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Windows 7: Can't change desktop background to anythingexcept a solid color

13 Jan 2020   #1
gatewaypc

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can't change desktop background to anythingexcept a solid color

Hi,

I've been having an issue w/ changing my desktop background. Whenever i try to change my background to something else (every option except solid colors), no effect happens. I can select it and it will get out of control panel as if it did change, but it won't.

I tried to find %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\ in Windows file explorer, but it isn't there, even w/ show hidden options and hide protected OS files disabled (I assume this is the issue, it was probably deleted or something- any way to restore it?). Subsequently, the themes folder is empty.
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Edit: This was not caused by the end of support screen.

Edit 2: I just tried to change it with a guest account and it worked fine...so the issue is directly related to my account. Not sure how to fix that though. Marking this as solved even though I cant fix it.


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13 Jan 2020   #2
moilopol

Windows 7 x64bit
 
 

gpedit.msc




Run it from windows
enable Prevent changing desktop background policy.
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13 Jan 2020   #3
gatewaypc

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fusilade View Post
gpedit.msc




Run it from windows
enable Prevent changing desktop background policy.
I tried that (win + r) but windows can't find it.
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15 Jan 2020   #4
moilopol

Windows 7 x64bit
 
 

ok. well i cannot help more than that sorry. As i said i cannot even get windows up and running so would'nt be able to test stuff.

Good luck though
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15 Jan 2020   #5
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Is it related to this thread Windows 7 after End Support screen: NO BACKGROUND!


Wonder if MS is doing this?
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15 Jan 2020   #6
Glaice

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's a dick move by those dismissing the screen..
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15 Jan 2020   #7
gatewaypc

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Is it related to this thread Windows 7 after End Support screen: NO BACKGROUND!


Wonder if MS is doing this?
No, this issue has persisted for probably about a year now.
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15 Jan 2020   #8
gatewaypc

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fusilade View Post
ok. well i cannot help more than that sorry. As i said i cannot even get windows up and running so would'nt be able to test stuff.

Good luck though
That's alright. It isn't really a problem for me. Plus i'm the only one who even uses this PC anymore occasionally.
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15 Jan 2020   #9
gatewaypc

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I just tried to change it with a guest account and it worked fine...so the issue is directly related to my account. Not sure how to fix that though.
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16 Jan 2020   #10
moilopol

Windows 7 x64bit
 
 

I feel bad just coming here to complain about my own issues. Sorry if this annoy syou but did you check teh MS documentation regarding this exact issue?


https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...e-in-windows-7


- I read it and you have clearly tried a few things listed on that page already, but maybe there is 1 you haven't tried.
- Double check all services and features are enable that are supposed to be enabled?
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