I use remote desktop (terminal services) quite a bit. I also regularly use other remote access methods such as PCAnywhere or VNC. As such, I’m almost always greeted by the default wallpaper when logging onto a PC. Much of this is courtesy of Dell, but others do it too. Yet I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it.
Today I decided that I would figure out how to rid myself of this nuisance, and the delays it brings as it is drawing itself over a remote session. On most connections, it’s only a few seconds. But it slows me down every time I do it, and the logon screen draws much faster without it.
To make this change, you’ll have to muck about in the registry, but if you’re worried about this kind of thing, that’s probably not new to you. Whether it is or not, please keep in mind that the registry can be dangerous. If you aren’t comfortable doing it, there’s probably a good reason why you aren’t comfortable. You might want to find something else to do.
Still here? Good. Locate this key in the registry:
Yes, that is .HKEY_USERS – probably not the most common key referenced when changing the registry.
Within this key, you’ll find a parameter called, simply enough, “wallpaper”. If you’re still reading, this value is likely set to the path of a wallpaper file that you no longer want do display. Change it to (None) to get rid of it entirely, or change it to a smaller, or preferable, image if you just want a different one. If it already says (None), you can certainly change it to a path as well, to start displaying an image.