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Desktop won't display pictures

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  • Thanks..but I've already tried everything else.  Nothing seems to work so I thought since this was an "official" Microsoft tech site, you'd help, but I should have known better than expect Microsoft to do something over and above...  it just creates more problems.
    Monday, April 28, 2008 5:22 PM

Answers

  • Hi Ann,

    Please try the following stepss:

    run "gpedit.msc" to open local group policy editor, choose "user configurations" - "Administrative Template" - "Desktop" - "Desktop", choose "desktop wallpaper", enable the setting and style, then open a command prompt and run "gpupdate /force" to refresh the group policy, chen check whether the desktop will display the pictures.

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    Regards,
    Eric Zhang



    Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:39 AM

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  • Hi Ann,

    Could you please provide more information about your problem?

    What's the meaning of "desktop won't display pictures"? you set a picture as background and Vista didn't display it? or other problem?

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    Regards,
    Eric Zhang



    Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:50 AM
  • When I go to display properties...  I can't select the "browse" button or click on any of the images.  The button is grayed out and the image listing is not selectable.  Nor can I go to a picture, right click, choose "set as wallpaper" and have it show up as my desktop wallpaper.  Nothing works.  I've tried editing the registry....per instructions from Microsoft...and it still doesn't fix the problem.  I have 5 computers and repair/teach.....and I've never come across anything like this.  I'm sure that it must have something to do with a virus problem, but the machine is now clean and still the problem persists.  Any ideas?
    Wednesday, April 30, 2008 2:51 PM
  • Hi Ann,

    Please try the following stepss:

    run "gpedit.msc" to open local group policy editor, choose "user configurations" - "Administrative Template" - "Desktop" - "Desktop", choose "desktop wallpaper", enable the setting and style, then open a command prompt and run "gpupdate /force" to refresh the group policy, chen check whether the desktop will display the pictures.

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    Regards,
    Eric Zhang



    Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:39 AM
  • Hi,

    As this thread has been quiet for a while, we assume that the issue has been resolved. At this time, we will mark it as ‘Answered’ as the previous steps should be helpful for many similar scenarios.

    If the issue still persists and you want to return to this question, please reply this post directly so we will be notified to follow it up. You can also choose to unmark the answer as you wish.

    In addition, we’d love to hear your feedback about the solution. By sharing your experience you can help other community members facing similar problems.

    Thanks!
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    Regards,
    Eric Zhang

    Tuesday, May 06, 2008 7:16 AM
  • I am having the same problem as Ann (I have Windows XP Home Edition)

     

    From Ann:

    When I go to display properties...  I can't select the "browse" button or click on any of the images.  The button is grayed out and the image listing is not selectable.  Nor can I go to a picture, right click, choose "set as wallpaper" and have it show up as my desktop wallpaper.  Nothing works.  I've tried editing the registry....per instructions from Microsoft...and it still doesn't fix the problem.  I have 5 computers and repair/teach.....and I've never come across anything like this.  I'm sure that it must have something to do with a virus problem, but the machine is now clean and still the problem persists.  Any ideas?

     

    From Benita

     

    My background was fine, then it went white and my button is grayed out and I can't do anything in the display.  When I log off, my picture shows up.  I tried your solution above and it didn't fix it the problem.  Could you give some insight into this problem.


     

    Monday, May 26, 2008 4:04 AM
  • I was able to fix this problem by doing a system restore.

     

    Monday, May 26, 2008 3:58 PM
  • I'm having this problem now. My computer was fine until it restarted itself, and now my desktop background won't appear. I tried to change the picture and used a regular photo but still no luck on the desktop background. I can right click and add background, it just doesn't show up at all. I'm using Vista, and when I open the background image options the photo's there don't even load. They just show the image as the file type, not the image itself.

     

    Saturday, August 30, 2008 6:37 PM
  • hey my problem is that i installed a game on my pc then restarted my pc, it logged in fine but then instead of showing the desktop it shows a black screen. all i can c is my mouse, no other menus are on the page. pls help, u can email me s_warley@hotmail.com
    Friday, October 10, 2008 9:28 PM
  • I have the exact same problem but when I run gpedit.msc it says it can't find it. What do I do?
    Saturday, January 03, 2009 10:44 PM
  • gpedit.msc is only available in XP pro. If you are running XP home you will not have gpedit.msc.
    Saturday, May 02, 2009 3:19 PM
  • Ok, for what windows version is this? I put it in search at Start Menu and it turns up nothing
    Friday, September 16, 2011 3:35 AM
  • I had the same problem and change my picture from bmp. to jpg. and it still didn't work.  Finally I right clicked on my desktop then clicked refresh and it came back and is working fine.  Easy fix!
    Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:03 PM