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Windows 7: Desktop Background - Change

02 Nov 2008   #79
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Desktop Background - Change

How to Change the Windows 7 Desktop Background



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02 Dec 2011   #80
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Tutorial has been updated to add OPTION TWO for how to manually change the desktop background wallpaper in registry editor for only your user account.

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02 Jan 2012   #81
translator40

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Desktop Background-Change

Cookieman, thanks for your reply. It looks like a winner except I confess I don't know how to do it. I set up my wallpaper by pulling up a jpg image and right click to the wallpaper option. Throughout the process I don't see an option for sizing the image to the screen. Obviously you have something else in mind. Can you please explain what process you're tracking.
Thanks!
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02 Jan 2012   #82
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by translator40 View Post
Cookieman, thanks for your reply. It looks like a winner except I confess I don't know how to do it. I set up my wallpaper by pulling up a jpg image and right click to the wallpaper option. Throughout the process I don't see an option for sizing the image to the screen. Obviously you have something else in mind. Can you please explain what process you're tracking.
Thanks!
He's talking about the option in the lower left of this picture,



You get there by right clicking on the desktop and choosing the personalize option.
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03 Jan 2012   #83
translator40

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Desktop Background-Change

Thanks, guys! I finally figured it out. That works nicely and solves the problem. I appreciate your help. This is a great forum.
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05 Jan 2012   #84
maryjanerose

NCR
 
 

can't change my window 7 basic!!!
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05 Jan 2012   #85
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maryjanerose View Post
can't change my window 7 basic!!!
Welcome to the forum maryjanerose,

Have a look at this tutorial instead,

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-starter.html
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05 Nov 2012   #86
damitz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi all.....I'm new here so if I interupted something or posted this in the wrong place, I truly appologize......but......I've had this problem for a long time. I try to change my desktop background on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit through Personalization, well, it will change.......for about 5 seconds, and then go back to that awful Zodiac background no matter what I do. Any help for me?
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05 Nov 2012   #87
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello damitz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you applied any custom skins or anything like this to your Windows 7?

When you changed your desktop background, did you click on the OK button at the bottom to apply it? If not that would cause the background to revert back to what you had before like that when you close the "Desktop Background" window.

If you did click on "Save changes", then as a test, create a new account of the same type (ex: administrator) for yourself, and see how changing the desktop background works while logged in it.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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05 Nov 2012   #88
damitz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Sorry it took so long to reply, but, I've been trying your suggestions. I've downloaded themes from the Microsoft Windows 7 site and that's what I've been trying to use. I've clicked the "sve Changes" button after choosing a picture, and, as I"ve said....it will change the picture for about 10 seconds and then goes back to the Zodiac picture. NOW, I created another admistrator account for myself and that keeps the picture I choose, but, then I lose all of my settings and stuff. Thank you so very much for giving me your advise, but, is there any way to keep all of my settings and programs, etc., and still change the picture?
And again, thank you very much---my sanity has returned!!!

I take it alllll back......the bunnies are still there. What happened? This is GREAT!!! I owe you BIG TIME!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!
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05 Nov 2012   #89
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.

Well, since it works just fine in the new account, it's not a system setting and must be some change made in that original account causing it. I'd say try a system restore with a restore point, but since you say it's been like this for a long time, you most likely wouldn't have a restore point available dated before this started.

I'm not sure what else to suggest other than using the new account instead, and copying over all of your favorites, shortcuts, and redo your settings.
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