Windows XP Home Ed. Desktop Background

By richc1865
Dec 1, 2009
  1. I had to reinstall windows on my PC when it *&%# on me.
    Since then I haven't been able to keep a picture on my desktop; it go back to the color.
    I'll go into desktop tab in display properties change the color, apply it, change the picture, apply it, change the picture to what I want and apply it.
    It will stay until I start something major, like SQL server, or I hibernate, and come back up.
    Then the color will show as the background.
    Also, I added a new user, and the background works OK for them.
    Anyone have any ideas what's wrong?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    Are you running an Administrator account?

    A clean reinstall of Windows, should not do this, unless you have a Hard Drive or Ram fault
    You can run a Memtest scan by reading HERE

    Note: "Clean" install of Windows is done by removing the partition during install
    Here's a guide (with large pics) on that:

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition)

    * Warning deleting the Partition will remove all User data and Windows system files
  3. richc1865

    richc1865 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No I did not do a clean install, I had no spare hard drive to back up my files.
    Thanks for the link on the clean install.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    If a Repair has come out with faults, then it may be best to buy some writable discs or just get a USB flash drive or USB external Hard Drive.
    Then backup all your data, and install clean.

    Before returning your data, make sure you have an updated Antivirus software installed.
    I prefer Free Avira Antivirus
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