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I go to change diplay pictures but when i try to uncheck {show my pictures} it wont let me it doesnt allow me access to do so

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  • shakap Oct 14, 2008

    it still says this file you selected is not a valid image file please choose another file but i did it before like this

  • Gromley May 11, 2010

    i'm not sure if your talking about you wallpaper or if your talking abiout your picture on a profile in a program could you give me more informations please.


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I'm assuming your are reffering to this screen:


you may not have priviledges to change the picture...
try the following:
1. are you logged in as an administrator?.. try to log into your computer as an administrator and try again
2. exit the msn messenger by right clicking on the icon on the system tray and selecting exit, then execute msn messenger again by right clicking on the msn messenger icon and selecting 'run as' then provide an administrator and their password account credentials and try to change the picture.
3. Reinstall last version of msn messenger.

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    Francisco Cortes Oct 14, 2008

    image files may have different formats.. some of those formats may be supported while other may not. on the same token to use an image on internet there are certain rules for image size (megabytes) that you may need to obey.

    check what other image file you can put up there. and then compare that image that works with the one that you want to use and that the you're not been allowed. things to compare are

    1. the extension: this is the last 3 letter of the name of the image. like image1.gif or image2.jpg, gif and jpg are extensions, check you're not trying to use an extension that is associated with propriatery type of image specifically associated with a specialized program (for instance a coreldraw type of image application)

    2. size: the bigger the image the unlikely it will be for the messenger to take it in. go for images that are less that 1 megabyte in size. you can possibly rezise the actual dimension of your image and then save it with a different name and hopefully that will save some megabytes that could make the image usuable. you can also try to change the format to something with less colors (you do that by saving the image by going to in save as... and choosing another format) that will decrease the size of the image file, too. Remember to save the changes to the image with a different name so you don't sacrifice the main image while you're making changes on it.


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