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Windows 7: Desktop Background - Change


02 Nov 2008   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Desktop Background - Change

How to Change the Windows 7 Desktop Background




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22 Nov 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJ MadHatter View Post
Ah, I still need some help.
I just got my new Windows 7 Mini Netbook, and I am not all that sure if the tutorial you posted works on my computer. Help please?
Hello DJ,

If it's a Windows 7 Starter edition, then you will not be able to change the desktop background since that feature is not included in that Windows 7 edition.


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25 Nov 2009   #11
Cirux

windows 7
 
 
Background position

So it lets me change the background picture when I go to change my background, but I made the background picture myself and it's a little too small to be stretched. It wont let me change the picture position to anything but stretch nor will it let me change the background color... I'm probably just doing something stupid but it's starting to bother me. Can anyone help?
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25 Nov 2009   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Cirux, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you can create a larger image of it, or if enlarging the image with something like Paint may allow it to work properly afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Nov 2009   #13
Cirux

windows 7
 
 

Thank you
I tried that, I ended up just giving it a much bigger border and painting it black so it would fill my desktop. I played around with it for a bit and tried changing the size of it to make it much smaller and larger, I also used a couple different images to see if maybe it was just mine. It still wouldn't let me change the picture position to tile or anything, it would just default back to stretch. I'll live with it for now though, thanks for the help Shawn
-Amanda
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26 Nov 2009   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Amanda,

Did you try making one that was the same size as your screen resolution?
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26 Nov 2009   #15
Cirux

windows 7
 
 

Ok so that didn't help with picture position problem but it definitely helped make it so the picture wasn't stretched. Even when I was messing with the size, because it wasn't the same as my screen resolution it was still stretching the picture out a little. So at least now I'm able to center the picture enough and scale it right to make me happy. Thanks again Shawn
-Amanda
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26 Nov 2009   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Amanda. Do you have this problem with all images used for the background. What type (ex: BMP, JPG, etc....) of file is it? What edition (ex: Home Premium, Ultimate) of Windows 7 do you have?
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27 Nov 2009   #17
Cirux

windows 7
 
 

Well I made it in gimp so it was originally a xcf but I converted it to a jpg so it would be compatible... I also tried a png image i got off the internet which didn't work either, after you asked that i went back in and tried using the original jpg image before i edited it in gimp. I have home premium, I know the starter edition doesn't allow you to change the background but I figured if they didn't allow you to change something like that in home premium they'd take away the option. It just makes me a little confused, maybe there's a setting somewhere I need to change.. If I ever figure it out I'll probably feel pretty dumb for not getting it right away
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27 Nov 2009   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Amanda,

As a test create a new administrator account, and see how it works in it.
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28 Nov 2009   #19
mrainbo335

Window 7 Ultimate
 
 
Of course, but...

It took me just a few moments to execute the steps so vividly pictured above, but what I wanted to know was if there was any step beyond for stabilizing the, well, for me it concerns the 'stretch' option.

You see, whereas my former Windows XP didn't give me any problem with my Webshots desktop background, I now need to stretch the image to fit my wide screen (and by the way, I really dislike this current vogue of wide-screen monitors). "Okay nice," I first thought when reaching your finely illustrated plateau, until I found that the screen-image reverted to a 'centered' image when the next daily Webshots image went up.

What I'd like to do (and does anyone have any knowledge or idea about this?) is to render a permanent setting of the 'stretch' option to save me the daily chore of re-setting it.
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