Placing wallpaper behing the CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen

Posted on 2006-04-24
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I want to be able to place a wallpaper behind the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen on my XP client computers.

I tried to do this using TweakUI, but I have found that everytime I set the wallpaper that I want and then log on as someone with a different wallpaper, then when I log-off, it then saves that to the Log-On Screen - thus changing the wallpaper.

Is there a reg edit that I am preform to make this wallpaper change permanantly?

Many Thanks
Question by:leachus2002
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    Expert Comment

    you should be able to do this by just using any wallpaper normally.  
    then once you have the one you want, you can lock the ability to change wallpaper in the group policy for any user.  i'm assuming you want the same wallpaper for all users?  
    for a better description read what's possible in group policy.  click start, run, type gpedit.msc then hit ok.  not expand user configuration, and expand administrative templates.  now expand active desktop, then on the right click on active desktop wallpaper and read the description of what it does.  sounds like what you want.  

    Author Comment

    Yea, but I don't want any wallpaper for the users, just for the log-on screen.

    The users have just got a coloured background as the active directory setting in GP makes the icons non-transparent
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    Accepted Solution

    okay, i just tried all of this, so it should work if i am understanding you correctly.  

    go into your registry and back it up first.  then go here HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

    from there on the right side of the screen you will see "wallpaper" double click it and then type in the exact path to a bitmap image that you want to use for the login screen wallpaper (example - c:\dell\12.bmp).  NOTE:  it has to be a bitmap image and this image will not appear as the desktop wallpaper since you said you didn't want that, it will only appear at the initial login.  after you have this done you can use group policy to lock down the desktop wallpaper to nothing or another image of your choice.  

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the help kkatfish, I have just tried it and it seams to work fine.


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