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Prevent changing start menu background

Description:

Prevents users from changing the look of their start menu background, such as its color or accent.


By default, users can change the look of their start menu background, such as its color or accent.


If you enable this setting, the user will be assigned the default start menu background and colors and will not be allowed to change them.


If the "Force a specific background and accent color" policy is also set on a supported version of Windows, then those colors take precedence over this policy.


If the "Force a specific Start background" policy is also set on a supported version of Windows, then that background takes precedence over this policy.





Supported on:

At least Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 or Windows RT

GPO PowerShell Regedit CMD

We can use Command Prompt to add or delete the registry key(s):


For Enabled, Add the registry key:

REG add "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization" /v NoChangingStartMenuBackground /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


For Disabled, Delete the registry key:

REG DELETE "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization" /v NoChangingStartMenuBackground /f


For Not Configured, Delete the registry key:

REG DELETE "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization" /v NoChangingStartMenuBackground /f