Dads computer can't change desktop wallpapers

By leadpill924
Oct 8, 2007
  1. My dad's computer has had a problem for over a year now where you can't change the desktop wallpaper. I somehow managed to change it from plain black to a picture of my dog. I don't know why this is but you just can't click to change it. If you have any ideas why it doesn't work just tell me please.

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  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    I have no idea why this would happen to you, but there are a couple of different ways to disable/enable changing your background. Maybe this setting has been changed, somehow?

    1. Start > Run > type regedit and hit [enter]
    2. Browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
    3. In right right window pane, double click on the value named "NoChangingWallpaper"
    4. Changes its value to 0
    5. Collapse the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key and go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
    6. Change its value to 0 also

    Alternatively, you can also use the gpedit configuration utility (Start > Run > gpedit.msc ). In the 'User Configuration' section, browse to Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display and change the value of an option named "Prevent changing background" (something like that, at least) to false.
  3. leadpill924

    leadpill924 Banned Topic Starter Posts: 119

    Alright thanks man I'll try this next time I go to my dad's house.
  4. leadpill924

    leadpill924 Banned Topic Starter Posts: 119

    There is no key that is called Active Desktop
  5. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    The Smitfraud Virus will disable Wallpaper - have you checked for Malware?
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