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Windows 7: Can't change themes or wallpapers!


19 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Can't change themes or wallpapers!

So I bought an Acer One D255 Netbook and upgraded it to Win 7 Pro. Now It won't let me change anything in Personalize when I right click on the desktop. Any help would be appreciated greatly. Thank you.

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19 Dec 2010   #2

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

There may be a problem with your context menu.

Have you tried going through Control Panel?
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19 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yes I have, it's still a no go.
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19 Dec 2010   #4

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Go to the start orb, and Copy and paste this Personalize into the search box.

If you get results, click on personalize my computer.
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19 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

that didn't do it either, it says "This theme can not be applied to the desktop".
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20 Dec 2010   #6

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This may be a problem with your user account.

Use this tutorial to create a new account http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-accounts.html Then see if you can get into Personalization.

If this works then go back and delete the old account.
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20 Dec 2010   #7

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

If it still happens after creating another user account, log in to an admin account and make sure the group policy settings to prevent theme change isn't enabled. Windows 7 Theme Group Policy | Windows 7 Themes
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Based on our test, it seems the Registry key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper] is missing and caused this problem. To work around this issue,please create a String Value [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WallPaper] on client and try changing the wallpaper
Also, make sure the setting to prevent wallpaper change isn't enabled.Prevent Changing the Screen Saver and Wallpaper in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
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20 Dec 2010   #8

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I found this explanation of your problem:
Personalization option in control panel will not open. Windows 7 Home Premiuim 64 Bit

You can try running the sfc /scannow to make sure your files are okay.

I'm going to ask on another thread here if anyone has run into this before.
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20 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Changing the user account seems to have worked, thank you so very much for all your help! It is much appreciated.
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20 Dec 2010   #10

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Thanks Ezio, I was going to suggest The group policy, until I saw the link I provided.

With my version of 7 (Home Premium) I don't have a lot of experience with group policy.
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