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When opening a remote desktop session, the first screen, i.e. the login screen, where you type your name and password, has a wallpaper set by the OEM (HP in my case). The problem is that it takes a long time to bring this wallpaper to the remote client. It is frustrating having to wait so long just to be able to login, since the fields for the login are not displayed until the whole wallpaper has been transfered,
How can I disable or set this to a plain colour? Please, notice that I am talking about the login screen, not the wallpaper set by the user once the session has been opened.
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You can set the login wallpaper by editing the registry:
I just made a bmp in paint (red) to make sure it worked. Saved it to the root C:/
and edited the following registry key.

1. open the run dialog and type regedit
2. Navigate to the following folder:
System Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

Value Name: Wallpaper
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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I Know it sounds funny that it would be under the desktop portion but it works I had an HP and that was where I had to go to change the login wallpaper. It was a generic HP BMP that it was pointing to. I changed the value to my plain red bmp and now you have a custom login. We use our company logo. Hope it helps
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It certainly helps, but how do I just get a blank backgroud, just black or plain or whatever that does not need to be transmitted to the remote? I am just trying to save bandwith.

Thanks
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by:Logos077
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You can also set the value of the Wallpaper to (none)
with Parenthesis
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Sorry, but I tried this and in my case there is no wallpaper asigned, i.e.the value of Wallpaper is already  (none). Where is the HP wallpaper then? I have searchen in the registry all occurrences of wallpaper and they are mostly 0, some 1  and some blank, although some are asigned to
%SystemRoot%Web\SafaMode.htt, but no sign of the HP motive.


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I would make a generic bmp and set it to that. You can make it small and Windows will compensate. I made mine in paint and it did not have any problem loading it.
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It would seem that the default logon wallpaper is the Hp bitmap. I found mine at C:/Windows. I am not sure if you can set it to (None) and have it work. I would set it to some other bmp and see if that works.
 
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Interesting: I have tried what you said in a plain Windows XP and indeed, there was the HP wallpaper. I set it to (none) at it does work.  However, in the Windows 2003 Server this must work in some other way.
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It does work. I was going through an intermediate machine (also HP) that was puting the wallpaper.
Thanks a lot.
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That is interesting, I have an HP Server running Windows 2003 and it does not have an hp Wallpaper.  I will look into this.
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