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Specify the Background Image and Wallpaper Style (Windows 2000/Me/XP) Popular

These settings allow you to specify the background wallpaper and display style. When this setting is defined users can not choose an alternative background image.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

To specify the wallpaper create a new string value called "Wallpaper" and set it to the full path and filename of the image.

Additionally, to specify the display style, create a new string value called "WallpaperStyle" and set it to either "0", "1" or "2" according to the list below.

  • 0 - Centered (Default)
  • 1 - Tiled
  • 2 - Stretched

You may need to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|WallpaperREG_SZC:\Windows\Logo.bmp|
|WallpaperStyleREG_SZ2|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
System]
Value Name: Wallpaper, WallpaperStyle
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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Last modified: September 21, 2002