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    Question Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Hi Guyz...

    I tried to change my desktop wallpaper by replacing the registry key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper

    but.. no matter which wall paper has been set, the key value remains same i.e. "C:\Documents and Settings\Sridatta Chegu\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp"

    also.. i couldnot find any .bmp files in the above folder path.

    I also tried to change the key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ConvertedWallpaper
    which contain the exact file path of the current wall paper.. but it didnot work

    Plss help me out.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Did u set the value of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper to a BMP file address?
    Coz u can set oinly BMP files as wallpaper, otheriwse windows automatically convert those images into BMP file and its saved at C:\Documents and Settings\Sridatta Chegu\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp.
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    ye.. i tried all the possiblitites.. even then.. the wall paper is not changing...

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    ConvertedWallpaper contains the path to the JPG or other format files, which r converted to BMP when U apply them as wallpaper!
    U can change the wallpaper directly by changing the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper key! It works for me!
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    When i changed the key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper
    my desktop backgnd didnot change even if i set a bmp image

    when i right click my desktop and browse properties, then i observe the new wall paper there in desktop tab. but my desktop background is still the same old one..

    did i miss any other steps ???

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Tell me one thing!
    Are u able to change the desktop wallpaper using other methods, like right-clicking on the image and select "set as wallpaper" or from Desktop properties?
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    ya, i m able to change through other methods.
    I m writing a code in batch file in which i need to change the wallpaper through command line. I was able to change the registry keys but the wall paper is not changing.. so i m trying 4 that..

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    OK! Now I got it...
    Try to change the value of OriginalWallpaper to the BMP path...
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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    Ya.. i changed the value of OriginalWallpaper and the Wallpaper.. but the wall paper didnot change instantaneously...
    But...When i tried to hide my icons and show them again.. then the wallpaper has changed... The wallpaper has changed even after restarting the system.. But it is not changing instantaneoulsy...

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    Default Re: Can we change the desktop wallpaper in windows XP using Registry

    It means now the wallpaper is changing!
    To change them instantaneously, give following command:

    RUNDLL32.EXE USER32.DLL,UpdatePerUserSystemParameters ,1 ,True
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