Can’t Change Desktop Background? How to Fix It?

Posted by Britt Duncan - August 4, 2014

Most of computer users like to display their favorite wallpaper or desktop background on computers. But it may happen that you can’t change desktop background in Windows 7 or Windows 8. In this case, you need to find some reasons first. In some cases, third-party programs can restrict you from changing the desktop background. To fix the problem, you need to uninstall the programs and reboot your computer. Here are some tips that can help you solve the problem.


Solution One:

You open Control Panel and click Ease of Access. Then click Optimize Visual display, scroll down until you find Make things on the screen easier to see section.
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And check whether the Remove background images (where available) is checked or not. If the option is enabled, you need to uncheck it. And click Save->Apply->Exit.

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Solution Two:

If you can’t change the desktop background on your laptop, you can open Control Panel and click Power Option. Then select your power plan, click Change plan settings. And choose Change advanced power settings-> Expand the Desktop background settings option -> Expand Slide show. Make sure that the Plugged in option is available.

Solution Three:

If the above two solutions can’t solve your problem, your TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file in your system has been corrupted. To solve your problem, you may try to open the file as below:


solution 3

Then right click the file and select Rename. Change TranscodedWallpaper.jpg to TranscodedWallpaper.old.

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If your operating system is Windows 8 & 8.1, you also need to double click slideshow.ini file and open it with Notepad. Select all the text and delete it. Save the changes. Close explorer windows.

Solution Four:

If it doesn’t work, you can to open Run box and type regedit to the box. And then locate the key below in the Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies

solution 4

Right click the Policies and select New. Create a new Key and name it as ActiveDesktop.
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Then right click in the right side and select New -> DWORD, name it as NoChangingWallPaper.
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And right click it, change its value to 0.
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Solution Five:

If you don’t want to modify registry, you can fix your problem with Group Policy Editor. Open Run box, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
solution 5

Expand the User Configuration folder, select Administrative Templates and choose Desktop. Click Desktop and then double click Desktop Wallpaper. And check the Not Configured option.
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