How to configure desktop wallpaper in a reference image

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 17 Oct. 2012 / Last Updated on 28 Aug. 2012]

A tip on how you can configure the desktop wallpaper for users when you build a reference image of Windows 7 using MDT.

1. Open the unattend.xml file by opening it in Windows SIM from the OS Info tab of your deployment task sequence. 

2. Add the Themes component found under Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup to the "7 oobeSystem" pass. 

3. Configure the "DesktopBackground" property in the Themes component with the desired path, for example %WINDIR%\Web\Wallpaper\MyWallpaper.jpg.

Mitch Tulloch is a eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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