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Manipulating BGInfo.exe

I am an administrator at a small firm that has inherited a group of servers running Windows 2003 that have a desktop wallpaper using BGInfo.exe. When logging on it always shows an error about its services. I can't stop the service because it always says "The program BGInfo.exe is marked for deletion." How does a file become "marked for deletion" and how can I fix this? I have administrator privileges but it still seems that I cannot manipulate this .exe.

I am an administrator at a small firm that has inherited a group of servers running Windows 2k3 that have a desktop wallpaper using BGInfo.exe. When logging on it always shows an error about its services. I can't stop the service because it always says "The program BGInfo.exe is marked for deletion." How does a file become "marked for deletion" and how can I fix this? I have administrator privileges but it still seems that I cannot manipulate this .exe.
It looks like someone installed it as a service at startup (which is very strange) and it got mangled. You may have to manually remove the service entry from the Registry first, reboot, and then see if the file the service entry points to even exists anymore. Why BGInfo was installed as a service is a little strange; I've used the program before, and it worked fine as something that I added to the Startup group! (Perhaps someone didn't like the idea of cluttering up the Startup group and thought that by installing the program as a service they could reduce clutter.)
This was first published in August 2006

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