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    Question Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Hi Guyz...

    I tried to change my desktop wallpaper by replacing the registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper

    but.. no matter which wall paper has been set, the key value remains same i.e. "C:\Documents and Settings\Sridatta Chegu\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp"

    also.. i couldnot find any .bmp files in the above folder path.

    I also tried to change the key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ConvertedWallpaper
    which contain the exact file path of the current wall paper.. but it didnot work

    Plss help me out.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Did u set the value of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper to a BMP file address?
    Coz u can set oinly BMP files as wallpaper, otheriwse windows automatically convert those images into BMP file and its saved at C:\Documents and Settings\Sridatta Chegu\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp.
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    ye.. i tried all the possiblitites.. even then.. the wall paper is not changing...

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    ConvertedWallpaper contains the path to the JPG or other format files, which r converted to BMP when U apply them as wallpaper!
    U can change the wallpaper directly by changing the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper key! It works for me!
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    When i changed the key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper
    my desktop backgnd didnot change even if i set a bmp image

    when i right click my desktop and browse properties, then i observe the new wall paper there in desktop tab. but my desktop background is still the same old one..

    did i miss any other steps ???

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Tell me one thing!
    Are u able to change the desktop wallpaper using other methods, like right-clicking on the image and select "set as wallpaper" or from Desktop properties?
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    ya, i m able to change through other methods.
    I m writing a code in batch file in which i need to change the wallpaper through command line. I was able to change the registry keys but the wall paper is not changing.. so i m trying 4 that..

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    OK! Now I got it...
    Try to change the value of OriginalWallpaper to the BMP path...
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Ya.. i changed the value of OriginalWallpaper and the Wallpaper.. but the wall paper didnot change instantaneously...
    But...When i tried to hide my icons and show them again.. then the wallpaper has changed... The wallpaper has changed even after restarting the system.. But it is not changing instantaneoulsy...

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    It means now the wallpaper is changing!
    To change them instantaneously, give following command:

    RUNDLL32.EXE USER32.DLL,UpdatePerUserSystemParameters ,1 ,True
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Vishal.. I have done it.. U r really superb.. very thank u 4 ur help..
    bye

    Vishal.. I have one more query to ask...
    If i dont want to allow the user to change the wallpaper.. is there ny way to do that..??
    Last edited by sridatta; 09-08-2006 at 12:03 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Try this!
    In regedit, goto:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer

    In right-side pane, create DWORD value NoChangingWallpaper and set it to 1
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    The attachment shows the right side part of the key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\Explorer
    I have added the key as you said but i m unable to change the wallpaper.. do i need to do anything else..?
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    Last edited by sridatta; 09-08-2006 at 01:07 AM.

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Thats what the key does!
    It restricts the user to change the wallpaper!
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    sorry vishal.. i am able to change to change the wallpaper even after adding the key...
    it was a typographical error.. really very sorry..

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    OK!
    Try this: In

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\System

    Create a String value Wallpaper and change its value to the location of any BMP file, u want. After that only the wallpaper u set in the value is displayed!
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Vishal.. once more.. i have succeded... and hence u too
    thank u once again....

    one small note.. no matter what value u type in the key.. the desktop tab is disabled in display properties and the current wallpaper cannot be changed.

    the prlbm is solved. moderators please close the thread
    Last edited by sridatta; 09-08-2006 at 09:32 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    U r welcome!

    U can also disable the Desktop tab, by going to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\System

    And in right-side pane, create a DWORD value NoDispBackgroundPage and set its value to 1.

    And if u want to disable the Whole Properties dialog box, so that the user can't access it by right-clicking on desktop & select Properties. Goto:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Policies\System

    And create DWORD value NoDispCPL and set its value to 1
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