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On one of the W2K Pro work stations in our office, there is one user profile that will always default to a black wallpaper.  I can go into destop properties (rt clk on the desktop, selecting "Properties", etc.), select any other listed wallpaper, (even "Preview" the wall paper), and then clicking on OK or APPPLY, when I return to the desk top, it will be black.  If I go back to Properties, Desktop, background, etc., "None" will be the selected wallpaper.

In any other profile, the wallpaper works fine.
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Question by:TimLaL
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by:Pete Long
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Id be checking on the current user registry settings for that user?
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBG/TIP3200/rh3259.htm
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by:TimLaL
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I checked out everything that I felt comfortable with using regedit, but could not get the one user profile to ever get anything other than a black background.  The KB article wasn't real clear to me as to how to get to a specific user's wallpaper in the registry, and I didn't feel like experimenting.
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by:RevelationCS
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have you attempted to look at the users color setting for the desktop? You mentioned that you looked at the wallpaper, but you might want to check this option also. Also, have they installed anything on their profile that modifies the screen saver or wallpaper? Possible that one of those might have gone haywire if they had.
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by:RevelationCS
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the color settings would be under the "appearance" tab under properties... might also want to look at the scheme settings to make sure there isnt a wierd scheme loaded there that might be modifying stuff...
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by:TimLaL
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Interesting thing just happened on another work station.
It had what appeared to be a corrupted user profie, so I created a new profile via Users & Passwords in Control panel, then  went into Documents and Settings and created a folder with that name.  I then copied from a known good profile all the desktop, local settings, templates, etc.  Now when I log in as the new user, everything appears to work fine except that I get a black wallpaper again.  
And, as with my original questions, even when I go under the Desktop tab, etc. and select different background, it will show the preview but not accept it when hitting the Apply or OK buttons.
Wierd thing though, when logging onto that user, the correct wall paper will pop up while the desktop is loading, but as soon as the desktop icons begin to appear, the wallpaper goes away.
Again too, when I go back to the Desktop via Properties, "None" will be selected under the background tab.
Hmmm?
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RevelationCS earned 500 total points
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I am not referring to the screen where you select the wall paper. When you open up the Display Properties, there is a tab that says "Appearance' Click on this, then look for the field that says "Scheme" and select "Windows Classic" from the drop down list. Then click apply. This should fix the issue. Also, to note, there is no Preview Screen for the Backgrounds, only for the "patterns". You will want to make sure your Pattern is set to "NONE" and the Background is also set to "NONE".

Hope this helps
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by:RevelationCS
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btw, I was able to replicate your "issue" on a win2k box and fixed it with the above steps...
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by:Pete Long
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points for RevelationCS
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by:RevelationCS
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To be more specific, I believe Pete is referring to this post -> Date: 04/22/2004 02:15PM CDT
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