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Windows XP Registry: Whereabouts of display settings?

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At the login screen for Windows XP the monitor resolution, colour depth, and theme are different to the res, color depth, and theme which appears after logging on.

I had a similar problem with Windows ME and solved it by visiting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Config/Display (or something similar) but the XP registry structure seems different and I'm unable to find it.

Can anyone help?
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by:dansoto
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Not sure if this is what you're looking for...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\Settings\Video
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by:onebadmofo
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Hmmm, I think that just allows you to change the visible options in display Properties.

Good try though!
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by:pjknibbs
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I can see the theme being different, but I'm sure it's not actually possible for the resolution or colour depth to be different on the logon page than it is when logged in. Microsoft removed the option of different users having different resolutions when Windows 2000 was launched (it used to be possible in NT 4), and I believe XP is the same.
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by:onebadmofo
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I think I meant that the refresh rate was different!

Sorry.

The refresh rate at logon is 60Hz. After logon it is 75Hz.

The color depth is definitely different too.
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by:MartialFluid
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Have you installed Adobe PhotoShop? Becuase if you have it installs Adobe Gamma with it. If you go into control panel in classic view the icon will be there and it will allow you to change the colour settings. At first Adobe Gamma was in my start up menu and it changed the colour depth when i logged on. Hope this helps,

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Thanks, MartialFluid, but I solved the problem myself. All I did was re-install my video drivers from within windows set at 1152,864.
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