How can I find the desktop background image?

Question

Have a computer with bad memory that corrupted the system files and have to put in a new install of XP. I like to do all the little things to make Windows look as much like the previous install as I can, and would like to get the same background image up. In Win95/98/ME just had to look in the system.ini / win.ini file (I forget which it actually was) and that told me what the background image was.

Can I find the same information out of WinXP?

Answer

This question was answered on November 30, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The wallpaper and background setting were in the registry, which your new installation "over the top" as opposed to a repair reinstallation has completely overwritten.

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Posted by Michael of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 30, 2004