How to Manage Windows 10 /11 Desktop Wallpaper with Microsoft Intune

On your Windows OS Desktop, a wallpaper is an image displayed behind the graphical user interface when the user’s desktop is visible. We can use Microsoft Intune to manage desktop wallpaper on Windows 10 and later devices.

In this blog post, we will discuss, how to configure Windows 10 / Windows 11 Desktop wallpaper using Microsoft Intune Device Restriction Policy.

Microsoft Intune device restriction policies help administrator control Windows, Android, Mac and iOS devices. These restrictions let you control a wide range of settings and features to protect your organization resource.

Configure Desktop Wallpaper

In the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center, Select Devices | Configuration profiles and click on Create a profile.

Select the following details in “Create a profile” pane and click on Create.

  • Platform: Windows 10 and later
  • Profile type: Templates
  • Template name: Device restrictions

Intune Device Configuration Profiles | Desktop Wallpaper

In the Locked Screen Experience section, configure the settings as required. For Windows 10 Lock screen, we will select Locked screen picture URL (Desktop only). You need to provide picture URL which is publicly accessible. For corporate environment, the URL should be accessible from company network.

Intune Device Configuration Profiles | Desktop Wallpaper

In the Personalization section, provide the URL for Desktop background under Desktop background picture URL (Desktop only).

Click on Next to move to Assignment page.

Intune Device Configuration Profiles | Desktop Wallpaper

In the Assignment page, add the Azure AD group on which you want to target the wallpaper settings and click on Next.

Intune Device Configuration Profiles | Desktop Wallpaper

In the Review + create page, review the settings and click on Create.

Intune Device Configuration Profiles | Desktop Wallpaper

The Device restriction policy has been now created. You can validate policy per-setting status from from Device blade.

  • Go to Device | Configuration Profiles
  • Click on the Device configuration profile
  • Click on Per-setting status

Intune Device Configuration Profiles | Desktop Wallpaper

Once policy successfully applied to Windows 10 , you can also find following details in Registry. This is useful in case you are not getting desired result and troubleshooting the issue. More details about PersonalizationCSP can be found here.

Windows 10 | PersonalizationCSP

End User Experience

Desktop Wallpaper:

Intune Desktop Wallpaper End User Experience

Lock Screen:

Intune Desktop Wallpaper End User Experience

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7 thoughts on “How to Manage Windows 10 /11 Desktop Wallpaper with Microsoft Intune”

  1. This only works for Windows Enterprise and Education versions.
    Do you happen to have a workaround to make it work on Windows Pro?

  2. It works, but user can’t change the desktop wallpaper once the policy is applied. Any option to enable user to select other desktop wallpaper as well?

    1. This is the limitation of configuring wallpaper using device configuration. If you want to allow user to change the settings then it need to be implemented using a script by updating the registry keys. The image files can be either copied along with script using win32 apps or azure storage can be used to keep the files accessible from all devices.

  3. This doesn’t works on windows 11 systems. We have a bunch of laptops with both Windows 10 and 11. Only shows up on 10 but not 11.

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