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Windows 7: Desktop Problems

20 Aug 2011   #1
djjs91

Windows 7
 
 
Desktop Problems

I am unable to change my desktop background apart from to another solid colour (so I cannot have a picture as my background or change the theme).

I have searched all over for solutions but none of them seem to work. I think it may have to do with me having Windows 7 Ultimate and it not being compatible with the laptop I have (HP Intel Pentium M Processor)

Any suggestions on what I should do?


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20 Aug 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Posting your systtem specs, and in this case your graphics setup, would be a big help, but it sounds as though you're using Basic settings instead of Aero.

Have you checked in Device Manager to see if your graphics adapter needs updating?
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20 Aug 2011   #3
djjs91

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for your reply.


Not sure if this is what you meant, but here's what I found:

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version: 6.1.7100 Build 7100
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq nc6220 (PL814AV)
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: Intel (R) Pentium (R) M processor 2.13GHz, 2133 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)



I hope that's relevant. I don't know exactly where to find graphics settings. I do have Aero but it said my video card driver doesn't support Aero effects. Could that be why I can't change my background?
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20 Aug 2011   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Djjs, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, double check to make sure that you do not have the Remove background images (where available) option checked in the Ease of Access Center.

Also, double check to make sure that at step 3 in the tutorial below, you have the folder selected that contains the image you want to use for you background, and not the Solid Colors location.

Desktop Background - Change

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Aug 2011   #5
djjs91

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Shawn. I checked those, but nothing changed.
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20 Aug 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djjs91 View Post
Thanks for your reply.


Not sure if this is what you meant, but here's what I found:

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version: 6.1.7100 Build 7100
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq nc6220 (PL814AV)
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: Intel (R) Pentium (R) M processor 2.13GHz, 2133 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)



I hope that's relevant. I don't know exactly where to find graphics settings. I do have Aero but it said my video card driver doesn't support Aero effects. Could that be why I can't change my background?
If your video card doesn't support Aero effects then you won't get them. You haven't said which video card you've got, but you could try downloading the latest driver for it just in case.
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20 Aug 2011   #7
djjs91

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djjs91 View Post
Thanks for your reply.


Not sure if this is what you meant, but here's what I found:

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Version: 6.1.7100 Build 7100
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq nc6220 (PL814AV)
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: Intel (R) Pentium (R) M processor 2.13GHz, 2133 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)



I hope that's relevant. I don't know exactly where to find graphics settings. I do have Aero but it said my video card driver doesn't support Aero effects. Could that be why I can't change my background?
If your video card doesn't support Aero effects then you won't get them. You haven't said which video card you've got, but you could try downloading the latest driver for it just in case.
I think the video card is Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express Chipset Family. Do you have any suggestions for which driver I would need to download and where I might find it?
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21 Aug 2011   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor. It will tell you if your GPU is compatible, and point you towards any solution.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows

A Guy
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21 Aug 2011   #9
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

915 and below dont have aero compatible drivers available. The lowest cards for which such drivers are available is 945. Let me also add that NO hack/trick will enable aero on your card so dont waste your time.
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