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Background Hello, My computer's display controls won't let me put a picture on my background. It will only let me put a color up there. I don't know what to do and any help would be appreciated. Thank you. -Adrien recently I have lost the picture for my desktop. All I get is a blue background. I right clicked on the blue background, then clicked properties, then clicked desktop, but the browse button is grayed out and I can't scroll down to select my background. The only thing I can do is choose a different colour. Can you help me get my picture back?

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Does thanks for trying mean it worked? its true that it may be the video card drivers, but thats only if you right click a picture and set it as a background and it still doesnt work, atleast thats a good way to check.. if not then hes right its your video card -.-

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It might be the driver for the Video card that is not installed properly. Go to Start then Settings then control panel then select the Systems icon Then go to the Hardware tab. Select the Device manager under display adapter you can click and see if the device is working properly. You can get the drivers from the motherboard manufactures website. Hope this helps. :]

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Logon Change

Enable Log-On Screen

Windows, by default, is set to show the Welcome screen during startup.

To enable the log-on screen to show, go to "Start" menu and select "Control Panel".

In the control panel, click on "User Accounts".

In the "User Accounts" dialog-box, click "Change the way users log on or off" and uncheck the "Welcome Screen" option.

Click "Apply Options" to save the changes.

Change Log-On Screen Background Color

To change the log-on screen background color, go to the "Start" menu and click on "Run".

In the run dialog-box, type "mspaint" as the name of the program to "Open".

Click on "OK". In the "Paint" window that opens, select "Colors" from the main menu and click on "Edit Colors". In the "Edit Colors" dialog-box, select "Define custom colors".

Here pick the color of your choice and note down the "Red", "Green" and "Blue" values.

Write down these values somewhere.

Click "Cancel" and close the paint window without saving. Now, go to the "Start" menu, click "Run" and enter "regedit" as the name of the program to "Open".

In the registry editor, navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\CONTROL PANEL\COLORS and double-click the "Background" string.

In the "Edit String" dialog-box that opens up, change the values in the "Value data" field to the red, green and blue color values that you wrote down (e.g. 75 78 173).

The default value will be 0 78 152. Enter the values in the correct red-green-blue order, separated by a space. Close the registry editor and log off to see the changes.

Put Image in Log-On Screen Background
To put your favorite picture in the background of the log-on screen, click "Start", then "Run", and type in "regedit". In the registry editor, navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\CONTROL PANEL\DESKTOP and double-click the string "Wallpaper". In the "Edit String" dialog-box that opens up, enter the full path and filename of the image that you want to use as the background. The image must be in .bmp format. Click "OK" and close the registry editor. Log off to see the changes. hope this helps

Oct 03, 2012 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for PC


How to Format an HP Recovery Drive

How to Format an HP Recovery DriveThe HP Recovery Drive is a partition HP puts on its hard drives for use in case the primary partition becomes corrupt or unusable. The recovery partition contains system files and the ability to boot and repair, format and reinstall the operating system if needed. For those who prefer recovery disks or who don't feel the need for the insurance of the HP Recovery drive, it can be formatted by following the steps below.

Instructions1 Open Disk Management by Right Clicking "My Computer" and selecting "Manage."
2 Click on "Storage" and "Disk Management."
3 Find the Recovery Drive partition. There are usually two partitions: the "C: partition" and the "HP_RECOVERY D: partition."

4 Right-click on "HP_RECOVERY D:" and select "Format."
5 Choose the File system and Allocation Unit Size and click "OK." The HP Recovery Drive partition will format and be available for your specified use

Tips & Warnings
Be very careful to not format the C: drive by accident.

on Dec 15, 2011 | HP Operating Systems


Applying the settings to the logon desktop

Next, you need to apply the Screensaver settings to the Logon Desktop / Welcome Screen (Technically, HKEY_USERS\.Default registry key), so that the Screensaver is invoked when no user is logged on. Copying all the Screensaver settings to the Logon Desktop (or Welcome Screen) manually is a tough task. Use Tweak UI instead.
Download and install TweakUI.
Launch TweakUI and click Logon, click Settings.
Select Screensaver from the list box and choose Copy Now
The Screensaver settings are applied to the Logon Desktop
Restart Windows for the changes to take effect
Allow few minutes at the Logon screen, to test if the Screensaver is working properly. The Screensaver should launch after the timeout. It will look as if the Company Logo moves around.
Additional Tip
The User interface / slider allows the minimum value for picture change interval to 6 seconds only. To reduce the change interval to less than 6 seconds, alter the registry value named ChangeInterval (Set decimal value 1000 for 1 Second, and so forth) in this key:
HKEY_USERS \ .DEFAULT \ Control Panel \ Screen Saver.Slideshow
For Current user profile, make the change here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Screen Saver.Slideshow

With no logon wallpaper set, Windows displays a pre-defined color for the logon desktop. ( If you have enabled Welcome Screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice to see the logon screen background color. ) To change the logon background color to that of your choice, you need to alter the registry:
Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT and press Enter
Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors
Backup the registry key by exporting to a REG file
In the right pane, double-click Background
In the Edit String dialog box, type the Color code in R G B format and then click OK.
Example: Type 0 0 0 if you want to see a Black background. You can choose any combination from 0-255
Points to ponder
If the logon Wallpaper is set, the background Color may not be visible. So, you must reset the Wallpaper value to a blank string in this key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
If the Background value is set under the following Winlogon registry key, the above setting is ignored. In other words, the Winlogon\Background value takes precedence over the .DEFAULT..\Background value.
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

on Mar 24, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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I have an Acer windows 7 laptop. bt it seems that the wall paper cannot change. i dont know if I cant change it or it cannot be changed. please help. what should I do?

