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Blank Desktop Background, Unable to Change RRS feed

  • Question

  • Yesterday I noticed that my desktop background wasn't changing.  I have a current rotation of about 20 pictures that I have as my background.  As of today it is still not changing.  I tried changing my Theme, and now I just have a black background.

    My computer is still working fine (making this post from it) but I just have a completely blank, black background.   I have not received any error messages or anything that would suggest something was wrong.  It just stopped working.

    I'm running Win7-64-bit Home Premium on an HP dv7 Laptop.

    I've tried manually going to my pictures and right clicking and saying set as desktop background, and though I can click on the option it doesn't change anything.  I've tried changing themes, I tried uninstalling the theme I HAD been using and I've rebooted my computer twice, once normally and once in safe mode and no go.

    It's not that my computer's stopped working or anything, I just can't change the background and staring at all the black is rather boring.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 5:43 PM

Answers

  • While holding the Windows logo button on the keyboard, press R to open the Run box.

    Copy and paste this into the box, then press enter:
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\

    Delete the TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file, then try to change your background again.

     

     


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    • Marked as answer by Serenova Thursday, January 6, 2011 4:10 PM
    Thursday, January 6, 2011 2:52 PM

All replies

  • Hi, Serenova:

    What happens if you refresh your Windows Experience Index (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-is-the-Windows-Experience-Index)?


    Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience | http://www.wintecnico.com

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:58 PM
    Answerer
  • As soon as I read the link I tried that.

    However, it didn't work.  I can change my window color but my background refuses to be anything other than blank.

     

    Thank you for your suggestion though.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:20 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Please let me know which option is chose in Desktop Background? Is it Solid Color? What happens if you choose other options and click Save Changes?

     

    In addition, I would like to know if the OS is activated? Have you installed any landscaping software?

     

    I also suggest changing Resolution settings and performing Clean Boot for testing the issue.

     

    Meanwhile, you could update the latest drive from the HP site.

     

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/siteHome?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&os=4063&sw_lang

     

    Note: Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

     

    Regards,

    Simida


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    Thursday, January 6, 2011 8:41 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    When I open "Personalize" by right-clicking on my desktop it shows that the Desktop Background is a Solid color.  I can change that color and have the change stick.  But if I go to use an actual image (jpeg, bitmap, png, whatever) and I select the image, the background does not change to show a preview and if I click "Save" it stays a solid color.

    I also know for a fact that my laptop is activated, I upgraded it from Vista to 7 a year ago (there was a $30 upgrade available for students for Home-Premium).

    Changing the resolution settings does not help.  I tried all the resolutions available and changing it did not help.

    Clean boot is something I need to try but I am not sure that would help because I believe it is a problem with Windows itself and not any third party software that is installed, though I can try it.  EDIT: I tried Cleanboot and it didn't help.  I followed the instructions given in the link and the problem still persists.

    As for having the latest driver, I update my computer all the time (have them run in the background) so I'm 99% sure I'm up to date on everything on my computer.

    Thursday, January 6, 2011 1:28 PM
  • While holding the Windows logo button on the keyboard, press R to open the Run box.

    Copy and paste this into the box, then press enter:
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\

    Delete the TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file, then try to change your background again.

     

     


    If this was helpful, please vote by clicking the green triangle. If it solves the issue, click Propose as Answer. Thanks!
    • Marked as answer by Serenova Thursday, January 6, 2011 4:10 PM
    Thursday, January 6, 2011 2:52 PM
  • That worked beautifully.  Thank you very much!
    • Proposed as answer by smurf2818 Monday, July 11, 2011 11:01 PM
    Thursday, January 6, 2011 4:10 PM
  • While holding the Windows logo button on the keyboard, press R to open the Run box.

    Copy and paste this into the box, then press enter:
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\

    Delete the TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file, then try to change your background again.

