Prevent Users To Change Windows 8 Start Screen Background

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Here is a short tutorial that explains how to prevent users from changing the background of Start Screen in Windows 8.

We all know, that we can easily set picture as Windows 8 Start Screen background. You can even play slideshow of images in the background of Windows 8 Start Screen.

However, many people like the default settings only and don’t want anyone to change the background of Windows 8 Start Screen. You can prevent various users to change the background quite easily. I will explain this using Registry Editor as well as by using Group policy Editor.

Method 1: Prevent Users to Change Background Of Windows 8 Start Screen Using Registry Editor

The very first method is by using Registry Editor. Follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Open Run. Type regedit in the run box and then click on OK. It will open Registry Editor in new window.

Step 2: In Registry Editor, navigate to Personalization key by using following path:


Prevent Users To Change Background-New DWORD

Click on Personalization key.

Step 3: Go to right panel of Editor. Right click on empty space, navigate to New, and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name the DWORD as “NoChangingStartMenuBackground”.

Step 4: Double click on NoChangingStartMenuBackground and change its Value data from 0 to 1, by double clicking on it.

Prevent Users To Change Background-Change DWORD

Close the Registry Editor. Sign-out and Sign-in to apply the changes.

Method 2 : Prevent Users to Change Background Of Windows 8 Start Screen Using Group Policy Editor

To prevent users from changing the Start Screen background in Windows 8, do the following:

Step 1: Open Run, and type gpedit.msc in the run box. It will open Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: In Group Policy Editor, navigate to Personalization by using the following path:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization

Prevent Users To Change Background-Personalization

Click on Personalization. On the right panel, you will find list of various settings.

Step 3: Double click on the setting that says “Prevent changing start menu background”.

Prevent Users To Change Background-Setting

In the next window, click on the radio button that says “Enabled”.

Prevent Users To Change Background-Enabled

Apply the changes, and then click on “OK”. Sign-out and Sign-in to make changes.

From now onwards, all the users will be prevented from changing the Start Screen background in Windows 8.

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