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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 it's not possible to choose a picture. If you try to do that, your pictures aren't shown, but just a grey square is shown as the pointer of the mouse is a that pictureframe. If I select it anayway to be the background (I'm sure it must be the picture I want) nothinhg happens to the background. Do you know what the cause of this problem is?

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  • guusharten Sep 27, 2009

    Thanks for the help.
    I've tried all that, but to no avail. I still only get grey squares.

  • guusharten Sep 27, 2009

    Well, trying that comes my second problem, and probably related. My picturs aren't shown in the folder (same grey square) in large icons mode. If I change that in normal icons, they're shown. If I choose it to set as a background, a solid green color appears on the desktop. If I try the same using Picasa instead of out of the folder itself, the picture appears as background! But if I want to change it again, the same grey squares appear again. There's something wrong with displaying large icons, I guess, since the personalisation of the background is also in large icons. How can Picasa solve the problem and I (Vista) can't?

  • guusharten Sep 27, 2009

    Could it be a problem with the Microsoft Office Picture manager? If I change - in the settings of the picture - to view it in the Picasa viewer, the picture is shown.

  • guusharten Sep 27, 2009

    Could it be a problem with the Microsoft Office Picture manager? If I change - in the settings of the picture - to view it in the Picasa viewer, the picture is shown.

  • guusharten Sep 27, 2009

    Uhm, I guess that solution is out of my league. How do I save the dll and where do I get a new one, and how do I install it?

  • guusharten Sep 27, 2009

    Uhm, I guess that solution is out of my league. How do I save the dll and where do I get a new one, and how do I install it?

  • guusharten Sep 28, 2009

    Tried all that, fixed, cleaned, scanned, repaired. All to no avail, sorry.


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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

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  • your gdi32.dll must be corrupted. You can find it in System32 folder. Download a fresh copy and replace. Make sure u have a backup of the existing gdi32.dll

  • Download yamicsoft Windows Vista Manger and goto the repair center. It will help you fix the system files

  • Well you have mentioned that your background appears properly if you set it from picasa. Try repairing your office installation and let me know if its working ....


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Dear Sir,

I think your virus problem has not cleared successfully by your Anti Virus go to and download the Quick Heal Anti Virus as per your requirement and scan the system and use hijack restore to set your problem cleared
bye bye

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Erm for backgrounds on vista right click on the picture and click set as background...
Or right click on desktop and click personalize... then desktop background.

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