Windows Server: How to Force a Solid Background Color

To avoid the typical picture on the background of your desktop, use the following procedure to force a solid blue color as background:

  • Start the Group Policy Editor: gpedit.msc
  • Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop > Desktop
  • Open Desktop Wallpaper
  • Enable it and set the Wallpaper Name to:
  • Click on OK to save the changes

While you could also just right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize and set a solid background color, this did not stick on my Windows 2022 Servers (it always returned to a black background after a while). The method above was the only one to keep the blue background permanently.

Side-note: If you want the same background on the lock screen and during logon as well, follow this procedure:

Windows Server: How to force a certain Lock and Logon Screen

One thought on “Windows Server: How to Force a Solid Background Color”

  1. Hi,

    This way you still have an image i.e. you use memory and CPU time to display it.

    You can avoid this by setting your path to "" and you will have no image at all.
    Then you can set a color background if you want.

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