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Windows 7: Home Premium CAN'T CHANGE WALLPAPER!

04 Apr 2011   #11
BroneDalit

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I, too have been having difficulty change my wallpaper. Thank you for letting evryone know what file to delete - it worked a treat!


Sorry for digging up a really old thread - gotta love google searches!





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07 Jun 2011   #12
vamtheanomaly

Windows Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samnf View Post
OK my angry little friend, I've got something for you to try.

Delete this file:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg

I did this, went back to personalization and picked a wallpaper, and BANG! it worked.

It looks like this file is where windows stores the current background. If you change the background, this file changes. I think the permissions on that file got messed up, stopping Windows from reading/updating it.

It's amazing what you can achieve when you keep a level head
I recently did a system restore and had this same problem. After hours of searching I ended up here and joined this forum JUST to add my 2 cents.

This advice worked for me. Thank you. I would also like to add that, be advised the TranscodedWallpaper.jpg is a HIDDEN file so you will have to show hidden files in order to delete TranscodedWallpaper.jpg.

To show hidden files go to the start menu > control panel > Appearance and Personalization.

You will then see "Folder Options" in the list. Select "Show Hidden Files and Folders"
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03 Aug 2011   #13
dallen1331

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Corbin buddy, I hear your pain completely. I unwrapped mine from dell with exactly the same problem. I did not even download an update.

And Samnf

Thank you sooo so much. Your solution was the only one I read that did not involve downloading 3rd party software from companies I have never heard of.

thanks again.

Dave
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28 Aug 2011   #14
ballofgas

windows 7 home preium
 
 
worked like a charm!!!

thank you!!!!! i'm using a new toshiba laptop with a builtin windows 7 OS and i couldn't change my desktop background. Thanks to YOU, whoever you are, I was able to troubleshoot the problem!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samnf View Post
OK my angry little friend, I've got something for you to try.

Delete this file:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg

I did this, went back to personalization and picked a wallpaper, and BANG! it worked.

It looks like this file is where windows stores the current background. If you change the background, this file changes. I think the permissions on that file got messed up, stopping Windows from reading/updating it.

It's amazing what you can achieve when you keep a level head
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03 Dec 2011   #15
jerryrck

32-bit win 7 home premium
 
 

Replying to-->[QUOTE=CorbinDallas;540192]ok i'm really pissed off right now.

Hi Dallas, I also transferred files from another computer which was windows 7 starter edition and im facing the same problem with the wallpaper not changing.. The wallpaper stays the same when i try to change it .. I think that the windows 7 starter edition file transfer to my new windows home premium edition brought the file that keeps us from changing our backgrounds.. if anyone can help us on which file to delete to keep us from changing our backgrounds please help
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09 Jul 2012   #16
mappa

windows 7 home premium
 
 
samnf saved my life

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samnf View Post
OK my angry little friend, I've got something for you to try.

Delete this file:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg

I did this, went back to personalization and picked a wallpaper, and BANG! it worked.

It looks like this file is where windows stores the current background. If you change the background, this file changes. I think the permissions on that file got messed up, stopping Windows from reading/updating it.

It's amazing what you can achieve when you keep a level head
This thread may be ancient, but i dont care. Samnf saved my brain from total collapse with this piece of advice. The only reason i registered on this forum was to post this thankyou note. Thanks mate!
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10 Jul 2012   #17
samnf

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Ha!
I love this thread. Every 6 months or so a stranger pops in just to show some gratitude. Hopefully Windows 8 has the same problem so I can keep the praise train rolling.
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26 Nov 2013   #18
bigcroc64

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

samnf ok well after reading and trying lots of different solutions to this dam annoying problem,I still have a black back ground.C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg i used the unhide hiden files and copied and pasted samnf advice in the search but cant find anything.If i just type transcoded wallpaper i get the windows logo wallpaper and thats it .Help please it use to work fine .I have home premium 7 64 bit.
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26 Nov 2013   #19
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

This almost sounds like an activation issue ... check your activation status and see what it says ...
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26 Nov 2013   #20
bigcroc64

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

thanks for the reply tews .sorry for the dumarse question but what is the activation..settings please and were would i find it.i also tried a system restore but no joy.
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