How To Remove Dell Wallpaper From A Windows 2003 R2 Server

While working on a client site recently with a brand new Dell Poweredge 2950 Server with Windows Server 2003 R2 pre-installed by Dell we came had a problem with one of the settings that comes with the pre-installation and interferes with the ease of connecting via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol).

This setting causes the a picture of the Dell server to be displayed prior to the login prompt; the problem is that the file size is almost 2Mb and very graphic intensive, so it slows down the speed that the log in prompt loads, following the steps below will help remove this setting.

Before starting this work please ensure you understand the warning below fully:

Disclaimer: You use Registry Editor (regedit.exe) entirely at your own risk. Incorrect or accidental usage of regedit can cause serious problems that may be irreparable without reinstalling your operating system. We offer this information freely however all risk is with you and we offer no liability for any damage you cause; accidental or otherwise.

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  1. Open a RDP or console session on the server (waiting for the image to load!)
  2. Log into the server
  3. Open Regedit on the RDP session (Start > Run > Regedit.exe).
  4. Select the HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop section from the left hand menu. In the right hand pane for the entry with the name of Wallpaper. Our server was set to: C:/WINDOWS/system32/DELLWALL.BMP
  5. Double-click on the Wallpaper value.
  6. Delete the contents and click OK.
  7. Close Regedit.

Another option would be to change it to point at an image of your choice however it will slow the loading speed down so we don’t advise it. As always with registry edits great care should be taken not to alter any keys you are not 100% sure of what they do – doing so can cause serious and irreparable damage to your operating system.

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