To change the desktop background
  1. Open Desktop Background by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_818.jpg and clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type desktop background, and then click Change desktop background.

  2. Click the picture or color that you want to use for your desktop background.

    If the picture you want to use isn't in the list of desktop background pictures, click an item in the Picture location list to see other categories, or click Browse to search for the picture on your computer. When you find the picture that you want, double-click it. It will become your desktop background.
    8456a207-d4c8-401d-8729-c5dda3f0e72c_65.jpgLook for pictures in other locations on your computer

  3. Under Picture position, click the arrow and choose whether to crop the picture to fill the screen, fit the picture to the screen, stretch the picture to fit the screen, tile the picture, or center the picture on the screen, and then click Save changes.

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If you choose to have a fitted or centered picture as your desktop background, you can also frame your picture with a color background. Under Picture position, click Fit or Center. Click Change background color, click a color, and then click OK.
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To make any picture stored on your computer (or a picture you are currently viewing) your desktop background, right-click the picture, and then click Set as Desktop Background.
7abb27d7-2989-4144-81e3-0a51f703885d_50.jpgThe Set as Desktop Background option

You can add more desktop backgrounds to your collection from the Personalization Gallery on the Windows website.

Aug 31, 2011 | Acer Operating Systems

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I have a Compaq Presari CQ56. I want to set a background picture. the system said that i can't. please help. thanks Vijay

Hi, Click Start, click Control Panel, click Display and click desktop background and choose which background you want. Get back to us if this information help you answer and solve the problem.

Jul 07, 2011 | Operating Systems

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I cant set a photo to my desktop

  1. Find a photo you'd like to use as your computer's wallpaper. (The wallpaper is the background you see on the main screen where your icons are). You can use any photo you have saved or downloaded in your photo folder.

  2. Open your "MY PICTURES" (or wherever you have your photos stored) and find the picture you want to use.
  3. Right click on your chosen photo and then select "Set as Desktop Background" from the pop up menu. This should automatically change your desktop wallpaper to your photo.
  4. Customize the look of the photo by going into your Control Panel and then Appearance & Themes, followed by Change the Desktop Background.
  5. Choose how you want the photo displayed. You can either tile the photo, which means it will repeat the same photo several times. You can Center the photo which will have the photo appear only one time in the center of your screen. You can then also change the border color to compliment your picture. If you select the stretch option it will stretch the photo to cover your entire screen

May 19, 2011 | Microsoft Operating Systems

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Windows picture not showing up

Open Display in Control Panel.

On the Desktop tab, do one or more of the following:

Click a picture in the Background list. In Position, click Center, Tile, or Stretch.

Click Browse to search for a background picture in other folders or on other drives. You can use files with the following extensions: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .dib, .png, .htm. In Position, click Center, Tile, or Stretch.
• Select a color from Desktop color. The color fills the space not used by a picture.

Mar 02, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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How to Add a Background Picture to a Microsoft Word Document 2007

t is easy to add a background picture by using the Watermark feature. First, you will click on “Page Layout”. In that menu bar (or ribbon), click on “Watermark”. A window menu will open. At the bottom of that window menu, click on “Custom Watermark”.
In the new menu that opens, check “Picture Watermark”, then “Select Picture” to find an image file on your computer to use. You have the option to have the picture look faded, as a watermark, or displayed in its full color. Check “Washout” for the faded option, or uncheck, to view the background picture in its full glory.
You will then need to choose the size of your background picture, by selecting one of the options under “Scale”.
To remove the watermark, simply click “Watermark”, and choose the “Remove Watermark” option.
Even if you don’t choose the “Washout” option, the background image will appear faded while you are working on your page. But, if you view the page through “Page Preview”, you can see how the background will look when printed.
To get to the "Page Preview" command, click on the button.jpgOffice Button on the upper left hand corner of the Word 2007 screen. Move your cursor over the "Print" option, and another menu will open to its right. On that menu, click "Print Preview".

Jul 21, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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I can not post a picture to my desktop background. It registers on the "screen" in the display area but not on my computer screen. I just get the blue background. Help

Just transfer the picture by what ever medium into computer then right click and select "SET AS DESKTOP BACKGROUND" after selecting check u will get it on the desktop or not, if not then let me know

Oct 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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After a cleaning operation due to a virus attack I have a problem with setting the background image on the desktop. The box to select the image (in personal settings) just displays colors to choose, but...

First follow this

Do the following
go to Control panel
then Ease of Access
then Ease of Access Center
then Make the computer easiler to use
untick the option "Remove background images

if it doesn't work follow this

Go to registry and check if there are any entries under these two location if so delete them

Warning: Be careful while editing the registry for you may crash ur operating system if you do something wrong

Sep 27, 2009 | Microsoft Windows? Vista Home Premium...

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