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Active Desktop Recovery Problems

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March 21, 2012 3:44:03 PM

Hello Everyone,

I have recently been hired to manage some computers at a local school, and everything has been going pretty good. I came up with an idea to create an image and put it as the desktop/wallpaper for all of the computers, so they are all uniform. So I went onto photoshop, and whipped a little something up. Then I copied the .jpg image into the standard file that saves all of the default wallpapers: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper. In order to set it as the wallpaper, I just put it into the registry. The specific registry additions are here:


[HKEY_USERS\c\Control Panel\Desktop]
"Wallpaper"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Web\\Wallpaper\\CCHSBackground.bmp"
"WallpaperStyle"="2"
"OriginalWallpaper"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Web\\Wallpaper\\CCHSBackground.bmp"
"ConvertedWallpaper"=-
"TileWallpaper"="0"
"ConvertedWallpaper Last WriteTime"=-

[HKEY_USERS\c\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"Wallpaper"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Web\\Wallpaper\\CCHSBackground.bmp"
"WallpaperStyle"="2"

Then, in order to "lock" the wallpaper so no students could change it, I added this to the registry:

[HKEY_USERS\c\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
"NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_USERS\c\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"ForceActiveDesktopOn"=dword:00000001
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=dword:00000001

These modifications to the registry worked fine on most of the desktops, but on the laptops I'm getting that white screen with the desktop recovery information.

Does anyone have and idea as to what the problem is?

Thanks!
March 22, 2012 1:06:03 PM

Why are you setting an ActiveDesktop if it's a static picture? That likes to cause issues. Turn off ActiveDesktop, copy the background image into the Windows folder where the default backgrounds live, and set it using the background. I also don't suggest you use a .bmp for the image unless it's small. The background loads into memory and takes time from boot-up.
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March 29, 2012 4:54:43 PM

Yeah I started to play with it a little bit. This is an old command that I just copied into the post... its actually a jpg image. I just went into the registry and changed a DWORD value in one of the internet explorer files... Fixed it immedietly. But makes sense that I don't need an active desktop on.

Thanks for the help!
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