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Windows 7: Cannot change desktop background


25 Apr 2010   #1

 
 
Cannot change desktop background

I don't know how long it has been going on but for some time now I can get the wallpaper to change. I know how to do it, but it will not change on my account or my wife's. We are both admin's. This annoying as all get out. Please somebody help me.

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26 Apr 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Zmturner, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are you getting any error messages? Is your Windows 7 showing as activated?

You might also check to see if any of these may the issue as well.

Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change

Desktop Background - Allow or Prevent Changing

Remove Background Images (where available)

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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26 Apr 2010   #3

 
 

No I am not getting any error messages The wallpaper simply will not change.
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26 Apr 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Have you checked at the other tutorial links to see if one of them may the issue with it being disabled?

Do you have the Windows 7 Starter edition?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-starter.html
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26 Apr 2010   #5

 
 

I have windows 7 home premium.
I have tried the 3 suggestions you made plus I have searched this site and Microsoft's website for help but to no avail.
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26 Apr 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Run a sfc /scannow to see if it may be able to find and repair any bad or corrupted system files that may be causing this.


If that does not help, then as a test, try specifying the wallpaper you want to use with the tutorial below to see if it will change it afterwards.

Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change

As an alternative test to the specifying one above, create a new administrator account to see if you are able to change the desktop background in it.
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26 Apr 2010   #7

 
 

I completed the scan and it was ok.
I will try creating a new account to see if that works. If not what next?? Should I do a install repair?
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26 Apr 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, if it does not work in a new account as well, then a repair install will be next since you do not know how far back this started for a system restore instead.
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27 Apr 2010   #9

 
 

Well I tried the install repair and that didn't work. My desktop is blank and my wife's still has the wallpaper from before the repair. ????
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27 Apr 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Look like you may need to bite the bullet and do a clean install.
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