Tech Tip of the Week: Change Your Wallpaper on Windows 7 Starter

By on March 24, 2010, 11:56 PM
Few people would argue that Windows 7 is a great step forward for the platform -- but those folks probably don't use the Starter edition. Anyone who is stuck with it will know that this entry-level variant of Microsoft's operating system is swathed in red tape, and is a real bummer to use beyond browsing the Web or checking your email.

Aimed at netbooks and other proprietary systems, it's the most diluted version of Windows 7 with many basic features missing. Among them are the Aero Glass interface, fast user switching, DVD playback, multi-display support, as well as personalization options, such as the ability to change desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.

Most of the excluded features won't really hinder the use of a netbook. After all, few ship with DVD drives or have multiple users anyway, but staring at a bright blue Windows logo for the lifespan of your system is torture. Hell, even Windows 3.1 lets you set a desktop background, and thanks to a number of free utilities, so will Windows 7 Starter.

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Guest said:

I use that wallpaper

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can you please share that wallpaper or point me to a location where I can find it, I really would like to add it to my wallpaper collection.

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

I've uploaded the complete wallpaper here for anyone that might want it: [link]

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Thank you very much Mathew.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Good tip. I put a link to this on my site. That said, I never changed the default desktop background on my Fujitsu P1510D.

megrawab said:

nice wp... whats the size of the file that contains the wallpaper?

ozworth said:

I can understand the red tape but not letting you change the wallpaper is mean and tight ass to all the people who have purchased a netbook with this installed.What kind of person makes these decisions?

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A marketing person, probably.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

I hate the fact that starter edition even exists...

Guest said:

I found a very easy way to change the wallpaper in 7 Starter. Install Opera web browser. Open the image you want to load within Opera, not a image viewer or editor, Opera itself. Then right click the image and choose "Use Image on Desktop". It's that simple.


Guest said:

Where do i go to download a free application to get a program on my windows & netbook computer to put my own wallpaper pictures on?

Guest said:

Downloaded Opera to try this feature and it did not work.

Guest said:

I tried the Oceanis app, but it didn't work on my netbook. Then I found this:

Starter Background Changer


I've been using it for months. It's simpler than the Oceanis app, too. It doesn't keep running in the background, and it doesn't use up all that RAM... It just lets you choose a desktop picture, and changes to it. Period. Works great!

Guest said:

This is really giving me a hard time trying to get a wallpaper on my desktop ive tried so many things i dont know what else to do...........

Guest said:

it worked to me..THANK YOU!! :)

Guest said:

Worked great! Totally easy to install and work with. Only issue was that when I went to restart, AVG caught some malware. Grrrr...

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This was shocking from Microsoft. Not even giving you the option to change your wallpaper was just crazy.

Guest said:

i just want to know how to change the boot up screen image.....????

Guest said:

Just installed the Oceanis app on my daughter's notebook (HP mini). Very easy to install and works fine. She can now set her own wallpaper. many thanks.

Guest said:

i just wanted to give a quick THANKYOU i have been feeling really 'blue' latley and now i have a real back ground .thanks again :)

Guest said:

It works great! Very easy to install and use.

Turned my laptop on and off a few times to check and my wallpaper is still here! (Previous bad experience with Starter Background Changer, if you're hesitating between the 2 as Oceanis and SBC are the main programs suggested around, DO NOT get SBC! It deleted all my files and folders on my desktop, all my shortcuts and some important work documents are completely gone!)

Thanks for finally sorting out this Windows 7 Started mess! Can't believe they don't offer you the option of changing your wallpaper in the first place!!

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