Apr 2, 2011
I’ve always hesitant during my attempt in writing this topic. Because I know that many companies in the world use the ‘Group Policy’ method of restricting something on our PC. And one thing that I hate so much is that when you’re not allowed to change your desktop wallpaper. In this post you can change desktop wallpaper without editing registry settings.
I know that if I post this topic here and somebody from the ‘Administrator’ group of a particular IT department see this, they might try to prevent this ‘hack’. In the company were I used to work, it’s not allowed to edit the registry. Although the company rules does not say about changing your wallpaper is bad, they devise a way to prevent this from happening.
If I edit my computer’s registry I will be accused of violating the company rules. I do not want my wallpaper to be changing almost twice everymonth. It makes me dizzy in finding my icons and widgets on the desktop. So to all Admins out there, why restrict the desktop wallpaper? Company Advertisements? I don’t know, but I know that it will not hurt your job by allowing users to change their wallpaper.
I want my family picture as my desktop wallpaper, but I do not want to loose my job either. So I think hard on this problem. After some minutes of thinking an idea came to my mind. It’s ‘making a particular web url as your desktop wallpaper’. This is possible during the days of Windows 2000 and Windows XP but in Windows 7 this functionality has been removed. But when I tried this Windows 7 wallpaper hack, it works. Here’s how.
First you need to learn some basic html. What? You didn’t like to learn HTML? Ok fine, I’ll just post the HTML code here. See the HTML code below.
<body width="100%" height ="100%" bgcolor="black">
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" frame="void" width="100%" height="100%">
<tr width="100%" height="100%">
<td width="100%" height="100%">
<img align="middle" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" src="olivia-wilde-tron-_1107_1920x1080_wallpapercollection.net.jpg" alt="Tron Bike" height="684" width="1254" />
Copy the HTML codes using your favorite text editor and save it with the ‘.html’ extension. To point your html file to the wallpaper you want to load just change the ‘olivia-wilde-tron-_1107_1920x1080_wallpapercollection.net.jpg’ to the file name of your wallpaper. Make sure that you include subfolders if your HTML file and the image you want to use are not of the same folder location. Save it then put the html file and the wallpaper on the same folder. Double-click the html file then right-click on the image loaded by the html file and choose ‘Set as desktop background’. As of now you can only do this using FireFox. I really don’t know why Chrome does not allow you to set HTML file as a desktop wallpaper.
Buda bing buda boom! your wallpaper has changed! This way you’re not violating any rules. But take note that during desktop refresh and that you’re connected to your corporate LAN the ‘wallpaper’ set using Group Policy will take over. So you have to change it again. That’s the only disadvantage, but you’ll enjoy your favorite wallpaper. Have a nice day!
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