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Dell Powervault - Can't change desktop background

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I have several Dell Machines running WS2003 at work and they all have that lovely picture of the rackmounted machine frontage with Dell logo as their desktop background.
Very pretty.
However, when remoting in from Home the background uses up valuable bandwidth on a very slow link so I want to be rid of it.

My issue is this, I cannot change the background on these machines - the controls (except the color) on the display properties desktop tab are greyed out (there's also no themes tab)
I can't find anything on the Dell website.
I've tried this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21017305.html
to no avail.

I managed to locate the bitmap in question (in <WINDIR>) , renamed it and changed the colour of the desktop (at which point windows could no longer find the picture) and then changed the colour back again. A dirty hack that works nicely, but it still doesn't help me understand why this functionality is unavailable.

Does anyone know if this is a standerd WS2003 thing or a Dell thing and how the hell to ungrey the controls???

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Dell have done this as part of their "Branding" exercise. It is a Dell thing, no one else does it.

A registry hack will get rid of the option for you.

My Computer\HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper

Delete the key which should be something like \windows\system32\DELLWALL.BMP

Or don't use Dell media to build the machine. I always build my servers from scratching using native Microsoft media.

Simon.
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Thanks for that Sembee.
I don't have that key, but a quick search for C:\Windows\desktop.bmp unearthed similar keys.
Unfortunately, having deleted all instances of these and a quick restart of explorer still didn't give me back the controls on the desktop tab.
(I did find a NoThemesTab key though which when given a value of 0 - and a restart of explorer - gave me a themes tab)
Close, but no cigar.
So do you think that as well as branding their machines, Dell craftily prevent us from unbranding them?
If that be the case 'twil serve to make me even more determined to root out the solution!!!
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Go though the local group policy settings. See if they have enforced it in there.

Simon.
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when u run the remote desktop, click on option, then click on the experience tab, you can disable the background,


here's a screenshot :

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Well. I've looked and hunted and searched, but I've not yet found a way to reinstate the controls of the display properties page...
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Thanks guys, I'll keep hunting this one out...
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You can ask to have this question reopened when you do - it may save the next poor soul all the trouble!
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I have removed the Dell desktop branding background from a Dell PowerVault NAS    by using gpedit.msc (from Start/Run) and modifying the policy as follows:  User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Desktop- Active Desktop.  In the right pane, change "Enable Active Desktop" to either "Not Configured" or "Disabled".  

Also note what is says in the description:
"If you disable this setting or do not configure it, Active Desktop is disabled by default, but users can enable it.

Note: If both the "Enable Active Desktop" setting and the "Disable Active Desktop" setting are enabled, the "Disable Active Desktop" setting is ignored. If the "Turn on Classic Shell" setting (in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer) is enabled, Active Desktop is disabled, and both these policies are ignored."
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