Windows 200 desktop image bug

Posted on 2007-07-29
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Each time I reboot my (old) Windows 2000 machine, the wallpaper image is not shown. If I go to desktop properties, a correct preview is shown and the wallpaper image is selected, but is not shown on the desktop.

When I choose a desktop image, it is shown but at next reboot it's blank again...
Question by:mychel_normandeau
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Sounds like you may have a local policy issue.  Here is an articical explain how and what to check for

"Windows 2000 Wallpaper policy"

If you need help with it let me know.

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zoofan earned 1500 total points
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Noteing the following from that address.

"The above entries can be superceded by a policy and/or by Active Desktop.
The Wallpaper, TileWallpaper, and WallpaperStyle entries for Active Desktop are located at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General.

If the Active Desktop Wallpaper Group Policy is enabled (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop\Active Desktop), the entries at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System become effective.

The Wallpaper string contains the path and filename of the image, which can be a bitmap (*.bmp), JPEG (*.jpg), or HTML (*.htm, *.html) file. When this entry is set, the user is prevented from changing the image or its' presentation. If the policy is Not configured, you can configure it via the registry. The path and filename can be local or a UNC to a server share.

The WallpaperStyle entry can have the following values:

0 Centered.
1 Tiled.
2 Stretched.
(Not in registry) The policy is not configured.
                  Wallpaper is centered, but users can change the presentation.

You can enable Active Desktop using a policy (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop\Active Desktop), or navigate to:


and Add Value name ForceActiveDesktopOn, a REG_DWORD data type, set to 1.

With the policy enabled, or ForceActiveDesktopOn set to 1, users are prevented from changing:

The Show Web Content item on the context menu that appears when you right-click the desktop;
The Show Web content on my Active Desktop item on the Web tab in Display in Control Panel;
The Use Windows classic desktop item on the General tab of the Folder Options dialog box.

The Allow only bitmapped wallpaper policy (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop\Active Desktop), or the corresponding NoHTMLWallPaper value name, a REG_DWORD data type, set to 1, at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop, will permit only bitmap wallpaper, .bmp files. This prevents the prompt that users receive when they select a wallpaper with an alternate image format."



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