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Windows 7: Change desktop Win7 Starter without program or fiddling regedit

03 Feb 2011   #11

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Yes , it may be helpful to those with starter.

I have always set the desktop background choices in pe that way.

I assumed those using starter would also do it that way.

You're quite right - I have now looked around and people seem to be using registry files to do the job - not sure why - the obvious way is to change the image manually.

Perhaps some users don't want to change permissions on files - they would maybe rather have a program do it for them .

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03 Feb 2011   #12

W7 64

actually you are doing the same thing the regedit trick suggests, just in regedit you change the path of where windows looks for the wallpaper file. so download anything you want and paste that path into the wallpaper regedit entry instead of making windows look for img0 and changing the image rather than the file name. it's the same thing.

as a side note, as i already pointed out in your other thread, oceanis is the program you guys are referring to. it uses next to nothing on my 1015pem as far as memory goes. it is much more user friendly than your method or regedit as well. just fyi.
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03 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

There is a program available, the installer is in French but the language on the program itself is in English, if anyone wants it I can post it here or provide a link or something.
It has all the background changing features, slideshows, ect. I used it until I upgraded my Starter Edition.
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04 Feb 2011   #14

windows 7 starter 32

Yes if you want to change it every week maybe a programm works nice. Asus has also a nice utility for this.

I just wanted to change te wallpaper background in windows 7 starter & because this is in the normal way impossible to do and I do'nt want to use extra programs or manual change the registry I figured this out. By disabeling the locked default wallpaper background I am now free to place an use any wallpaper just the normal way.

The lock on the wallpaper in W7 starter is one of the ways Microsoft tries to let users upgrade their version.
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04 Feb 2011   #15

windows 7 starter 32

as mentioned earlier. This option is locked by default in Starter. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it is reality.

And if you are not using W7 Starter, why the .... you change the property settings of the deafult picture. (not security but property settings!) In all other versions you just can change the wall paper!

maybe because you are not a W7 Starter user you don't see the problem. But just google the issue and you see any starter users struggle with this 'wall paper lock'
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04 Feb 2011   #16

windows 7 starter 32
@ PwnFrnzy

thats the whole point. By disabling the lock of the default wall paper I don't ned a programm. You only need to do this exercise ONCE. After that you are as free as you are in other windows editions to change your wall paper.

May be it was better to change the title of this thread to "unlock the default wall paper in windows 7 Starter"

I am guessing you guys also think you need to do the steps every time you want to change your wall paper. You don't! These steps actually remove the default lock of the Windows wall paper for once and for all.
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04 Feb 2011   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I think your post was very sensible.

It seems to me the easiest way to do it.

I am surprised people weren't doing it
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04 Feb 2011   #18

windows 7 starter 32

yes me too once I figured it out its too easy to be true ...
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16 Jul 2011   #19

Windows 7

Too easy to be true maybe... It certainly seemed simple... but it didn't work for me.

I followed the instructions precisely, even tried variations on them, but all I got was the same black screen. Eventually I had to revert to the old file and point regedit back towards it (I even had to dig the file with its old details out of the recycle bin).

I don't know if it was because I was fiddling around with some other files/permissions/registry before, trying to fix the background before I found this thread; or because Microsoft has changed something in SP1 - but if anyone has any ideas about what I could be doing wrong, please tell me!
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20 Jul 2011   #20

windows 7 starter 32
@little campdavid


If you did it right and have the black screen then you have unlocked your wallpaper and can change the creen color the normal windows way (control panel - display - change color scheme - advanced - (item=) desktop >> choose the color you like

best wishes!
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