Firstly I apologise for the long story but I feel you may understand more with the whole picture... I have recently built up 5 XP desktops using a multi-cast ghost image so all images are the same, also all desktops are completely identical as they are part of the same batch. I have just recently had to stop setting up the users accounts after logging on as the users for the computers as I've come across something I'm now unable to solve. The first users account was setup on the first computer, and worked exactly as it should. The second and third made me step back and realise the problem... The corporate wallpaper wasn't being displayed, nor the corporate screensaver. I checked and had a colleague double check the 2nd and 3rd users weren't in a domain group to bypass the group policy, which they weren't and no other groups were created on the computers which would do this locally. I remembered something like this happening in the past and it was down to the same issue as back then. The hidden folder in the root drive called 'desktop' where the image and screensaver file is not there. I have tried creating a new folder there as a test called 'desktop' to overwrite it, but the folder won't let me overwrite it, as the user with no admin rights or as a domain or local administrator. Here is the most mind-boggling part... it's meant to be a hidden folder (which appeared as hidden and worked fine on the first desktop), however even after setting it to show hidden files and folders and to show hidden system files, it still doesn't appear. I can't issue out these desktops without this working. Any ideas of what is causing this?