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Anonymous
September 19, 2005 8:01:34 PM

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This happened to me twice now and I searched the internet for solutions
but couldn't find any.
In both case I got a WinXP laptop by someone else who asked me to fix
something, and in the very end I played around with desktop background
picture, ie. today I changed the screensaver which made WindowsXP
realize that it doesn't know where the wallpaper file were. This killed
the background picture. I didn't know how to get it back, and all the
gratitude was gone.

Without the talking:
I took a picture from a removable media and made it my WinXP wallpaper.
I then removed the file. Everythings fine. Someday I play around with
something (like the screensaver) and windows forgets what the
background picture was. The file name is listed in the list of
background pictures, but choosing this from the list will just give a
unicolour background. The picture is however not all the way lost. Even
after reboots the picture will be displayed for 0.5 sec while switching
users away from the one, who had the picture as wallpaper.
I searched the harddisk for all *.jpg, *.png, *.bmp, "all picture
files" and tried to open some files called logon... in
c:\windows\(system?) with MS Paint. It didn't help.

Any idea how I might get the picture back?
Thanks u very much.
Jack

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September 20, 2005 6:17:07 AM

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Jack,

You have a couple of issues going on here. This is generally common with
..jpg extensions. Without knowing more, start with:

1. Line 142 (right hand side):
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

2. The pictures that show up under Display Properties, Desktop are located
in these folders:

C:\Documents and Settings\user name\My Documents\My Pictures
C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper
C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

Another checkpoint:

Also, go to: Start/Run then type in:
"%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer"

3. Start/Run/Regedit: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop.
In the right pane change to path to Wallpaper and/or Converted Wallpaper.

--

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com

In memory of those lost during Katrina &
Prayers and Hope for the remaining displaced.



<Jack.Hambabo@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1127170894.136090.163700@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> This happened to me twice now and I searched the internet for solutions
> but couldn't find any.
> In both case I got a WinXP laptop by someone else who asked me to fix
> something, and in the very end I played around with desktop background
> picture, ie. today I changed the screensaver which made WindowsXP
> realize that it doesn't know where the wallpaper file were. This killed
> the background picture. I didn't know how to get it back, and all the
> gratitude was gone.
>
> Without the talking:
> I took a picture from a removable media and made it my WinXP wallpaper.
> I then removed the file. Everythings fine. Someday I play around with
> something (like the screensaver) and windows forgets what the
> background picture was. The file name is listed in the list of
> background pictures, but choosing this from the list will just give a
> unicolour background. The picture is however not all the way lost. Even
> after reboots the picture will be displayed for 0.5 sec while switching
> users away from the one, who had the picture as wallpaper.
> I searched the harddisk for all *.jpg, *.png, *.bmp, "all picture
> files" and tried to open some files called logon... in
> c:\windows\(system?) with MS Paint. It didn't help.
>
> Any idea how I might get the picture back?
> Thanks u very much.
> Jack
>
June 16, 2009 4:55:38 AM

I lost my D: drive (a 130GB slave drive on which ALL of my data was stored) to a blown transformer during a severe storm one night recently. Strangely enough, I would see my old wallpaper (the file of which was on the lost drive and inaccessable) until I logged in at which time my system would go to the plain unpapered desktop.

Also, when I would tap out my screen saver, I would get the login screen... on top of my old wallpaper again... as soon as I logged of the screenaver my system would go to the plain unpapered desktop again.

I found the cached copy of the original wallpaper at: "C:\Documents and Settings\-User Name-\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp"

WOOHOO!!!!!!! Happy days!

-Jason Blackwell
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Anonymous
June 29, 2009 12:08:32 AM

jayblack69 said:
I lost my D: drive (a 130GB slave drive on which ALL of my data was stored) to a blown transformer during a severe storm one night recently. Strangely enough, I would see my old wallpaper (the file of which was on the lost drive and inaccessable) until I logged in at which time my system would go to the plain unpapered desktop.

Also, when I would tap out my screen saver, I would get the login screen... on top of my old wallpaper again... as soon as I logged of the screenaver my system would go to the plain unpapered desktop again.

I found the cached copy of the original wallpaper at: "C:\Documents and Settings\-User Name-\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp"

WOOHOO!!!!!!! Happy days!

-Jason Blackwell



YOU DA MAN !!! ...... BRILLIANT, I'VE BEEN DOING SYSTEM RESTORE EVERYTIME I LOST MY PICTURE, NOW MADE ANOTHER COPY IN MY PICS JUST IN CASE. EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO GIVE A DAFT ANSWER LIKE "GOTO DISPLAY PROPERTIES IT TELLS YOU WHERE IT IS!" YOU GOT THE QUESTION AND ANSWERED IT SPOT ON.... WELL DONE
STE
June 29, 2009 12:52:48 AM

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