Customize Wallpaper through Registry in Windows® 7
How to customize Windows 7 wallpaper using Windows 7 registry? Discuss the common issues that occur while changing registry settings.
Windows 7 Operating System offers a wide range of features to the users with advanced customization techniques. Windows 7 wallpaper is one among the applications that adds beauty and stylish look to the new Operating System. Windows 7 wallpapers can be changed and customized by the user from the 'Properties' option at the desktop or from the Control Panel 'Personalization' folder. The wallpaper can also be customized by the user from the 'System registry' option. The system registry holds various data on the system actions and applications in the database. By altering the values in registry, an user can customize the wallpaper in Windows 7. Access the registry editor in Windows 7 by typing "regedit" in the 'Run' command option. The key value that the user needs to change is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationLogonUIBackground. Find the value in the registry and change the value to 1 at the OEM background. Now, copy the desired wallpaper in the system folder for the background (Oobe folder in Windows, system32 folder) by creating a new folder. The shadow option can be set to any of the values like 0, 1 or 2 (for light, dark and no shadow options respectively) by creating a new DWORD value called buttonset at the registry folder called LogonUI mentioned above.
Following are the issues that come up while changing registry settings:
- Issues with change of values
- Problem while finding destination folders
- Points to keep in mind
Issues with change of values
The common problems that occur while changing the registry settings for customizing Windows 7 wallpapers are those related with the values. The users must provide the exact values for the keys in the registry while changing the contents. The values can be most probably 0 or 1 for enabling and disabling the options. The change of values and also at different location causes issues with the working of the particular feature.
Problem while finding destination folders
The keys that hold the information of the system features are different for the applications. Also, the sub keys are different for various functionalities within the same application. For example, the background folder does not possess the values for the shadow option. So, the user must be aware about the folders, keys and sub keys that possess the particular functionalities.
The registry has great importance for the system since the location stores the information regarding the working of the system. So, while changing values on the registry, user must be aware of the various utilities inside the registry. The values that need to change on the registry key locations must be correct. The administrator login is necessary to change the registry contents. Restart the computer after making the changes. Also, remember about the creation of new folder in the system folder to copy the wallpapers that are needed for the user.
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