Is there a way to easily set in group policy for each of the machines in our domain to say the machine name on the desktop background? Our users log into multiple machines in a day and tend to get confused which one is which.

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There is not a default Group Policy to display the hostname on the desktop.

An alternative is to use a utility, such as BgInfo, in either a startup/Run registry key/logon scrip/etc to add information to the desktop wallpaper.

BgInfo example

  • Yeah, I just found bginfo and the host name property on it. I just need to figure out now how to set it to not be profile specific.
    – Tony
    Jan 9, 2015 at 14:31
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    What do you mean "profile specific"? If you want it to run for everyone that logs into a machine, add it to either C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. This can be done easily with Group Policy Preferences.
    – jscott
    Jan 9, 2015 at 14:40

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