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    Posted: 12 February 2018 at 7:45pm
I am experiencing a problem/issue with bginfo locating the wallpaper image.  Per our AD/GPO admin, the company  workstations use a Desktop wallpaper that is located in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds.  However, bginfo is unable to navigate to that subfolder, even though it's accessible to All Users.

Steps to reproduce the problem:
1) Open BGInfo
2) Click Background button
3) Select Use these settings and Wallpaper position as stretch
4) Click the ... button for Wallpaper Bitmap.  When you navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\oobe, the only two items that are visible is the en-US folder and the background.bmp file.

If I use Windows Explorer, I am able to see the info folder, and cd into it (see attached image).  Finally, the ultimate in quirkiness.  If I manually copy the company wallpaper into the C:\Windows\System32\oobe folder, the file will not be displayed when browsing for it via bginfo.  The only two items that bginfo will display in the oobe folder are en-US and background.bmp.  It will not display any sub-folders, or custom image files that I put into the oobe folder.

I must be missing something.  what gives? Confused

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uploads/52834/Desktop.zip

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Looks like you are using the wrong location. You should be using Windows 7 (C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper) or Windows 10 (C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows).
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You are correct, Windows does have a designated location for wallpapers.  However, that shouldn't stop you from using storing a wallpaper image in a different location, such as your Pictures folder, or a folder on a data drive.

Be that as it may, I'm more curious why BGInfo does not allow you to select an image that exists below C:\Windows\System32\oobe.  If I use Firefox to attach an image to an email in gmail, I'm able to navigate to the info folder without issue.  So not all applications have this problem.  Is this a bug or a feature?  If it's a bug, I'm glad I was able to find it.  If it's a feature, I'm genuinely curious why it was setup that way.
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