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Q: Desktop screen saver ( No Answer,   6 Comments )
Subject: Desktop screen saver
Category: Computers
Asked by: jessesquared-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 01 Oct 2006 09:16 PDT
Expires: 31 Oct 2006 08:16 PST
Question ID: 769914
I have a photo as my desktop, lets call that photo A.  I was editing
photo A in picture manager and changed Photo A and saved it without
renaming it.  Now I am unable to locate photo A any where on my
computer except as my desktop.  When I browse to the image within
Display in control panel its the image I edited and saved by mistake,
lets call that photo B.  I have not shut down the computer yet to see
if my desktop will change to photo B.

Please help me find photo A!!!
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Desktop screen saver
From: aussietpp-ga on 01 Oct 2006 11:00 PDT
You could try doing a system restore at a restore point prior to editing the photo.

Subject: Re: Desktop screen saver
From: biswajitind-ga on 01 Oct 2006 12:02 PDT
On my Windows XP, I could locate A as the following file.

C:\Documents and Settings\<profile>\Local Settings\Application

C:\Documents and Settings\biswajit\Local Settings\Application

Give a try.
Subject: Re: Desktop screen saver
From: fhercito-ga on 01 Oct 2006 22:54 PDT
it's open the picture manager with photo?

Undo the changes.
Subject: Re: Desktop screen saver
From: amadeus3000-ga on 02 Oct 2006 09:19 PDT
You could put everything on the desktop into a folder and take it off
the desktop. Then take a screenshot, paste it into the picture manager
and save it.
Subject: Re: Desktop screen saver
From: adamus-ga on 14 Oct 2006 14:26 PDT
It may be a long shot, but open it with w/e you used to edit it, then
try looking at all the recently opened files, it may be in there.

 If it is 100% impossible to locate, and you really really love this
picture. Then clear all your icons on your desktop. Then unlock your
start bar and pull it down. ( So it dissapears) Then his your Prt Scr
button, or pring screen button. Open paint and hit ctrl V. or edit
paste. It should paste your photo. Then File save as and save it where
you want it. Its a lot of work for a picture, but if its dear to you
it will work.

Subject: Re: Desktop screen saver
From: nexgen-ga on 16 Oct 2006 03:09 PDT
First of all you need to make sure you have really modified the
desktop photo. You can locate your desktop photo by looking at your

Open regedit (by clicking on Start->Run and type: regedit)
Navigate to:

My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop 

Look at the Wallpaper value, there should be a path to the current desktop photo.
(for example when desktop is set from firefox it could be something like:
C:\Documents and Settings\user1\Application
Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Desktop Background.bmp)

Try to open this file in your image editor and see if this is the
unmodified photo you were looking for. If this file is modified then
the desktop is in the cache of windows and I believe this is really
hard to get out. The best option would be as suggested before to hide
all your icons and make a screenshot by pressing PrintScreen or using
any graphic tool which can make a screenshot.

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