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Windows 7: Unable to set desktop background all of a sudden


29 Sep 2011   #1
Talisker

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
Unable to set desktop background all of a sudden

I decided to change my background tonight and it just isn't working. I have tried right-clicking on pictures>set picture as desktop background> but this is not working anymore.

Right clicking on my desktop and clicking Personalize> Change theme and then setting it from there is not working either. The only thing that does work is setting a solid colour as a background (not too inspiring).

I've googled for a solution and can't seem to fix it.

Anyone know of a fix?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Talisker, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check using the tutorial below to see if you may have the Remove background images (where available) box checked by mistaked in the Ease of Access Center.

Remove Background Images (where available)


If you do not, then try Option One in the tutorial below to "allow changing desktop background"....
Desktop Background - Allow or Prevent Changing
.... and/or Option Two in the tutorial below to "not specify a desktop background".
Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Sep 2011   #3
Talisker

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Hi Brink,

This was one of the fixes I tried before posting my thread here. Whenever I search for gpedit.msc in the start menu, I get no results.

Oh, and "remove background images (where available)" has always been unchecked on my computer.

Is there a fix in the regedit perhaps?

Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Talisker,

Your edition does not include gpedit.msc in it, so this is why you are not finding it.

Instead, you would need to use the OPTION specified above for those tutorials to be able to do it through the registry instead of gpedit.msc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #5
Talisker

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Hi Shawn,

I have downloaded "Allow changing desktop" and added it to my registry and I still can't set a picture as a desktop background.

What next?

Thanks
Tom
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30 Sep 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Tom,

Did you restart the computer afterwards?

I think the best thing to do next here would be to do a system restore (click on link) using a restore point dated before this happened to hopefully undo and fix it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #7
Talisker

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Shaun,

The system restore has brought my old screensaver back but I still can't change it.

Should I repeat any of the above?

Tom
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30 Sep 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Screensaver??

Did you want to change your screensaver or desktop background?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #9
Talisker

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Duh... I meant background
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, ok. I just wanted to make sure.

If available, use a older restore point.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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