by Cursorcowboy - 1/17/11 7:05 AM
In Reply to: still looking by Hunter2820
1. The article "Q329677" explain an anomaly that after a user has viewed the Windows Welcome, the OEM-customized desktop wallpaper background may appear only as a plain desktop with icons displayed and occurs:
a. This issue occurs on Windows XP Home Edition only if the customized wallpaper background is a JPEG (.jpg) file. Bitmap wallpaper files (.bmp) do not cause this problem.
b. This issue does not occur on Windows XP Professional Edition because the converted bitmap is stored in the Administrator profile directory. This directory is not deleted by Windows Welcome.
2. What happens is:
a. When the desktop wallpaper is customized, and if a JPEG file is used, the operating system converts the file to a bitmap file (.bmp), and then stores the bitmap file in the current user's profile directory. The wallpaper file is always named Wallpaper1.bmp.
b. In the Audit mode of Windows XP Home Edition, the file is stored in the following location:
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft
c. During Windows Welcome (OOBE), the contents of the original Owner profile directory are propagated to a newly created Owner profile directory, and the original Owner account and profile directory are deleted. This is by design. However, because the registry is still pointing to the original Owner profile directory that no longer exists, the wallpaper is not displayed.
NOTE. From this tidbit of information, contained in the above M$ article, you may find your photograph named Wallpaper1.bmp. Good luck.
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