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Windows 7: Background locked to solid color

27 Feb 2010   #1
qmann28

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Background locked to solid color

Hi everyone,

I was messing around with my background one day trying to find some pictures for my slideshow. I don't remember exactly what happened, but now I'm stuck on the solid color background. I can choose what color it's set as, but that's all. If I go into one of my or one of the default picture folders, the pictures all appear there looking perfectly fine and I can select them, but my background doesn't change. Anybody have a fix for this?

Also, I'm a computer newb so please make any help as simple as possible.


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27 Feb 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Make sure you have permission to change the background: Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change
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27 Feb 2010   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Qmann, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, double check to make sure that this option below in the Ease of Access Center is unchecked as well. If checked, you will only have a solid color background as well.

Remove Background Images (where available)

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Hope this helps,
Shawn


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28 Feb 2010   #4
qmann28

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Unfortunately, I already had permission to change the background and "Remove Background Images" unchecked.
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28 Feb 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You can try a system restore using a restore point dated before this problem to see if it can fix it for you.
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15 Apr 2011   #6
freakyterrorist

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Sorry for dredging up an old thread but this was one of the top google results for me trying to solve this problem today...

Anyway there is a completely different solution for people who have been experiencing this in 2011. If you installed the Bing RSS feed theme then after the servers were shut down in feb 2011 you will be unable to change your desktop background despite applying those changes in the personalization menu. The solution is posted here Desktop stuck on solid colours - Win 7 Pro - Microsoft Answers and involves deleting a file from your themes folder...

"Copy and paste this into the search box at the bottom of your Start menu, then hit enter:
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\
In the window that opens, delete the TranscodedWallpaper file, then try to set a wallpaper normally again."
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15 Apr 2011   #7
Imperfect1

 
 

This has happened to me on occasion, and although I've never figured out the cause, the fix has been relatively simple. This may not solve your problem, but it did fix my problem, so it's worth a try. . . just go into whichever folder you use to store your background images and double-click one. Voila! That image should immediately appear as the background on your desktop.
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06 Sep 2012   #8
bigredswims

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freakyterrorist View Post
Sorry for dredging up an old thread but this was one of the top google results for me trying to solve this problem today...

Anyway there is a completely different solution for people who have been experiencing this in 2011. If you installed the Bing RSS feed theme then after the servers were shut down in feb 2011 you will be unable to change your desktop background despite applying those changes in the personalization menu. The solution is posted here Desktop stuck on solid colours - Win 7 Pro - Microsoft Answers and involves deleting a file from your themes folder...

"Copy and paste this into the search box at the bottom of your Start menu, then hit enter:
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\
In the window that opens, delete the TranscodedWallpaper file, then try to set a wallpaper normally again."
I, too, apologize for bumping such an old thread. I'd spent a sizable chunk of my day on the internet, trying to figure out why only solid colors were being displayed on my desktop. The problem reared its head out of seemingly nowhere two weeks ago and it'd been wearing at my nerves until I just couldn't take it any more. This post was the perfect solution for my situation. Thank you!

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23 Jun 2013   #9
jdholland93

Windows 7 Starter Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Qmann, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, double check to make sure that this option below in the Ease of Access Center is unchecked as well. If checked, you will only have a solid color background as well.

Remove Background Images (where available)

Attachment 57139

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I realize that this comment was posted over three years ago, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU because after literally an entire night of Googling, mucking around in the registry, countless restarts, and so on, THIS finally worked for me. THANK YOU, BRINK.
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04 Jul 2013   #10
computershoppe

XP 32Bit
 
 

BRINK - Thanks You!

Damn Pesky Viruses
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