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Windows 7: Background suddenly gone black and cannot change

16 Jan 2020   #1
handyguy

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 
Background suddenly gone black and cannot change

My windows7 pro desktop computer has suddenly (morning of January 6, 2020) displayed a black background. It cannot be changed via Personalization/Desktop Background. That setting shows the correct background, but only black is displayed. That setting although you can select a different background reverts only to the last background that was selected - and in any case, only black is displayed.
I followed the instructions in https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-in-windows-7
but none of the points were valid on this installation, and all checks were ok.
Perhaps this is related to the recent drop of support for Windows 7?
I also checked recent updates and nothing was updated in the days before, except for windows defender. There were a few others today, but that was after the problem occurred, and they also do not seem suspicious.


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16 Jan 2020   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello handyguy,
welcome to Seven Forums.

You could try a Clean Startup or System's Restore. Maybe one of those will revive the Settings.
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16 Jan 2020   #3
handyguy

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

No change with clean startup.
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16 Jan 2020   #4
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Is the problem limited to one User Account, or does it persist with other user accounts too?
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16 Jan 2020   #5
handyguy

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

Interesting, I enabled the Guest account - it had the standard windows background and I was able to change it!
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16 Jan 2020   #6
handyguy

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

I was able to fix it by selecting a theme (aero), and then reverting back to the old picture.
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