Best way to enforce a standard desktop wallpaper for all users via registry in NTUSER.dat file?
Title. I am trying to set a standard desktop wallpaper for all users in my organization during a system image deployment. I have tried modifying the Default user profile (C:\Users\Default\NTUSER.dat) and adding in the appropriate registry keys (HKEY_USERS\DEFAULTPROF\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper, REG_SZ, <path_to_wallpaper>) and adding a key named "System" in (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies), opened "System" key and added the value (Desktop, REG_SZ, <path_to_wallpaper>). When I sign-in as a new user, a new profile is created but the desktop wallpaper settings do not copy over to the user. Is there something I am doing wrong? Do some keys in the registry not copy over, even if they exist in NTUSER.dat profile?
What is the best way to approach this that doesn't involve setting a GPO?
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