computer Background display problems

March 26, 2011 at 08:02:30
Specs: Windows XP
I have Windows Media edition on a HP laptop and had to run a restore from scratch. Now when I right click to select a background on the desktop display, it shows my selection, but it will not save it even after I click apply. Why will it not save my selection?

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#1
March 26, 2011 at 19:00:28
Are you hitting both Apply and OK?

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#2
March 26, 2011 at 19:58:15
Apply makes the change now. Okay makes the change and closes the window, so it doesn't matter if you use Apply then Okay.

When you say you restored from scratch, what exactly do you mean? Did you use a Windows disc, delete your old partition, and reinstall Windows OR did you use a recovery partition located on your hard drive OR did you revert to a disk image you saved earlier on? I ask because people often forget to install device drivers after reinstalling Windows, so it may be related, although what you described is weird to me.

If it's a picture you're trying to set, you can also go to that file in Windows Explorer, Preview it, then right-click and Set as Desktop.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#3
March 27, 2011 at 22:14:49
To begin with on the question, did I click "APPLY". I am not THAT stupid, yes of course I went through normal items. That is why I am asking on this discussion board.... I began using computers in the late 80's, so I am an old DOS head and use to be pretty good at registry editing and could hack a little on networks, but its getting harder to keep up with technology and I do not have all day just to sit around playing on computers.

I have had a couple of younger guys look at this and we all agree,this is very strange. When I restored this thing, I used the standard restore from the hard draive on the laptop, no disk. It should have just went through the standard set-up and I would been back to the point when I bought the computer, so the standard drives should have been restored and I would have lost new programs and data files since I bought the computer.


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#4
March 28, 2011 at 22:54:09
Alright, so you used the recovery partition. You're right, it should put your computer to factory settings assuming you didn't modify it. Device drivers are a good thing to check anyway when reinstalling because it's likely they got updated since that recovery partition was created. I don't think it's related, but worth a look into anyway.

Did you try setting a picture like I mentioned? If it's a solid color, you could open up Paint, apply your color, save it to your desktop, then go to File > Set as Background.

Can you make other changes to the theme or go between Windows Classic and Windows XP?

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#5
March 29, 2011 at 04:36:36
Did you apply the latest service pack? Your restore partition may be something less.

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#6
March 30, 2011 at 14:37:16
I went back and ran an update for windows and got all the needed service packs and updates directly from MicroSoft, so that should have gotten everything on the correct or same playing field so to speak. No luck, that's why I started trying to find out an answer on here.

To you question about setting a background, yes. Pretty simple and will most always work even if you have a driver probelm, but again No Luck.... I get an error message that says, Unspecified error has ocurred. The only choices at that point are OK and Cancel. Nothing seams to work, this is a tough one and I need some help.

Thanks everyone.


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#7
March 30, 2011 at 14:39:18
Have you used the same background in the past? Is the background a custom file?

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#8
March 30, 2011 at 15:37:24
Two thoughts: 

1. Use a third party tool, such as Irfanview, to try to set the wallpaper.

2. Check out HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop in Regedit. 
         -  Right click and see what the Permissions are. 
          - Try to change the Wallpaper manually in the subkey.


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