Deploy desktop wallpaper/background, Outlook Signature & Windows Screensaver as a App using SCCM, Intune or other software deployment tools - Demo 1

This article will focus exclusively on the deployment of a Windows Personalization Package. The package includes desktop background images suitable for various screen resolutions, Outlook signatures, and a Windows screensaver. These elements will be packaged as an app that can be deployed using Microsoft Intune. While a similar process could be used for deployment via SCCM, this post will not delve into that aspect.

Before proceeding further, ensure you have the following items prepared:

  1. Install the WPSecure Packager. It can be downloaded by clicking the “Download Packager” button at the top right corner of this page.
  2. Have your desktop wallpaper images ready for import. We’ll discuss these images more later in this post.
  3. If you plan to include Outlook signatures in the personalization package, ensure they are designed and ready for import.
  4. Lastly, if a screensaver is needed, create a SCR file and keep it ready to be added to the package.

Step 1: Open the Personalization Packager

If the WPSecure Personalization packaging software has not yet been installed on your system, you can do so by clicking the “Download Packager” button at the top right corner of this page.

If you have an active subscription, click the “Click here to agree to the terms and start the application.” If you do not use the button “Click on the link to try the demo.”

You can log in using your subscription’s email address and password if you have a subscription. If you do not know or remember your password, click the “Forgot your password” link. If such a subscription exists, a password reset email will be sent to the email address. If you have logged in before and your access token has not expired, the authentication will happen silently, and the authentication box will not appear.

A successful login process should land you on the following Screen. All the action concerning the Windows Personalization Packager happens on this Screen. The layout is simplistic, and the process is self-explaining.

Step 2: Preparing the desktop background images for demo 1

The Packager allows you to open one or more images in JPG format from a selected folder. The packager only allows up to 90 desktop background images of varying dimensions and orientations. The size of each image cannot exceed 10 MB. Image Width and Height cannot be a decimal/fraction. The images folder will look similar to the image below.

Note: The WPSecure desktop background processing engine will pick the most suitable image based on size, aspect ratio, orientation, and availability. The presence of a more accurately fitting image will result in a higher-quality desktop background image being set. Having said that, just 1 image is required.

The following are some recommendations for choosing desktop wallpaper backgrounds:

  • Although only one image is required per package, we recommend identifying all possible screen resolutions within your environment and creating different image sizes. This keeps the intended message clear without pixelation or choppiness.
  • We recommend identifying all possible screen orientations within your environment and creating corresponding portrait and landscape images. This keeps the intended message clear without pixelation, stretching, or choppiness.
  • Follow desktop background layouts as shown in our demo pages. Even better, engage us to create your packages.
  • Some studies suggest that reducing the blue light emitted from screens can help reduce eye strain and fatigue, while others suggest that the contrast between black and white can also contribute to eye strain. Use colors and contrast that are easy on the eyes.
  • Place messages in areas of the user’s desktop that do not have icons.

Listed below are some of the commonly used screen resolutions. Reverse the value of width and height for portrait orientations.

1920 X 108023.87%
1366 X 76814.04%
1280 X 10245.41%
1024 X 7684.63%

Step 3: Preparing Outlook signatures for demo 1

An Outlook Signature is a block of text that is automatically added to the end of an email message in Microsoft Outlook. It usually contains the sender’s name, contact information, and other details that the sender wants to include in every email message.

There are two types of Outlook signatures: Send message and Reply message signatures.

The total file size of each Outlook signature and its assets cannot exceed 10 MB.

New message signature: A new message signature is used when composing a new Microsoft Outlook message. It should include a ‘wpsecure_new.htm’ HTML file and optionally include a ‘wpsecure_new.txt’ Text file and an optional ‘wpsecure_new_files’ directory that contains resource files like images, CSS, etc.

Microsoft Outlook New Signature

Reply message signature: A reply message signature is used when replying to an email message. It should include a ‘wpsecure_reply.htm’ HTML file and optionally include a ‘wpsecure_reply.txt’ Text file and an optional ‘wpsecure_reply_files’ directory that contains resource files like images, CSS, etc.

Microsoft Outlook Reply Signature

Use placeholders like {{last_name}}{{email_address}}, or {{job_title}} in the ‘wpsecure_new.htm’‘wpsecure_new.txt’‘wpsecure_reply.txt’, and ‘wpsecure_reply.txt’ files to automatically load user-specific data at runtime. The WPSecure Outlook signature engine replaces the placeholders with the information in the registry corresponding to each placeholder. If the Key path does not exist create it. For example, the placeholder {{last_name}} will be replaced by the following registry entry. 

Key pathHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\wpsecure\signature
ValueJohn Doe

Step 4: Preparing Windows Screensaver for demo 1

The file size of the screensaver file must be at most 20 MB and have a ‘.scr‘ file extension.

In terms of input quality for the screensaver, it’s important to ensure that the images or videos used are of high resolution and quality. This will help to create a visually appealing and professional-looking screensaver.

There are several tools available that can be used to create custom screensavers for Windows. One way to create a screensaver is to use the built-in tool in Windows 10. You can arrange your desired screensaver photos in a folder of your choice, then access the Personalize applet by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop. From there, you can select the Lock Screen tab and then go to Screen saver settings. In the window that opens, select Photos from the dropdown menu and configure the settings according to your preferences.

Another option is to use a third-party tool such as Canva or Adobe Spark. These tools offer a range of templates and design elements that can be used to create custom wallpapers and screensavers. With these tools, you can easily upload your own images or choose from a library of stock images to create a unique and personalized screensaver.

Screensaver file