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Windows 7: Cant make a desktop image/wallpaper

11 Jun 2016   #1
Howard W

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Cant make a desktop image/wallpaper

Cannot save wallpaper! Please help! Firstly, I have done the obvious control panel/right click on desktop stuff. Does not work. I cannot even choose a ready made theme from control panel, only plain colours. If I choose a theme or browse my own pics, there is no error message, it just does not work! I have even tried registry stuff, like making something available under policies/system/etc. But the 'available' thing was greyed out! This happened yesterday. All I can think of is that I have downloaded a few things, to try to help improve the performance of my video editing program. They did not work. And somehow I got this annoying accuweather thing on the bottom right. Apparantly, this can be spyware so I wanted it off. The advice for this was to uninstall any recent stuff that you did not want or recognise. So I did this, only stuff from the past few days. The result of this was everything on the screen getting bigger! And the problem of wallpaper images. I have managed to adjust the resolution back to normal, but still stuck with wallpaper issue. I was trying to see if I needed graphics software updating, and found something for the intel R HD. But as I said, it did not help the issue I was looking into, so I uninstalled these things. Have also done a registry scan, repair. Sorry write so much, but I want to prevent everyone giving the obvious answers I have already tried! Thanks.

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11 Jun 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Have you tried system restore to an earlier time before downloading the stuff ?
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11 Jun 2016   #3
Howard W

64
 
 

Would love to! But system restore has never worked for me on this machine for some reason. Never offers me any points, and if I create one it goes through it all and then says it has not been able to do it. Can't remember the exact error message but it never seems to do it!
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12 Jun 2016   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Ouch I hear yea I've never been a fan of system restore in windows
I just started beginning of this year to use system imaging with Macrium Reflect
It's actually very easy
Imaging with free Macrium

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQA7NlLvxg8

Use Clean boot,
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Click Start and type in the search box,
msconfig
Click on the suggestion on top or hit the Enter key,
Go to the Startup section and take some screen shots for a complete list,
Go to the Services section and on the bottom left Check the box to Hide All Microsoft services,
Repeat the screen shots,
See the links above my signature on how to take and upload screen shots here,
Cheers.
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12 Jun 2016   #5
Howard W

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SOLVED IT! For the benefit of others ...

Thanks, but I have managed to sort it out. Here is a youtube link that actually worked! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYaCmuGSbWY I do not understand it, but it did. Basically, go into user files through things like appdata, roaming, and more with hidden files showing. Then I saw my old screensaver picture greyed out (I think) which I had to delete. For some unknown reason, this has sorted out the issue! Hope this will help someone else.
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