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Getting rid of login backgrounds with Remote Desktop connections [Oct. 21st, 2004|04:55 pm]
Most of the windows machines we've bought recently have been from Dell, and have come pre-installed with Windows 2003. Dell do quite an annoying thing - they set a background that's displayed on the login screen.

This screen gets displayed on normal logins, and on remote desktop logins. Downloading the dell server logo (in high resolution, high colour depth) is a bit to a lot of a pain, depending on your bandwidth at the time.... Disabling the normal desktop background doesn't work, the dell one still pops up at login time.

Today, I find the solution: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\Wallpaper . If you set this to an empty value (instead of the path to the silly dell image), then you won't get it any more. Instead, you just get the plain grey background, that takes no time at all to download.

If you fancy setting the background colour of the login screen, you can do that from
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors\Background, by setting RGB values. If you stuff that up, the default windows grey seems to be "102 111 116"

From: (Anonymous)
2004-11-23 05:07 am (UTC)

Thank You!

I searched google, alta vista, yahoo, and finally beta.search.msn to find the answer. That damn Dell Wallpaper was killing me when I logged in with dial up, like at my Mom's house. I'm so happy I found your blog and your solution works great. Thanks!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-14 07:01 pm (UTC)

You rock!

Thanks so much for posting this. It's been driving me crazy since i got my new Dell servers. Now i login lightning fast :)
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From: gagravarr
2006-09-17 08:16 pm (UTC)

Re: You rock!

Glad it's of use :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-03-08 01:54 pm (UTC)

Great Stuff....spent ages searching for this solution!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-11 06:48 pm (UTC)

Yah this was annoying

Thanks for the tip. Glad I found your post quickly. Works great!
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