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Windows 7: Can't set picture as Background and photo icon problem

16 Aug 2010   #1

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Can't set picture as Background and photo icon problem

Hi,

I have followed everything i have read. Check the ease of access box wasn't ticked, checked the high contrast option.

I can change the background to another solid colour, blue red etc. Another issues i have noitced is when i go to the desktop background choices, go to picture location and click windows desktop backgrounds, (brings up the list of photos) but i don't see any pictures just empty white boxes. If i right click and open i see the photo perfectly but if i set to background i get the solid colour.

Also if i go to my photo library i (with my thumbnails set to large icons) see i icons as the empty white boxes, pictures also the same. i can change to small icons and i see the pictures as thumbnails.

Things i ve tried - new graphics drivers, folder options, and a few registry keys that have been mentioned in other posts.

Hope someone can help.

Plus the half-life 2 engine keeps crashing started at the same time. (tried deleting no difference)


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16 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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"I can change the background to another solid colour, blue red etc. Another issues i have noitced is when i go to the desktop background choices, go to picture location and click windows desktop backgrounds, (brings up the list of photos) but i don't see any pictures just empty white boxes. If i right click and open i see the photo perfectly but if i set to background i get the solid colour.

Also if i go to my photo library i (with my thumbnails set to large icons) see i icons as the empty white boxes, pictures also the same. i can change to small icons and i see the pictures as thumbnails."


I have the exact same problem and found only a partial solution. As for the icons/thumbnails, I did the same as you- if you make them smaller you can see them, but you don't have this option for the background pictures and they show up as white boxes

however, i found a weird way to be able to change your background image (i only get solid colors as well). if you go online and use an image from the web (you can even google "windows 7 background images" if you like those) and right click and select set as background image, that DOES change the background for some weird reason. another strange thing- this only works in mozilla firefox and internet explorer, but Not for google chrome. on IE you can set a picture as the background, and on firefox you can set an image and choose between center, tile, or strech options.

this isn't ideal, but at least this way you can have a background picture that isn't a solid color. hopefully someone comes up with a more permanent solution.
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16 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

also you can open a picture file from your computer that you want as your background with a browser and then right click and set as background. firefox works esp. well with this
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17 Sep 2010   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Hi Chris and Falcon !! Welcome to the forums

@ Falcon : Nice suggestions

@ Chris : Is it the situation from the very beginning , or a recent scenario ? If recent , have you ran any third party disk cum registry cleaner before getting into this trouble ?

Initially yo may try one thing , that is SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker . It will bring everything to system default .

If SFC scan failed , it is to try a System Restore with a previous date before the trouble came . And if System restore is also failed , finally it is to try a Repair Install .

Please post back the results .
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