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Wallpaper changes made in the current user account is reflected in the other user profiles also?

Published: Nov 23, 2005
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Symptom

Whenever you change the Desktop Wallpaper, the change may applied to the other user account (s) as well. Similarly, when other users customize the Desktop Wallpaper, the change may reflect in your user account also.

Solution

This occurs if both the user accounts are setting the wallpaper using a common application (for example.. a third-party Web browser.)

For instance, this problem happens if both the user accounts use Mozilla Firefox to set a background image. The image file Firefox Wallpaper.bmp is stored in a common location, C:\Windows, rather than storing the image within the user account. The same file is overwritten when you set an image as background, using Firefox.

The workaround is to save the image file locally, and then right-click and choose Preview. Then set as desktop background using the context-menu option in the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

More Information

To verify if Desktop Wallpaper registry setting for both the user accounts are pointing to the same file, try this:

  • Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop
  • In the right-pane, inspect the Wallpaper Value data.
  • Close Regedit.exe
  • Switch to the other user account, and then inspect the same Wallpaper value there.