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Enable Wallpaper when Vista is locked

Posted on 2007-03-21
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I have 3 monitors - when I was on XP Pro, I locked the PC, my wallpaper would stay on the screens stretching across all 3.

When I lock Vista, the 2 extra monitors go black, and the main monitor shows a Vista splash screen instead of my wal paper. Is there a way to make my Vista desktop behave like XP does when locked so it will display my wallpaper on a locked background?
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According to Windows Vista Ultimate Help:
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What is the Welcome screen?

The Welcome Screen is the screen that you use to log on to Windows. It displays all of the accounts on the computer. You can click your user name instead of having to type it, and you can easily switch to another account with Fast User Switching.

In Windows XP, the Welcome screen could be turned on or off. In this version of Windows, the Welcome Screen can't be turned off. Fast User Switching is turned on by default.

Note
Fast User Switching is not included in Windows Vista Starter.
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by:dsheltzel
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If your XP machine is a member of a domain - Push Windows-Key and L to lock it. See how it shows your walpaper with a screen that says "locked - press ctrl-alt-delete to unlock"

Now press the windows key and L on Vista - it locks the PC, but hides the wallpaper with the ugly Vista fast switching user window. I dont want to use fast user switching on mine. Is there a way to make vista look like XP when it is locked, by showing my wallpaper?
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I know what you're referring to - unfortunately it doesn't look like it's possible
I have Vista Ultimate - perhaps Vista Enterprise allows it but I doubt you'll find a positive answer here unless someone else knows of a patch or something.

To turn off Fast User Switching in Vista
Start>Run and type      gpedit.msc
On the left window - navigate to:  Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, Logon - and double click "Hide Entry Points for Fast User Switching" and choose Enabled. Click OK and exit the program.
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thanks
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