Changing the desktop background in Windows 10 is very simple. You can use Personalization menu in Settings and then set a picture, solid color, or slideshow as your Windows 10 desktop background. There are many wallpaper downloader software also available that can make you change desktop wallpaper time to time. However, there comes a time when you have set a special or favorite desktop background that you don’t to get change by any means. What can be done to prevent changing desktop background in such case? The best option is you can disable all background related options in Windows 10. Yes! All the options like select a picture, slideshow, or solid color for desktop background and ‘Choose a fit’ can be disabled. Thus, only the last set wallpaper will visible as desktop background on your Windows 10 PC.
To disable or prevent changing desktop background in Windows 10, you can use Group Policy (GPO) and/or Registry Editor option. Those who are using Windows 10 Pro, they can use both the options. Windows 10 Home users need to use Registry Editor method as GPO is not available in that version. Using both the options, you can also revert changes anytime to apply a new desktop background whenever you need.
As it is quite clearly visible in the screenshot added above, all the Background related options are disabled under Settings app of my Windows 10 laptop. That simply means I can’t change desktop background until I enable Background options again.
Option 1: Prevent Changing Desktop Background In Windows 10 via Group Policy (GPO) Method
1). This very first step is used to open GPO (Group Policy Editor window). Press ‘Win+R‘ to launch Run Command, type ‘gpedit.msc‘ in the text box, and use Enter key. This will open GPO. You can also do the same using Search box.
2). After opening GPO, Look for the ‘Personalization‘ folder. Here is the location:
User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Control Panel --> Personalization
3). Double-tap on ‘Prevent changing desktop background‘ option.
4). A new window for Prevent changing desktop background option will open. On the top left side, you will see Not Configured, Enabled, and Disabled options. Select Enabled option.
5). Use ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’ button.
This is it! You have done your part. Go to Settings > Personalization > Background. You will see that all Background options are disabled.
To enable changing desktop background in Windows 10 again, you can repeat step 1 to 4 and then select Not Configured option and apply the new change.
Option 2: Prevent Changing Desktop Background In Windows 10 via Registry Editor (Regedit) Method
1). Use Run Command (Win+R) and then write regedit in its text box. This way, you can open Registry Editor. You can do the same using Search box to open Regedit.
2). When Regedit is opened, look for the ‘Policies‘ key. You may copy and paste the following path in the address bar of Registry Editor to access Policies key:
3). On the right side, right-click on the empty area > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. When new DWORD value is created, rename it as ‘NoChangingWallpaper‘.
4). Double-click on NoChangingWallpaper value and add ‘1’ in the Value data box.
5). Press OK.
This way, you can prevent changing desktop background via Registry Editor.
To enable desktop wallpaper change again, you can repeat the above steps and then add ‘0’ in Value data box of NoChangingWallpaper value.
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We all like to add beautiful wallpapers or desktop background time to time, isn’t it! Sometimes we also want to keep a particular desktop background for a long time and don’t want to get it changed accidentally. For Windows 10 PC, prevent changing desktop background is made super easy with Registry and Group Policy. You may try this trick and also help others.