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Windows 7: Can't Change DESKTOP deisplay!!!Help!

25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
Can't Change DESKTOP deisplay!!!Help!

I have a new Gateway Netbook with Windows 7. I can't seem to alter the desktop display no matter what i do. I right click on photos and select "set as wallpaper" and it does nothing. Any ideas?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Does this tutorial help? Desktop Background - Change
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7

There is no option "personalize" when i right click on the desktop. This didn't help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

How old is your computer?
What have you done so far on it?
Is Windows 'activated'?

Please tell us as much as you can, so we can help troubleshoot the problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #5

Windows7 x64 7600 16385

You say a "new" netbook? It isn't by chance Windows 7 Starter edition is it? I don't think you can change the background on Starter!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Subsonic View Post
You say a "new" netbook? It isn't by chance Windows 7 Starter edition is it? I don't think you can change the background on Starter!
Good catch. I believe you are correct about not being able to change the background in Starter.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7

It is a brand new Gateway with Windows 7 starter edition. Why is that you cannot change that. Seems rediculous to me. otherwise i have to say this is a great little netbook...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jam757 View Post
There is no option "personalize" when i right click on the desktop. This didn't help.
where did yo get the Dvd from? did you download it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Oct 2009   #9

Dual boot Win7 Home Premium and Vista Home Premium SP2

FROM PAUL THURROTT'S EXCELLENT WINDOWS SUPERSITE - a possible HP workaround - maybe look at Gateway as well???

HP's End-Run Around the Windows 7 Starter Limitations

As you must know by now, Microsoft has severely limited the ways in which you can customized its lowest-end Windows 7 version, Windows Starter Edition. (See Windows 7 Starter? That's How They Get You for more information.) The worst of these limitations, of course, is that users cannot customize the desktop wallpaper. Instead, they're stuck with what Microsoft provides: A single background image.
Today, Rafael posts about an HP netbook that appears to get around this limitation. How they do it is interesting. Lame. But interesting.
Nicholas R., initially emailing Paul, noticed HP was somehow bypassing this restriction according to a bulleted claim on their Mini 110 netbook product page:
The unique ability to change the wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter: a specialized theme includes a custom screen saver and 15 wallpapers designed by Boontje.
How is this possible?
Upon clicking the Customize and Buy link on HP’s website, and clicking through the various customizable components, you’ll discover the included software bundle consisting of some simple applications and a copy of Stardock MyColors, designed for Windows 7. For those unaware, MyColors is simply a stripped down WindowBlinds application targeting the download-and-apply-my-theme users that don’t need the power (or cost) of WindowBlinds. The internals, however, are the same. As this software replaces the Microsoft Windows theming subsystem with its own, it completely bypasses any and all license restrictions imposed by Microsoft.
So is it legal? You have to think HP, a major league Microsoft partner, got the OK from the software giant.
I mean. They must have. Right?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
Change Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter Edition

While M$ has disabled changing the desktop background in Windows 7 Starter edition, changing it is easy-peasy. The Thurrott site notes that HP includes Stardock's My colors with some netbooks (notably, the HP Mini 110 "Studio Tord Boontje" edition), but you don't need to own an HP Mini 110 "Studio Tord Boontje" or even ANY HP to have a legitimate FREE copy of one My Colors Theme which will then allow you to change the desktop background to your heart's content.

See: Change Desktop Background in Windows 7 Starter Edition. It's easy-peasy and free. Just a few clicks to download and install, then a slight tweak after you install the free My Colors theme of your choice. Of course, Stardock hopes you'll be impressed enough with their product that you'll buy another theme or even Window Blinds itself, and that's fine, since Stardock sells some good product.
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