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After the user has viewed the Windows Welcome (also known as the "Out of Box Experience" or OOBE), the user may not see the OEM-customized desktop wallpaper background. The user may see only a plain desktop with icons displayed.
Note This problem occurs on Windows XP as follows:
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.
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\MicrosoftDuring 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.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods to modify the registry:
Method 1: Use Registry EditorAfter you apply the wallpaper that you want in Audit mode, and before you run Sysprep.exe in reseal mode, modify the following registry values:
Method 2: Use a Registry FileAlternatively, you can update the registry by using the following registry file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Note Save the registry file as Fixwall.reg. By using the %USERPROFILE% environment variable in the registry entries, you make it possible for the OS to locate the file by evaluating the variable and then providing the correct profile directory path of the wallpaper bitmap file.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] "Wallpaper"="%USERPROFILE%\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Wallpaper1.bmp" "OriginalWallpaper"="%USERPROFILE%\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Wallpaper1.bmp"
The registry file can be imported without user intervention from a batch file by using the following syntax (assuming that the registry file in this section was saved as Fixwall.reg):
regedit /s fixwall.reg
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Steps to Reproduce the Behavior
Article ID: 329677 - Last Review: May 19, 2005 - Revision: 3.2