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Applying a wallpaper change from a .reg file.

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A .reg file is being loaded from the startup file at logon under NT4. The .reg file is the desktop key and is designed to set the wallpaper on the desktop. The .reg file loads ok, and changes the wallpaper setting when viewed under desktop Properties. Unfortunately, it doesn't change the displayed wallpaper.

Is there a way to get NT to change the displayed wallpaper to the value set by the '.reg' file? Force a screen refresh?
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by:SysExpert
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Use wincms from zdnet , a free scripting tool or any other batch file scripting tool.

Any mouse click on the background should refresh it.
Does F5 work ??

I hope this helps !
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by:jpas
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No. I mouse click for 'f5' doesn't refresh it. It's like it's set, but not really active.
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Maybe you need to use a different Reg key ??

Have you exported the registry to a text file using 2 different backgrounds, and run a File compare to see the changes ??

Or used regmon to see any changes ?
 have a look at                    www.sysinternals.com                 download regmon

I hope this helps !
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by:jpas
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I know that the key I exported changed from 'None' to  the wallpaper I selected when I did it manually. It's setting it on startup, but it doesn't make it active. Have you tried loading a .reg file from the startup folder and it sets the wallpaper ok?

I'll try the file comparison when I get a chance. Thanks.
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I haven't had a chance to try Wincms or Regmon yet, but they look like they could be very useful utilities for troubleshooting.
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