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Windows 7: Let pc optimize itself - now desktop is solid blue instead of Oceanis

18 Jul 2014   #1
leelee1972

32 bit Windows 7 Starter
 
 
Let pc optimize itself - now desktop is solid blue instead of Oceanis

Hi there -

I have Windows 7 Starter and have Oceanis running for desktop background.

At some point I was doing something and was presented with the question of whether or not I wanted to allow Windows to change settings to optimize the way my pc runs.

I clicked yes, and Windows changed my desktop background to a solid blue.

I know that Oceanis is still running, because I can see my background images for a brief moment when I first start my pc or switch from browser to desktop.

I can't find any clue as to what Windows did to "hide" my background images... any suggestions?

PS: This happened a few months ago, so I don't have a system restore point that would help.
PPS: I have already tried this: Start> In search box type Ease of access> Enter> Make the computer easier to see> Make things on the screen easier to see> Make sure Remove background images (where available) is unchecked.


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18 Jul 2014   #2
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You may have to uninstall, reboot then reinstall Oceanis.

This tutorial should help: Desktop Background Wallpaper - Change in Windows 7 Starter

Forgot to mention:
When Windows issues that message, it usually indicates Windows has sensed a possible degradation in system performance and will try to change setting to improve performance.
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18 Jul 2014   #3
leelee1972

32 bit Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
You may have to uninstall, reboot then reinstall Oceanis.

This tutorial should help: Desktop Background Wallpaper - Change in Windows 7 Starter

Forgot to mention:
When Windows issues that message, it usually indicates Windows has sensed a possible degradation in system performance and will try to change setting to improve performance.
Hi! I tried that just now, but still just a plain blue background. So weird. And you're right-- I was having problems with my graphics accelerator, so I was doing some troubleshooting when I got the option to let Windows optimize itself. I just didn't expect it to do something I couldn't undo. The other thing it changed was my image thumbnails in my folders -- but I was able to fix that by going into Visual Effects and ticking the box. Any other suggestions for making my desktop background visible? It's literally UNDER this blue screen! I moved my taskbar a few minutes ago, and you could see the background image for a moment where the taskbar had been. This is driving me insane, lol.
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18 Jul 2014   #4
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I'm not even sure of what's available in the Starter version as far as visual effects but they do use a lot of memory and need significantly fast video hardware to function well. You may have background applications running that could be interfering with video and/or using too many resources. Can you post a clip of your Windows Experience Index (WEI)? This is available by clicking the Start Orb and typing wei in the Search Box then select "Check the Windows Experience Index".

Also, some details of you system might help. If you click on "My System Specs" at the bottom left of any one's post, you'll get an idea of helpful details to put into yours. Most important is PC make and model, amount of memory and any additional hardware.
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19 Jul 2014   #5
leelee1972

32 bit Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Alrighty -- first, thanks for the responses -- I really appreciate your trying to help!

I have updated my specs, and below is a screenshot of my Experience Index. I realize this little netbook can't do much compared to a lot of other pc's, but Oceanis was working very well until I allowed the system to make the changes itself. The changes didn't remedy the problem I was having -- it was something entirely different which has since been taken care of. So I just want to have my backgrounds back, even if my system goes a bit slower!

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19 Jul 2014   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Graphics is a little light but you certainly have enough to support Aero with some restrictions. Memory is going to be pinched pretty tight. Are you sure you rebooted (Restart) after uninstalling Oceanis? We may to see what else is running but I'll ask someone with more knowledge of Starter to take a look at this thread.
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19 Jul 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Graphics is a little light but you certainly have enough to support Aero with some restrictions.

Starter does not support aero.

Windows 7 Starter- what are the limitations? - Microsoft Community
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19 Jul 2014   #8
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Personally, I found Oceanis a little buggy for my liking, carwiz makes a good point about this,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz
When Windows issues that message, it usually indicates Windows has sensed a possible degradation in system performance and will try to change setting to improve performance.
Oceanis actually runs at startup to function, and is a drain on resources. It does have the slideshow option also which can be a drain as well.

If you just want to change your background, I think option two is a better method myself,

Desktop Background Wallpaper - Change in Windows 7 Starter

Personalization Panel just adds the context menu entry and isn't a program that needs to run at startup or hog resources.

I would completely uninstall Oceanis and try the other one, this might be useful as well to keep your other startups to a minimum,

Startup Programs - Change
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19 Jul 2014   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
You may have to uninstall, reboot then reinstall Oceanis.

This tutorial should help: Desktop Background Wallpaper - Change in Windows 7 Starter

Forgot to mention:
When Windows issues that message, it usually indicates Windows has sensed a possible degradation in system performance and will try to change setting to improve performance.
The last two bullets in OPTION ONE, blue note of the tutorial (see tutorial for more help / links)
  • If you get the black wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter, then:
    • Double check to make sure that the Remove background images (where available) box is unchecked in the Ease of Access Center.
    • Change the Color Scheme to Windows Classic and click on Apply, then change it to Windows Basic and click on OK.
    • If none of the above helped, then also see if this solution by Foe may be a possible fix.

  • Run a sfc /scannow command, and restart the computer afterwards. You may have some corrupted system files causing the background wallpaper to not display.

If you have reinstalled Oceanis, investigate bullet one above. Then try the 2nd bullet above
Please follow the instructions in OPTION TWO of SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Copy C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log to your Desktop (it is a protected file so you cannot attach the original)

Attach the copy of the entire CBS.log to a new post.

Thanks
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19 Jul 2014   #10
leelee1972

32 bit Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Thanks everyone-- I am currently checking all of your suggestions out and will post the outcome!
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