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Windows 7: I can't choose folder for background slide show


25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
I can't choose folder for background slide show

Hello!

I don't know when and why it happened, but now I can't choose my own folder with wallpapers for background slideshow. I am talking about Control Panel -> Personalization -> Desktop Background -> Picture Location -> Browse. When choosing my folder in Browse I click OK and... NOTHING HAPPENS. The Browse window just closes and I DO NOT see thumbnails from the selected folder. I just see previous selection of thumbnails.

Attached please find a screenshot to better understand what I mean.

Any ideas?
Thanks!



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I can't choose folder for background slide show-post.jpg  
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25 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums Yautja Hunter

Do you have permission to use the folder?
Maybe try and select the parent folder instead (Game Wallpaper New unseen)?
Failing those, try and copy the images to the Public Images folder and then select them through "Pictures Library"
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25 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Thanks for quick response!
First of all, let me tell you that earlier everything worked fine, and I really don't know know what caused it to stop working proprely.

I do have permission to that folder, and Public Images folder is not opening either. Moreover, I've tried different folders with pictures on different drives. It's all the same story: I chose the folder, click OK, and the browsing window simply closes without any effect (no errors whatsoever).

Certainly, I can copy my wallpapers to a folder in C:\Windows\Web\Wallpapers, then I can select them in "Windows Desktop Backgrounds" under Picture Location. But this means duplicating all my wallpapers. I really would like to be able to actually choose certain exisiting folder with pictures and have Windows show pictures from there, the way this feature was designed to work and USED to work.

Also, do you know where in the registry I can find the location of folder listed under "Picture Location" (see screenshot)?
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25 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a strange one!
I'm out of suggestions really, maybe a system restore if it has only started happening earlier?????
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25 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

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25 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Yeah, system restore might be an option, but I have installed a lot for programs since then. If a apply system restore, is there an option to undo it and to return to my current config?
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25 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, unfortunately not, System Restore cannot be undone. I'm gonna have to hand this one over to someone a bit more knowledgeable......sorry i couldn't help on this occasion Yautja
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25 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

SOLVED!!!

Researching the internet for solution, I came across the registry file below which openes wallpapers for all regions. Somehow importing these registry settings fixed my problem.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\InstalledThemes\MCT]
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-AU\\Theme\\AU.theme"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-CA\\Theme\\CA.theme"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-DE\\Theme\\DE.theme"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-GB\\Theme\\GB.theme"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-JP\\Theme\\JP.theme"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-US\\Theme\\US.theme"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-ZA\\Theme\\ZA.theme"=""

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers\KnownFolders\0\Windo ws Wallpapers\MergeFolders]
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-AU\\Wallpaper"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-CA\\Wallpaper"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-DE\\Wallpaper"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-GB\\Wallpaper"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-JP\\Wallpaper"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-US\\Wallpaper"=""
"C:\\windows\\Globalization\\MCT\\MCT-ZA\\Wallpaper"=""
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25 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nice job!!
Thanks for sharing the solution
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04 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Awseome!!!! This fixed it perfectly!
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