faded as in the image below:

option to change desktop background disabled in windows 11
Option to Change Desktop Background Disabled

Windows wallpaper is a personal preference. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to prevent others from changing your device’s wallpaper:


Step 1: Type and open “Edit Group Policy” from the start menu or type and enter “gpedit.msc” in the Windows Run.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization and double-click the “Prevent Changing Desktop Background” option.

select the prevent changing desktop background option
“Prevent changing desktop background” option

Step 3: Select the ‘Enabled’ option and press the ‘Apply’ button.

select the 'enabled' option to prevent users from changing wallpaper in windows 11
Select the “Enabled” option

Step 4: Restart your device to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: Type and open “Registry Editor” from the start menu or press the “Windows key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type “regedit” and hit the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies, right-click the empty area, select the “New” option and click the DWORD (32-bit) value.

right click and add new dword 32-bit value
DWORD 32-bit value

Step 3: Rename the value to “NoChangingWallpaper”, double-click, set its value from 0 to 1, and press the “OK” button.

set value data from 0 to 1 and press ok button
Value Data = 1

Step 4: Restart your device to make changes take effect.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

In this article, we’ve covered how to prevent users from changing wallpaper in Windows 11.

Once you follow the steps above and prevent other users from changing the background of your desktop, you’ll no longer see the option to change wallpaper in Windows Settings and Control Panel.

Later, if you want to change the wallpaper, you can simply revert the configurations to their default ones and you’ll be able to change the desktop background again, like in the image below:

option to change desktop background enabled again after reverting the settings
Option to Change Desktop Background Re-Enabled

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