February 19 2010

Windows 7 background image doesn’t apply



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In an Active Directory domain network environment, you apply a “Desktop Wallpaper” Group Policy setting to the domain users. However, the setting is not applied to domain users who log on to client computers that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 – taken straight from the Microsoft support site.

I was having this problem in our domain environment and couldn’t understand why the background for non-admin users wouldn’t work. Microsoft have only recently release a hotfix for it -available from http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977944 . I still find it amazing that this wasn’t found and fixed before the RTM build of Windows 7 – it’s so obvious. I guess there were millions of beta testers but probably not that many that were running it in enterprise domain environment.



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January 8 2010

Change Windows 7 logon screen background image

To change the background image shown when Windows 7 starts up and you are prompted to select a user account, do the following:

Browse to ‘%windir%System32oobeInfoBackgrounds’ – if the Info or Backgrounds folders do not exist, simply create them.  In this folder place the image that you would like to be the background – the file must be named ‘backgroundDefault.jpg’, be in the JPG image format and be less than 256 KB in size.

Next, open up the registry and head to ‘HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationLogonUIBackground’.  Create a DWORD value named ‘OEMBackground’ and set the data value to 1.

Registry entry

The machine does not need to be restarted – simply log off and you should now see the new image displayed as the background.

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