Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium Unable to change background/see thumbnails

17 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Windows 7 Home Premium Unable to change background/see thumbnails

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit. I am unable to change my background and am unable to see thumbnails. I have added a screenshot of my personalization menu to show the problem. I would like to be able to make it so my themes/thumbnails show and so i can change my desktop background at will. Not looking for just a quick fix. Wanting to fix the problem.

Attached Thumbnails
Windows 7 Home Premium Unable to change background/see thumbnails-untitled.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Feb 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

see this for the thumbnails.
Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

See below for the theme issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Feb 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I know little about themes, but here is how I change my wallpaper.

Make a folder anywhere, call it "wallpaper".

Put a bunch of jpegs in it.

Go to Personalize.

poke or double poke "desktop background" as shown at the bottom of your screenshot.

A window opens up.

In the "picture location" dropdown, navigate to that wallpaper folder you just created.

You should see thumnails of each picture in the folder show up.

Choose "select all" if you want to put them all in the rotation.

Experiment with "picture position"; I use tile.

Choose something under "change picture every". I use every 3 hours.

Save changes and exit.

If you want to change manually after that, right click the desktop and choose next desktop background.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Windows 7 Home Premium Unable to change background/see thumbnails

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium Thumbnails will not appear
A month ago Windows forced an Update. At the end of it it asked me to run a disk error check - the one with the black box. At the end of this it showed a Codec error which no one including my professional IT support people have been able to fix. When I rebooted all my jpg thumbnail previews had...
General Discussion
Unable to load Windows 7 Premium Home 64 bit
Have formatted the HD and cleaned it. When trying to load OS I am told there is no memory and no hard drive. What is my next step? New HD, mobo, RAM, what?
Unable to Change Desktop Background on Windows 7 Premium 32bit
I cannot change my desktop background on my laptop. I can only change them to the solid colors. The window's color and the screen saver changes but the desktop background does not. I have already made sure that the "Remove background images (where available)" is unchecked. Please help. Thanks
Themes and Styles
Unable to log into Windows 7 Home Premium
Hi, sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. Had Windows 7 home premium for around 2 months on a brand new desktop. Never had a single problem with it untill today. Turned it on as normal, got to the log in screen where i click on the required user. As the pc is only used by me I only have...
BSOD Help and Support
can't change desktop background windows 7 home premium
Ok. I've been looking for two hours for a solution to my problem that I am capable of doing without worrying that I'm going to ruin my computer. For some reason, I can't change my desktop background. The last (and only) time I changed it was in December, which is when I purchased the laptop. I...
Themes and Styles

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:53.
Twitter Facebook Google+