MSFT has pulled all it's staff to work on you know what.
Did you try converting the image to a BITMAP or BMP of the size you want so you side step any decoding?
rnning win xp pro on a dell laptop. with desktop icon showing the wallpaper image is centered. when i right click on desktop and uncheck "show desktop icons" the desktop image (wallpaper) grows slightly, and moves towards the lowerleft hand side of screen.
any thoughts on how to remedy this? i am sure the image used to be centered with icons hidden.