Windows 2003 SBS Server Logon Screen has Black Background Color.

Posted on 2007-08-11
Last Modified: 2010-12-30
I have a server running windows 2003 Server SBS Standard. Something has happened to the logon screen field background colors. This screen is the beginning screen where you press Ctl/Alt/Del and then proceed to enter in your password. You also can change the User ID and Domain on this screen.

When I boot the server or return to it after the screen saver has forced it back to the logon screen, all input fields are black in color. Additionally the text color in the logon box title area is black, I think it may have originally been white.

I press Ctl/Alt/Del and type in the password, even though I can't see what letters are being dislayed and can log onto the server. Once I am logged in all input and mesage boxes appear normal.

I have reviewed the Appearance - Advanced Settings in Display properties and find nothing wrong. Like I said this is only the logon screen, after I logon everything appears normal.
Question by:bm_alvarez
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    Don't think its a system error so you might not be finding any error mrssages in the log. I would say plug in another monitor as it sounds to be a problem with a specific monitor.
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    It may be a color scheme in the default profile. Look in the registry - (HK_Users\.Default\Control Panel\Current\Color Schemes -  Default is "Windows Standard". Also look at - (HK_Users\.Default\Control Panel\Colors - and compare with HK_Current_User key in the same paths. I don't know if that is it or not, but I do know the  .Default user profile is used to display a login screen - I had to remove a vendors wallpaper which appeared to every user when they tried to RDP into the server.
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    by:Rob Williams
    Are you logging on at the console or through remote desktop (terminal services)?
    If a remote session, try on the remote desktop connection client under options | Experience | turning off bitmap caching.

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    I am logging onto the main server monitor. There is only one server so only the one monitor.Once I am logged into the server all other password challenging screens look normal so i do not beleive it is the monitor.

    This only happens when logging onto the server through the local console. I access it remotely through Terminal Services after establishing a VPN connection. Terminal Services (which runs on the remote PC) looks normal and I do not get that same screen since Terminal Services is doing the logging in for me. Other screens flash by but I cannot see enough to tell you if one is the same screen.

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    I checked the registry.
    The KJ_Users\default and current users \Control Panel\Current values are the same:
    (Default)            REG_SZ     (value not set)
    Color Scheme    REG_SZ     Windows Standard

    THere are differences in some of the values between the current user and default "Colors" settings.
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    Are you referring to the registry key in this article?
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    by:Rob Williams
    Thanks bm_alvarez.
    Cheers !

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    I've got the same problem  but, since I can't log on   tried guessing/blind  how should I proceed??


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