Wallpaper behind login dialog


Rich Pasco

On my system I display a special wallpaper behind the login dialog.
I'm coaching a friend to reproduce my setup. He followed my
instructions, but still sees a plain blue background. What did we

First, he stored the wallpaper as C:\windows\property.bmp

Then he ran regedit and navigated to the folder

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

There he set these keys with the values shown:

TileWallpaper 1
Wallpaper C:\WINDOWS\property.bmp
WallpaperStyle 1

Finally he disabled the Welcome screen (the one that says "To begin,
click your user name") according to

Now when he starts Windows, like me, he sees the old login dialog
(Username and password). But behind his login dialog is a plain blue
screen, behind mine is the "property.bmp" wallpaper.

What could he have missed?

- Rich

Ramesh, MS-MVP


Have your friend double-check the steps. He might have altered the Wallpaper
string in this key (when logged on)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Rich Pasco

No, he's sure he put the settings under the key

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

Any other ideas?

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