Removing a background picture from the loggin screen.

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I work for a non-profit that recieved a donated computer.  The screen that contains the user name and password box has an inappropriate picture as a background.  I tried going to the control panel/display controls, but the options there will only let you change the screensaver or background for the desktop.  I tried creating a new user and this gave me a fresh desktop, but the loggin screen with the inappropriate picture remains the same.  How do I get rid of this thing?
Question by:widware
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello widware =)

    If im not misunderstanding, this wallpaper is for the previous default user which u can see at the login time... if yes then when u have already created a new accoutn for urself, then why dont u just delete the previous user account from the system, this will delete all its settigns also including the wallpaper also !!

    and if its not the wallpaper but a default logon screen, then this shud help u :)
    Change the Logon Screen Wallpaper
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    Expert Comment

    If you have never edited the registry directly using REGEDIT as suggested in the page linked to by SheharyaarSaahil , then you can use the following method more safely.  It will do exactly as stated on that page, but without the potential risk of making an accidental change in REGEDIT that could mess up the system.

    Use it ONLY on a Windows 98 computer, NOT on a Windows XP, NT, or 2000 one.

    1. Scroll over the following text and copy it (Ctrl and C keys together)

    -------- start of text to copy (DON'T include this line) --------

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    -------- end of text to copy (DON'T include this line) --------

    2. Open Notepad and paste the contents (Ctrl and V together or Edit menu > Paste)

    3. Backspace at the end of each line, and after the last line to eliminate blank space that will probably be created by copying from this page.

    4. Use Notepad's File menu > Save As option and browse to any folder, eg. your desktop.

    5. Type in a filename like "VoidWallpaper.REG" and, instead of leaving it as "Text Document" in the "Save As Type" field, use the drop-down arrow and click on "All Files ( *.*)"

    (Note the .REG in the filename)

    6. Click the "Save" button and a new file named "VoidWallpaper.reg" will be created wherever you chose to save it.

    7. Locate the file, RIGHT-Click on it, and select "Merge"

    8. Accept the notification that this will merge the contents of the file into the registry.

    9. Now click your Start menu > click RUN > and type SYSEDIT > click OK.  Close down the first 2 files opened and stop at WIN.INI.  Look under the [Desktop] section and ensure it shows:


    10. Reboot the computer and it should be as pure as the driven snow now.

    If you are not talking about the previous WALLPAPER image here, but rather what is an "ICON" on the login dialog box that has been changed, then this could be the work of somebody using a utility that allows them to change the resources inside system files.  I have customised a lot of my files this way, but certainly nothing pornographic.  Well, maybe the odd scantily clad young woman, but not smutty  ;-)

    Icons and bitmap images are displayed in dialogs usually from WITHIN .dll or .exe system files and do not exist as a registry setting or individual files.  In this event, just tell me and I will provide you with an unblemished replacement file and instructions for replacing it.

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    Expert Comment

    Actually, just another thought here.  The original image file will still possibly exist on the computer and could accidentally be viewed by another user browsing through images.

    One way to make sure that the file is deleted is by doing as follows BEFORE running the .reg file as described above:

    1. Start > Programs > MS-DOS Prompt
    2. Type the following commands, pressing the <Enter> key after each, and waiting until the prompt returns again (prompt will be C:\> or C:\WINDOWS>) :

    regedit  /e  c:\wallpaper.txt  HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

    regedit  /e  c:\wallpaper2.txt  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

    This will have created the files "wallpaper.txt and wallpaper2.txt in your C:\ Drive.

    3. Open them in NotePad and look for the lines "Wallpaper" and "PrevWallpaper"
    4. Take note of the path and filename for any .BMP files shown against those settings.
    5. Go to the named folders and double-click on the file(s) to open them in the default image viewer.
    6. Take note of the filename of the inappropriate one.

    After running the .reg file, go back to that folder and delete the image file if it still exists.

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    Expert Comment

    If, after doing the above, you are interested in then placing restrictions for users on that computer by modifying the registry, just ask and you will be guided as necessary.
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    Expert Comment

    Here, I've made it easy for you.

    1. RIGHT-Click the following link and select "Save TARGET As"

    2. Save it somewhere easy to locate and it will download ""
    3. Assuming WinZip to be installed, Right-Click on the file and select "Extract to...".
    (Type in MY user name above when asked for a password - it is case-sensitive, so take note of it now)
    4. Browse to any folder and extract the file "VoidWin98Wallpaper.REG" there
    5. Copy the file to a floppy and transfer to the affected computer
    6. Right-Click the file > "Merge"

    Hope that helps.
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    Expert Comment

    I had the same problem years ago. I made a search for image files, found the image that was the undesired background and simply deleted it. That solved the problem for me.

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