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Change the Active Desktop Safe Mode Background (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP)

This setting is used to change the image or web page that is shown when the active desktop is disabled due to a system error.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called "Wallpaper" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|WallpaperREG_SZ"c:\windows\Web\SafeMode.htt"|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Deskt...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\
General]
Value Name: Wallpaper
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Wallpaper Filename

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: October 21, 2001