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Windows 7: Desktop Background - Remove Picture Location History

13 Mar 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Desktop Background - Remove Picture Location History

How to Remove the Desktop Background Picture Location History in Windows 7 and Windows 8


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23 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit OS
Windows 7 BG

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Debellator, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Interesting. Does the folder that you selected contain any images in it? Could you post a few screenshots of what you are seeing instead to see if something may stand out?

Well No Screenshot would really show anything there is no error or alert, it allows me to navigate to any folder. I have several sub folders in my Pictures library and when I select one nothing happens, the window goes away as if though it worked but the folder is not there to select.

I thought it might be related to how many pics were in a certain folder(18k) so I chose one with only 10 in it and it did not help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Aug 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Do they show if you select the Pictures Library itself from the drop down menu for "Pictures location"?

Do you have this same problem if you select any other folder with images in it other than a included library folder?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Aug 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit OS
Windows 7 BG

No they don't show even the main Pictures Folder.

And yes same problem, I tried creating a folder with two images on the desktop and selecting that one and it did the same thing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Aug 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise


Go ahead and run a sfc /scannow command to see if it can find and fix any corrupted system files that may be the cause of this.

If not, then you might consider doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated when this did work properly.
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06 Nov 2011   #14

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debellator View Post
So I know how to do whats described, yet somehow (in the last two weeks) I have lost the ability to add folders.

I Browse to one(any folder anywhere) and select it, and it doesn't work. Nothing happens, the folder is not added?? Any ideas?

How can I make it work again?
How can I manually(regedit) add in a new folder location? ++

Full add min rights etc.
Finlay! Someone with the same error/problem as me. I'm not alone.

This has happen to me on two different computers, both where fresh installs of Windows 7 (Ultimate I think).
Your guide on how to remove one path using regedit works fine.
Adding a path using the normal method with the browse botton does not work. You can browse for a folder but it doesn't get added.

My temporary solution to this:

On a working windows 7 computer.
1. Add a path to some wallpapers like C:\wallpaper
2. Regedit to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers\Images
3. Export the folder Images to a .reg file

On the non working windows 7 computer.
4. Make the folder as in step 1, making sure it's the exact same name and path.
5. Run .reg file and the path should have been added.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jun 2012   #15

Windows 7

For anyone else reading this, the Picture Location Browse button stops working AFTER "Libraries" are disabled using this registry entry:


I like not having Libraries, but that's one of the side effects.

One way around it is to be sure libraries are working. Create a folder to use for personal wallpapers somewhere. Go to the Personalize / Desktop Background page / Browse to that Personal Wallpaper folder. Now that folder will show up in the drop down list from then on. Then disable libraries.
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26 Jun 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Orbidia,

Instead of deleting the library registry entry like that, you could use the tutorial below to hide Libraries in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer to not have that issue.

If you need copy of the registry entry you deleted to restore it, then just let me know. I export a copy from my system for you.

Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
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