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Desktop Background Wallpaper - Change in Windows 7 Starter

How to Change Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic Editions
Published by Brink
16 Dec 2009
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How to Change Desktop Background Wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic Editions

information   Information
By default the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions do not include the Personalization features such as change desktop background, Desktop Slideshow, Screen Saver, and Windows Color and Appearance.


This tutorial will show you how to add these features to the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions.
  • For free desktop background wallpapers from Microsoft, see: Desktop backgrounds (wallpaper) - Microsoft Windows
  • By default, the Windows 7 Home Basic edition will only allow you to change the desktop background by right clicking on a image and clicking on Set as desktop background.
  • If you plan on doing a in-place upgrade to another higher level edition of Windows 7 in the future, then be sure to uninstall this Oceanis Change Background W7 or Personalization Panel program first to avoid incompatibility issues with it in the new edition of Windows 7. It was designed to only work in the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions.




OPTION ONE
Using the "Oceanis Change Background W7" Program

Note   Note
This will show you how to download and use the program Oceanis Change Background W7 provided by Oceanis so that you can change the desktop background with a optional desktop slideshow (shuffle) in the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions.


If the Oceanis program is closed, then the desktop background goes with it. You will need to leave the Oceanis program running to keep the background.
  • You must be using the Windows 7 Basic theme.
  • If the Oceanis Change Background W7 program no longer works properly after installing some Windows Updates, then uninstall and reinstall the Oceanis Change Background W7 program to have it run properly again.
  • If you get the black wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter, then:
  • Run a sfc /scannow command, and restart the computer afterwards. You may have some corrupted system files causing the background wallpaper to not display.
1. Click on the Download button below to download the Oceanis Change Background W7 ZIP file provided by Oceanis, click on Save, and save it to your Desktop.
download
2. Open the downloaded ZIP file, extract (drag and drop) the exe file below to your desktop, and run it.
NOTE: You will be prompted to restart the computer to finish installing this program.
Oceanis_Change_Background_W7.exe
3. When your computer restarts, you will see this as your desktop background. Click on the Oceanis Change Background W7 shortcut to change your desktop background. (see screenshot below)
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4. Browse to the images that you want to use and check (select) a image, or more than one image to have a desktop slideshow. Select the Picture position for how you want the images displayed, and any desktop slideshow settings if you selected more than one image. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: These options are just like the default ones in the other editions of Windows 7 here that are now being allowed by this program by Oceanis for the Windows 7 Starter edition.
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5. When done, click on Save changes. (see screenshots above)



OPTION TWO
Using the "Personalization Panel" Program

NOTE: This will show you how to download and use the Personalization Panel program to add Personalization to the desktop context menu to be able to change the desktop background, Windows Color and Appearance, Sounds, and Screen Saver in the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic editions. This program does not add the desktop slideshow feature though.
1. Download and install the Personalization Panel program using Regular setup option at the Download link below.
download
2. When finished installing, you can now right click on the desktop and click on Personalization.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

4. From here you can select and set the Appearance and Personalization options you like. (see screenshot below)
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5. Desktop Background
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B) In Windows Home Basic
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6. Windows Color
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7. Sounds
A) This is the same Sounds settings as in the other editions of Windows 7.
8. Screen Saver
A) This is the same Screen Saver settings as in the other editions of Windows 7.
That's it,
Shawn








19 Dec 2009   #1
mick823

Win 7 Professional and Windows 8 Professional
 
 
Oceanis Change background

Shawn

This program works with Win7 starter just as described. I am a little puzzled about the origin of the software. Can you explain a little about where it came from, who wrote it, etc. and assure me and others that it is not malware.

Mick


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19 Dec 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mick, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If was offered to us by a friend of ours Oceanis. I ran several scans and checks on the program in a VM before posting it, so that you and everyone else can rest assure that it's malware free.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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26 Dec 2009   #3
sembal

windows 7 startter
 
 

hi there
i installed and setup the program but i couldn`t achieve to save the background. When I click on save changes background doesn`t change and program is closed. what can be reasin for this
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26 Dec 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sembal, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I have just a few questions to see if they may be able to help determine what happened.
  • Did you restart the computer after installing the program?
  • Do you have a modified skin or theme, or other 3rd party theme or skin program installed?
  • Do you have UAC turned on?
  • Did you do this in a administrator or standard account?
You might see if right clicking on the program's shortcut, and clicking on "Run as administrator" may help.
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01 Jan 2010   #5
iTom

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

thanks for this, ive now changed it
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01 Jan 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Tom, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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03 Jan 2010   #7
livonce

windows 7 starter
 
 
thanks

I recently purchased a mini laptop with windows 7 started edition ..I discovered the next day that I am unable to change the desktop wallpaper . After reading the forums , I downloaded oceanis to change the background. and viola it worked.Thanks
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03 Jan 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Livonce. I'm happy to hear it.
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07 Jan 2010   #9
cotita

none
 
 

hi, my name is natalia, im from chile and i like to thanks u for help me to fix my problem with windows 7, and the way u do it is very easy, wich is the best part because i dont know very much about computer and this kind of stuff

again thanks and good luck
natty
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