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I have recently deployed window 7 onto 20 new laptops and joined them to the domain. A number of users cannot change their desktop background or the screen saver. They just get a black back ground. Icons on the desktop work fine. Windows has been activated using a MAK key.
Most users are able to change their desktop background without a problem so its got nothing to do with group policy. How can I resolve this issue?
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The users that are NOT able to change their settings... can they go to a computer that IS working correctly and change the background? Or vice versa?
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Yes they can make changes on machines that run Windows XP, but each time they logon to a machine that runs win 7 they cannot make any changes.
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Are you using a registry edit to set the default background or theme? I have found that setting the background  using scripts for windows XP have caused the users not to be able to change the background only it's color.  After removing the entries created by these scripts I was able to change the background again.
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Yes scprits are being used, but then how come others users are able to change their background? Will have a look.
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Hi robertmashavira

if your domain server is win 2003 then this issue will come up with windows 7 client. this issue not with win 2008 server and win 7 client
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Yes we are in a 2003 domain. The schema has not been updated as well. How can tis issues be resolved?
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Check to make sure that those particular users don't have a roaming profile on your domain.  If so, then the superficial settings may be following them.
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Is any policies applied in relation to this?

The "Desktop Wallpaper" Group Policy setting is not applied in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977944
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And related to that, is the following value in the registry?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

String Value of "WallPaper" set to a .jpg?
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The area of registry that cause the problem for me is when there is more than "explorer" key under:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
If the "walpaper" is set to anything or "wallpaper format" dword is set to like 4, then these will need to be deleted.
Commonly in xp these keys are set to strech a default walpaper. If this is set in windows 7 it will lock the desktop background. You can attemp to change it in personalise, but it will not change even if you click apply.
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A script was causing the problem, it is an XP script was causing the problem.
Thanks,
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