     

     


    If this was helpful, please vote by clicking the green triangle. If it solves the issue, click Propose as Answer. Thanks!

    this worked for me!
    • Proposed as answer by smurf2818 Monday, July 11, 2011 11:02 PM
    Monday, July 11, 2011 11:02 PM
  • THAT worked fantastically! Thanks very much!!!
    Sunday, September 11, 2011 2:40 PM
  • if u r using an hp laptop then you must uninstall starter background changer. just go to ccontrol panel > programs and features > starter background changer > uninstall.
    Friday, November 4, 2011 10:14 AM
  • Hi, I am having the same problem as OP, but when I paste %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\ into the box, it says this folder is empty. Any advice?
    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:43 AM
  • I tried this and it worked!!! This was awesome and very helpful advice!!! I wish you would describe what actually caused this to occur!!! Thank you though!!! ;^)

    • Edited by TyKera Saturday, August 4, 2012 5:55 PM
    Saturday, August 4, 2012 5:52 PM
  • That worked for me!
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012 10:41 PM
  • I've tried this suggestion, which is one of the most suggested across forums anywhere, & after deleting another .jpg is immediately recreated. The same thing occurs when deleting the contents of system.ini as well.

    RD

    Friday, November 23, 2012 11:03 PM
  • It's supposed to be re-created. Deleting it should allow the new generated version without errors and allow you to pick a wallpaper image.  As soon as you delete the files, go to your Picture folder and right-click and choose 'set as desktop background' for an image, and see if it works for you.

    Shawn Keene

    Saturday, November 24, 2012 11:22 PM
  • It's supposed to be re-created. Deleting it should allow the new generated version without errors and allow you to pick a wallpaper image.  As soon as you delete the files, go to your Picture folder and right-click and choose 'set as desktop background' for an image, and see if it works for you.

    Shawn Keene


    Got it. Did specifically what you stated above & still no desktop picture.

    RD

    Sunday, November 25, 2012 1:25 AM
  • This isn't working for me?? I put this in the search box and nothing comes up in the search?
    Monday, December 10, 2012 7:24 PM
  • It's supposed to be re-created. Deleting it should allow the new generated version without errors and allow you to pick a wallpaper image.  As soon as you delete the files, go to your Picture folder and right-click and choose 'set as desktop background' for an image, and see if it works for you.

    Shawn Keene

    I don't know if you or anyone else is following this thread any longer or not, but if so, your suggestion is not working for me. Please see the screenshot of my Windows Personalization module, which shows all themes 'blacked out' (https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=7C41C68C6993E70D!368&authkey=!AAqHTVl0n-KqjIo).


    RD

    Monday, December 10, 2012 8:20 PM
  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS THIS WORKED LIKE A ROCKET>>>>>>>>

    Sunday, August 4, 2013 4:40 AM
  • Hooray!!!!!It worked, Thank you!!!
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 1:25 AM
  • Awesome!! Worked like charm.
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:11 AM
  • emm, maybe i have a same problem, but its little different

    right now, my explorer.exe is not working, when i try launch explorer.exe manualy from task manager > new task > explorer.exe, then show setup when i instal my theme, when i close it, explorer.exe closed too.

    i can't open folder, or use windows button, so i can't the advice u give it to them, i try open control panel from task manager, same setup show up.

    please, any advice ?

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:03 PM
  • I too had the same problem. What happened with me was I installed the software "auslogics speed booster" it had some tweaking options. I followed the recommendation of the software but it resulted in the black background. As you said I too can change the colour(like from black to blue,etc), but was not able to set a picture. I got the solution. I am using windows 10 but I hope this works for windows 7 too. First of all open Control Panel by pressing the windows key+R and then selecting the control panel. Then go to ease of access, then ease of access center, then Make the computer easier to see, then scroll down and you will see the option "REMOVE BACKGROUN IMAGES(WHERE AVAILABLE)". Just untick it. Done!!! Actually other things did not work for me so I found it out somehow... Hope this works....
    • Proposed as answer by MithilP Thursday, November 5, 2015 3:09 PM
    Thursday, November 5, 2015 3:08 PM