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Windows 7: Theme Problems

13 Jan 2009   #1
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 
Theme Problems

I've been experiencing a strange problem with my themes. Sometimes 7 will stop displaying the desktop background. It just becomes a black screen. I can try changing the desktop image, refreshing, show/hide icons...nothing works. The background just stays black. If I change themes, the UI color will change, but the background will stay black. The only way I can fix the issue is to reboot.

Any ideas?

Note, this almost always happens during the transition from Aero to Basic (e.g. if I run a program that doesn't support Aero), but will also happen randomly.


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13 Jan 2009   #2
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

I've had this issue as well. Usually when I unlock my pc or exit a game.
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13 Jan 2009   #3
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

Hmm so apparently not isolated to the graphics card..as I run an ATI card, and you run an nVidia card. I too will run into the problem frequently when exiting games.
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13 Jan 2009   #4
STormdce

WIndows 7/Vista/Ubuntu/Fedora
 
 

Ive got the same problem every once in a while when I exit games, Haven't figured it out yet. Oddly, it doesn't seem to happen at all when i'm using a single file for my background.
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13 Jan 2009   #5
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by STormdce View Post
Oddly, it doesn't seem to happen at all when i'm using a single file for my background.
Yeah, I've noticed the same. Though once the problem has happened, switching to a single file doesn't seem to have any effect.
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15 Jan 2009   #6
STormdce

WIndows 7/Vista/Ubuntu/Fedora
 
 

Im going to leave my background on a single file for a little while longer, i may just not be getting into the right situation to recreate the error...
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15 Jan 2009   #7
johngalt

 

All you having this issue check and see if DWM is running in task manager - if it is, try restarting it - if not, try starting it.
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16 Jan 2009   #8
mSeliga

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
All you having this issue check and see if DWM is running in task manager - if it is, try restarting it - if not, try starting it.
What is the name for DWM? Just type that in?
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16 Jan 2009   #9
ces973

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Just encountered this issue switching between the classic theme and a Win7 one. Killing dwm.exe and restarting it fixes the issue.
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16 Jan 2009   #10
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mSeliga View Post
What is the name for DWM? Just type that in?
In taskmanager, it should be dwm.exe

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ces973 View Post
Just encountered this issue switching between the classic theme and a Win7 one. Killing dwm.exe and restarting it fixes the issue.
I thought so - *now* trying using DriverSweeper from Safe mode to remove your graphics driver and then reinstalling it after a reboot and W7 installs your standard WDDM by installing your current driver *over* it...
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