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Windows 7: Choose Your Desktop Background hangs when loading non-default folders

12 Oct 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Choose Your Desktop Background hangs when loading non-default folders


I just noticed that my desktop background slideshow hasn't been working lately, so I went into the personalize menu to fix it (seems to happen to me from time to time, usually an easy fix.)

A screen capture of what I see when I go to change the desktop background can be found here:
In short, everything seems to work fine, but where the list of images is supposed to be, I only get a notification that it is loading, but it never seems to actually load. Additionally the Picture Location dropdown box is blank.

I can use the Picture location dropdown to select between the standard Windows Desktop Background and Solid Colors lists, which both load up just fine. But if I hit Browse and try to look at My Pictures/Desktops, which is where I have all the images I actually like using as a background, it does not load.

Windows can, however, access at least one of these images - when I select my saved theme, it does load up the image in the lowest position of an alphabetical list. Whether this is symptomatic of the bug or if it's just the image it happened to be displaying when the slideshow went wonky, I don't know, but I've checked and it won't reselect a different desktop image if that image is removed from the folder; it swaps back to a Windows default one.

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