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Cannot change desktop background in new hp mini

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  • I recently bought a hp mini (with windows 7 starter) and i want to change the background. I tried to right-click on the picture that I want but "Set as Background" doesn't come up as an option. I also went to Control Panel and tried to search "desktop background" but nothing comes up. I also went to appearance as well as ease of access but the "Personalize Appearance and Sound Effects" aren't even an option. What I mean by that is it's written there but not highlighted. So now I don't know what else to try and I really want to change my background.
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 4:14 AM

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  • HI

    you cannot change the wallpaper in starter edition. the feature is not included. it has been designed for entry level pc's only.
    windows 7 starter edition.

    if you got any third party software to change background, chenges made will be not permanent.

    thanks for understanding

    Nikhil
    • Proposed as answer by Nikhil Deshpande Tuesday, December 01, 2009 6:20 PM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Thursday, December 03, 2009 6:18 AM
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 4:33 AM

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  • HI

    you cannot change the wallpaper in starter edition. the feature is not included. it has been designed for entry level pc's only.
    windows 7 starter edition.

    if you got any third party software to change background, chenges made will be not permanent.

    thanks for understanding

    Nikhil
    • Proposed as answer by Nikhil Deshpande Tuesday, December 01, 2009 6:20 PM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Thursday, December 03, 2009 6:18 AM
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 4:33 AM
  • isn't that a downside on the hp mini why don't they make one?

    Friday, December 04, 2009 6:52 AM
  • isn't that a downside on the hp mini why don't they make one?


    HI matthewangeles

    its by default in operating system,its for entry level PC's, cannot change back ground.
    HP mini uses starter edition, if you wish to change you need to contact HP for more information .

    if you wish to change personal settings you need to upgrade from starter edition to  Home Premium, Professional,or Ultimate

    Nikhil
    Friday, December 04, 2009 7:05 AM
  • Hi littlewing

     

    you will get more thirdparty softwares to change the background in starter edition, search with your search provider.

    for reference click here

    http://superuser.com/questions/69601/how-to-change-the-wallpaper-in-windows-7-starter-edition

     http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/47294-desktop-background-change-windows-7-starter.html

    Best regards

    Nikhil

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 4:10 AM
  • As for the technical side, a new licensing bit was introduced – ChangeDesktopBackground-Enabled.  On Starter Edition SKUs, this bit is set to 0, disabling background setting capabilities in Windows Photo Viewer and the Display/Theme Control Panel applets. The infection goes deeper into system files shell32.dll and themeui.dll too, hard-coding the wallpaper to %windir%\web\wallpaper\windows\img0.jpg.

    Workarounds:

        * As an Administrator, reset the permissions on img0.jpg, and overwrite file with picture of Mom.
        * Use third-party software (note: changes will likely not persist, untested)
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:08 AM
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbcEROPPTl0 go there its my youtube video i had the same problem too but now i can set my background for anything i want! Hoped that helped!
    Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:17 PM
  • I am LIVID that Microsoft has such a monopoly on operating systems. Windows 7 is ____. You can't personalize your own desktop? It's ____. If half of the games I play on a daily basis would play HALFWAY DECENTLY on ANY OTHER operating system NO MATTER HOW CRAPPY THE OS, I would switch immediately! WINDOWS 7 (Especially Starter) is a JOKE. What a waste of money. Hope your enjoying the high profits off such a poorly made OS. MISCROSOFT YOU'RE CRAPPY PEOPLE AND PROGRAMMERS. I AM FURIOUS.
    Monday, October 18, 2010 11:09 PM
  • I recently bought a hp mini (with windows 7 starter) and i want to change the background. I tried to right-click on the picture that I want but "Set as Background" doesn't come up as an option. I also went to Control Panel and tried to search "desktop background" but nothing comes up. I also went to appearance as well as ease of access but the "Personalize Appearance and Sound Effects" aren't even an option. What I mean by that is it's written there but not highlighted. So now I don't know what else to try and I really want to change my background.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:10 PM