Windows 7 wallpaper settings

Posted on 2012-03-15
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Last Modified: 2012-04-03
I had a registry setting HKusers\software\microsoft\windows\policies\system set to a wallpaper.  I deleted the setting so I could use a Windows theme.  Now I have no wallpaper and the theme doesn't show it's wallpaper.  Obviously I need to put something back in the registry entry, so what does it need to be to use Themes?
Question by:J.R. Sitman
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ID: 37724759
Do a system restore.


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by:J.R. Sitman
ID: 37724779
A system restore will put back the manual entry I had put in the registry.  I don't want that wallpaper anymore.  I need the default setting

Expert Comment

ID: 37724897
Make a .reg file and write
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"Wallpaper"="C:\Users\Public\Pictures\Sample Pictures\Koala.jpg"

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Change the path and picture to what you want. Hopefully it will remain there and let you change the wallpaper later on
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by:J.R. Sitman
ID: 37726443
You stated make a .reg file.  More details please.  My choices are Key, string value, binary value, DWORD 32, which one?

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by:J.R. Sitman
ID: 37726471
Can Win7 be restored to it's default settings.  Maybe like a repair?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 37728181
It is a string

You may have to change your group policy (local policy setting)
run gpedit.msc

Variable to change

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by:J.R. Sitman
ID: 37742308
so far none of the posts have helped.  Does anyone know the registry key for Themes?

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David_Hagerman earned 1000 total points
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by:J.R. Sitman
ID: 37742404
thanks.  My key is set properly, but the theme doesn't work.  Any ideas?


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