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WALLPAPER WIERDNESS

Posted on 1997-12-12
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I can not get W95 to change wallpaper. It happens to be clouds/tiled right now.

Attempting to change I right-click on the desktop and open Properties. Then I select the new tiled design (a bitmap file already set for wallpaper use that resides in c:\windows, though the result is the same with the M$-issue wallpaper designs).

Next I hit Apply and OK. The new design appears on my desktop. All is right with the world. I can even go to the Win.ini file to confirm the new wallpaper entry.

HOWEVER, on the next boot-up this is all gone and the wallpaper has reverted to "clouds". Not a show-stopper but really annoying....

What am I overlooking???? Any ideas gratefully accepted. Thanks in advance.

NFH
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smeebud earned 150 total points
ID: 1752484
Save Settings on Exit
Oddly enough, to make your computer Save Setting On Exit,  
What you do is change your "NoSaveSettings" Key in your
registry to read like this; "NoSaveSettings"=hex:00,00,00,00"

The Path to this Key is:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

Or you can copy everything between the lines and paste it
to notepad, then save as "Save.reg". Then just double click
on it and it will put that key and value in for you:
You should reboot to make sure the change takes effect.
=================
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

"NoSaveSettings"=hex:00,00,00,00
================
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by:nfh
ID: 1752485
Thanks for prompt and lucid response...I am amazed it takes dangerous registry tinkering to resolve this, Well maybe I am not amazed...it IS Windows 95.

I asked the question for another person and we must do this via phone. If there are further questions I'll come back...

Many thanks!!
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by:smeebud
ID: 1752486
Great:)
Sure, let me know if you have any other questions.
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by:nfh
ID: 1752487
NO JOY>>>
Worked on this by phone and could not get your solution to work.

We found that at the prescribed location both of our machines show the value: 0x00000000 (0)

However, one machine happily accepts wallpaper changes and the other refuses to do so.....

We tried to change "NoSaveSettings" to hex value : 00 00 00 00 as you suggested. Could not get any of the regedit tools to accept this value for "NoSaveSettings" in this format. I am not clear whether success would change the present 0x00000000 (0) to
00 00 00 00 or whether we are just operating on part of this string.

So next we tried using the Save.reg approach as you also suggested. Following the script carefully produced a message box indicating the registry change had been accepted/posted. A reboot and test revealed:

1. The machine still won't accept wallpaper changes
2. The value for "NoSaveSettings" remains 0x00000000 (0)

Any other ideas gratefully attempted...
Could you pls send a cc of your response to :LNichol764@aol.com

Many thanks
NFH
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by:smeebud
ID: 1752488
Is this the path to your original NoSaveSettings;
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

If so, backup present registry and delete your key and run
===========
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

"NoSaveSettings"=hex:00,00,00,00
===========
again.
I would work right within the registry itself.
A registry editor offten does not show values the way they are shown in the registry.
Also:
WRPV3.ZIP is the Best and easiest Backup/Restore I've Seen. Go To:
http://www.webdev.net/orca/system.html and scroll to WRP

You can fell quite safe use WRP. I've tested it every way you can think of. It always restores screw ups.

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by:nfh
ID: 1752489
As folks who aren't professional systems developers we got concerned about a lot of registry surgery. Some random guesses somehow produced a solution, however; and it may be of further use to you and your clients....

The machine which was rejecting wallpaper changes started accepting them when the Microsoft screensaver was disabled...

Go figger...

NFH
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by:nfh
ID: 1752490
As folks who aren't professional systems developers we got concerned about a lot of registry surgery. Some random guesses somehow produced a solution, however; and it may be of further use to you and your clients....

The machine which was rejecting wallpaper changes started accepting them when the Microsoft screensaver was disabled...

Go figger...

NFH
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