The "Load a specific theme" Group Policy setting is not applied correctly for a new user in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Applies to: Windows 7 Service Pack 1Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You enable the Load a specific theme Group Policy setting and point to the path of a valid theme file.
  • The theme has a configuration that changes the wallpaper in an interval.
  • You enable the Prevent changing desktop background Group Policy setting.
  • You apply the Group Policy settings to a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • You log on the computer by using a new user account.
In this scenario, the Load a specific theme Group Policysetting is not applied correctly on the computer. The theme and the first desktop background are applied. However, the desktop background does not change.

Note You can find all the Group Policy settings that are mentioned in this section in the following location:
User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization

Resolution


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem that is described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or a Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

You do not have to make any changes to the registry to use the hotfix in this package.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.1.760
    0.20xxx
    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMLDR
    6.1.760
    1.21xxx
    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901227,84014-Feb-201105:34x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661228,86416-Feb-201106:14x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901227,84014-Feb-201105:34x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661228,86416-Feb-201106:14x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901256,51214-Feb-201106:18x64
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661257,53616-Feb-201107:38x64
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901256,51214-Feb-201106:18x64
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661257,53616-Feb-201107:38x64
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901227,84014-Feb-201105:34x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661228,86416-Feb-201106:14x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901227,84014-Feb-201105:34x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661228,86416-Feb-201106:14x86
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901450,04814-Feb-201105:21IA-64
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661452,09616-Feb-201106:40IA-64
Stobject.dll6.1.7600.20901227,84014-Feb-201105:34x86
Stobject.dll6.1.7601.21661228,86416-Feb-201106:14x86

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

980628 The "Load a specific theme" Group Policy setting is not applied correctly on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684

Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

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