Working with the Windows Registry

Tim Golden mail at
Fri Jun 27 15:46:35 CEST 2008

teh_sAbEr wrote:
> Great! It works properly now but I have one more question, would
> anyone know how to get the changes to take effect immediately? Like
> some sort of Python way to force the desktop to reload? AFAIK the only
> way that'll happen is if I use the Display Properties dialog box. The
> Registry value is changed properly, its just I don't think the changes
> will take effect until I restart.

Sorry; I missed this one earlier. One way to change the wallpaper
without delving into the registry is the SystemParametersInfo function. 
Try the following:

import win32con
import win32gui

WALLPAPER_BMP = "c:/temp/t.bmp"
win32gui.SystemParametersInfo (


The only thing I'm not sure about is whether it will survive
a logoff. If it doesn't I suppose you can always combine it
with the registry technique to make it permanent.


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