How to Fix Desktop Wallpaper Problems

Why Can't I Change My Desktop Wallpaper?
If you have tried to change your wallpaper on your Windows desktop and it won't change, there is generally two reasons:  an active desktop issue or a registry issue.

Active Desktop allows you to add interactive features to your normal desktop wallpaper. You can set a web page for instance to be your desktop background. However, many times active desktop will cause problems with changing your background wallpaper and other issues.

If active desktop is already turned off, then the problem is generally a windows registry issue usually caused by spyware or adware. 

Is Active Desktop Turned Off?

The inability to change your desktop wallpaper or background, can many times be traced to Active Desktop. Follow the steps below to remove any web objects from displaying on your background.

1) Click on Start, Control Panel
2) Double-click on Display
3) Click on the Desktop tab
4) Click on the Customize Desktop button
5) Click on the Web tab
6) Uncheck any items listed under Web pages
7) Click Ok and then click Ok one more time to close the window.

Your Active Desktop wallpaper should be removed, now try to change your background wallpaper. If you still can't change your wallpaper background, proceed to the next section.

Fix Registry Entry

Sometimes a piece of spyware or adware can change your wallpaper background and won't let you change it back. Generally if you go into the Display Settings and Click on the Desktop tab, the options for changing the background will be disabled or greyed out.  Removing the following entry from the registry usually fixes this problem.

1) Click on Start, Run
2) Type REGEDIT and Press Enter
3) Click the plus signs(+) next to the following sections of the registry

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  • Software
  • Microsoft
  • Windows
  • CurrentVersion
  • Policies
  • System
4) Look for the WALLPAPER key on the right hand side
5) Right-click and Delete this entry
6) Close the Registry Editor


Now try to change the desktop background. In most cases this will solve the problem. 

 

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