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I am configuring a new dedicated web server hosted by 1&1 and have run into a permissions issue with BGInfo. The box came with this preset and I have never used it before. When I log in with the standard admin account everything works fine. However when I log in with the user account that I set up for myself I get an error every time I log into the server. The error message states that I do not have permissions to view C:\ Windows\BGInfo.bmp. The user account I set up for myself is part of the administrators group, same as the standard admin account. I have checked all the permissions for the directory and for the file specifically and everything is in order the way I would expect it.

I have read several articles that go thru configuration steps for BGInfo but I have been unable to find the .exe file. I have also tried to locate the config.bgi file, but have not had any luck finding that file either.
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you can download bginfo from sysinternals   Having it store the .bmp in windows is a definite NO NO

suggest looking in
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs>

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Download Sysinternals Autoruns to locate the existing item

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David - I will give that a try today, but since bginfo can pre-installed from 1&1, will the two installations conflict? I was trying to find the original files so I could remove them but I have not been able to locate them anywhere.

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Ok I finally found the bginfo files and have the exe opened now. The bitmap|location is set to %Temp%\BGInfo.bmp. Since you suggest not putting this in Windows I have changed the location to C:\BGInfo\BGInfo.bmp and the information is showing up on my desktop now. However I am still getting the error message related to the original location. Are there other settings that I should look for that would be causing my login to keep looking for this previous location?
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where is it being executed from?  \programdata or the users appdata folder?

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That is one of the things that I haven't been able to find. Any suggestion on how to figure that out?
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did you run autoruns on the machine.. it may also be called from task scheduler.

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i had never heard of autoruns but i have it installed and running now. it only shows one instance of bginfo running at logon. it is in the same location that i found the exe file earlier, c:\software\microsoft\sysinternals suite\bginfo.exe. i have looked through everything else in autoruns and i don't find another instance.

i have looked in task scheduler but there are no activities scheduled.

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david - i have no idea what happened but the error message finally just went away on it's own. i went thru all of your steps which got me closer to finding an answer so i am going to award you the points. maybe one day i will know what made this work.