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Black Login Screen on Windows 2003 Server

Ran into an issue where a Windows 2003 R2 servers login screen was using a black color scheme. You could see part of the Windows 2003 login logo but nothing else. This issue is caused when all color schemes in the computer’s default profile may have been set to black for every scheme element.

To correct it you can export the HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors registry key from a working server and import in the system that has the issue. You can also copy the text below and save as .REG and import it into your system.

Log out and reconnect and all will be back to as before

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