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WINDOWS XP: Unwanted image at start-up (old wallpaper image)

by Bonita_Morenita / August 17, 2008 1:44 AM PDT

I saw this same question posted in 2006 on this forum with no answer so I'm hoping I have better luck.

When I turn my laptop, after entering my password, I get a picture on my screen which appears then disappears just before the desktop screen loads up. This picture used to be my desktop picture many months ago. I have changed the desktop photo several times and this same old picture keeps showing up. I have even deleted it from my laptop. How do I get rid of it as I cant find the picture anywhere on my pc. I have tried System restore also.

I am using windows XP Home edition on a Sony Vaio, Intel Pentium 4 Processor. I don't know any of the other spec's of my laptop.

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Well known issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 17, 2008 1:52 AM PDT

Fix it. Change the wallpaper one more time.

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Didn't work
by Bonita_Morenita / August 17, 2008 2:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Well known issue.

I just now, changed the wallpaper again like I have several times over the last few months and the same old image is still showing up. It showed up before the blue welcome/log-in screen instead of after this time.

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Check to see if there is a logon wallpaper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 17, 2008 2:15 AM PDT

Since the usual change didn't cure it, we have to look into the above. You may also want to be clear that it's not the XP BOOT SCREEN since if that changes you may have been hit with MALWARE.

Tell a little more.
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by nuballawalla / September 1, 2008 7:41 AM PDT

I had the same problem on my desktop and I recently fixed it. I found a file called "Firefox Wallpaper.bmp" in C:\Windows. I simply deleted Firefox Wallpaper.bmp and now the problem is solved.

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try this
by tpriyan / September 1, 2008 7:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Fixed

try changing the wallpaper logging in as administrator login. I had this problem a long time...never thought of solving it though.

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RE: Changing as Admin.
by Bonita_Morenita / September 2, 2008 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: try this

Thanks, I will try this when I get home this evening and see if that works.

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Administrator log in?
by Bonita_Morenita / September 21, 2008 6:25 AM PDT
In reply to: try this

Hm, the only log in I have on my computer is my own, unless I'm missing something. When I log in, there is only one option.

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It is important to tell what OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2008 6:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Administrator log in?

XP has Home and Pro. The other account called administrator shows up only in Safe Mode.

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RE: Firefox wallpaper.bmp
by Bonita_Morenita / September 2, 2008 12:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Fixed

Hi, I tried looking for this file and didn't see it there. Thanks for the post though. I really wished this had worked.

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Need Help
by mamajenn / September 21, 2008 6:35 AM PDT

Please tell me how I can start a new message on this site. I have found reply but cannot find start a new discussion anywhere and I desperately need to find out how to retrieve OE saved messages with DBX extensions after a reformat. Please let me know ASAP. Thanks, Jen

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by Bonita_Morenita / September 21, 2008 6:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Need Help

I don't know, there should be a button somewhere that says start new post. That's what I did to start this one but I don't remember where it is. Do a search in help maybe

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Need Help
by reizaal / December 11, 2008 10:37 PM PST
In reply to: Need Help

hope your have not write anything on that formatted hardisk, you could put that disk into another pc, or boot from another hardisk, and get some data recovery programs (like Recover My Files, support.getdata . com) run and see what could be salvaged.

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My fix
by B4D4MS / January 13, 2011 2:03 AM PST
In reply to: Need Help

I had this same unwanted startup wallpaper issue.

I found the file location in the registry at [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\"ConvertedWallpaper"="C: file location

I left the registry key but erased its contents.

Rebooted and the unwanted startup wallpaper was gone.

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