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    Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    I am not sure if this is the correct place for this, but...where does Windows keep it Wallpaper files. I had a really nice one that I liked and this morning when I booted up it has disappeared and I would like to get it back, but I don't know where to find it. Any insight that anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    Right click on the desktop.
    click Properties
    click Desktop
    Scroll bar under backgrounds
    Select WP.
    OK out
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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    viking33, I know about that approach, but I would really like to know where on my hard drive they are kept. I had a special custom one, but when I booted up today, it was gone and would like to see if I can find it. Thanks.

    Ron M

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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    There is no fixed location - it depends on how you set the wallpaper. You can find the path and filename of the current and previous wallpaper files in the Windows registry, in the key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop

    The relevant values are Wallpaper and PrevWallpaper.

    Note: the file used as wallpaper is always an uncompressed .bmp file, not the original .jpg file or whatever you used.

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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    Take a look in Windows Explorer.

    C:WindowsResourcesThemes.

    You may see it in there.
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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    Viking, I followed the path you provided.. I clicked on Desktop Items > General tab > Desktop Cleanup and unchecked Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days. I don't know how this got checked, but it answers a question that I had asked myself for a long time.
    That question was: Where do some of my desktop shortcuts disappear to? I just kept putting them back, have I discovered the answer here?
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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    If "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days" is enabled, desktop shortcuts that haven't been used for 60 days will be removed automatically. It's a good idea to turn it off, I prefer managing the shortcuts myself.

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    Re: Wallpaper (Windows XP SP2)

    That's what I thought. Now I know what happened to my desktop shortcuts every once in awhile. I was beginning to think a spook had invaded my computerand was removing them just to annoy me.

    Thanks for confirming that I'm not losing what's left of my mind and not under attack from some unknow entity.
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