User Account Picture Problem

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June 23, 2007 at 10:58:58
Specs: Windows Vista Ultimate, P4 2.6 GHz,1032 Ram

For some reason, my user account picture changed to the default 'orange flower' and I can't change it back. The log-in picture is unaffected (still my custom picture), but the start menu and welcome centre picture is the orange flower.

I was using a custom picture fine, until it just changed for no reason. How do I get it back to normal?


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June 23, 2007 at 12:19:02

Why can't you change it?

Control Panel >> User Account >> Change Your Picture.

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June 23, 2007 at 12:27:12

I know how to change the picture, problem is, it won't let me use any picture but the orange flower, when I select any other picture (defaults and custom) but that, it just doesn't work. The preview thing on the right just goes white (it shows default pictures but still doesn't change).

It changes the log-in picture though, but not the picture shown in the start menu and welcome centre.


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June 23, 2007 at 12:37:35

I don't know why it is doing that on your end .... everything works like it should here.

What about doing it from safe mode?

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June 23, 2007 at 12:42:18

Never thought of doing it in safe mode, i'l try that now and give feedback of if it was successful or not.


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June 23, 2007 at 12:54:55

OK, no, that did not work, it did the same thing.


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June 23, 2007 at 15:01:33

If you recall when the initial change took place - try System Restore & revert the machine state back to before that event transpired.

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June 23, 2007 at 15:33:00

Curious how did you customized the pictures?

All Vista User Account pictures are stored in ...

%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures

...folder. Have you look there?


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July 10, 2007 at 11:07:14

Try gpedit.msc and check to make sure the key Administrative Templates > Control Panel > User Accounts > Apply the Default User Logon Picture .... is set to disable.

Restart your machine and you should be good to go!

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