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Windows 7: Can't change background

24 Nov 2009   #1
njg

windows 7
 
 
Can't change background

For some reason I can no longer change the background of my desktop.

I had it set to slide show but it it is stuck on just one picture.

I have tried changing themes and it seems to change everything but the background i.e. the sounds and the borders colours change but not the background.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks


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24 Nov 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

What happens if you right click on a wallpaper and select as desktop??
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24 Nov 2009   #3
njg

windows 7
 
 

I can't see that option.

From themes I select slide show and then the backgrounds I want.

If I go directly to backgrounds and right click I just get an option to select.

Sorry if i am being thick.
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24 Nov 2009   #4
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi njg and Welcome to SevenForums

Try just right clicking desktop, go to Personalization and double click the background you want and see if it changes. Then click on slide show and see how often you have it set to change. Let us know if you have more questions.

Smitty
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24 Nov 2009   #5
njg

windows 7
 
 

Hi Smitty and thanks for the response.

I've tried that any it doesn't work.

I've also now found where the images are stored and done as Tews asked, i.e. right clicking and setting as wallpaper and that doesn't work either.
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24 Nov 2009   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello NJG, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might check with the tutorial below to see if the changing your desktop background option may have been disabled some how. Test by making sure these are enabled. It is the same in Windows 7.

Desktop Background Wallpaper - Prevent Change - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Nov 2009   #7
njg

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the reply Shawn

I have the home premium edition and don't appear to have gpedit.msc

I tried the manual root but can't find

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

in the registry.

It was working so unless there is a simple way to disable it I wouldn't have done it. Registry tinkering is way out of my league.
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24 Nov 2009   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

NJG,

You can use the enable download in step 3 (under STEP TWO) in METHOD TWO to do this instead.
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24 Nov 2009   #9
njg

windows 7
 
 

Ok, did that and still no joy?
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24 Nov 2009   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, in that case a repair install should be able to fix it without you losing anything.
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