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I need help dearly.

Hi I have a windows XP, and I want to change my background, but my desktop manager is only letting me change the color, only option. My buddy worked on it awhile ago to try to make my computer run better, now I don't know what settings he deleted, but I need help to get them back so I can change my background. Please help.

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Re: I need help dearly.

I suggest go to contact a guy named "CamTheMan".

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Background change color

Right click on the desktop, go to the display settings and click for the background color in the settings.
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Apr 30, 2013 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


How to improve Windows XP performance in 6 short steps?

Though the computers of today are strong enough to handle and run Windows XP, with all the visual enhancements enabled, some old computers, or systems with low amount of physical memory and/or a "weak" graphic cards could (and would) run more smoothly with those "cosmetic visual enhancements" disabled.

The default setting is to let Windows choose what's best for your computer, but in 90% of the time, "helping" it a little will surely improve your computer performance!

To disable those visual enhancements, all you have to do is follow the following 6 short steps:
  1. Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Click Settings, under Performance section.
  4. Choose Adjust for best performance.
  5. If you would like to keep the "Windows XP Style" (as oppose to "Windows Classic" = Windows 98/Windows 2000 style), you will need to re-tick the 2 last options (Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop and Use visual styles on Windows and buttons). This will keep the nice graphical interface and will preserve Windows XP "fancy look".
  6. Click OK on Performance Options window, then click OK once again, to close System Properties.
  • You can always turn the visual enhancements on by repeating steps 1-4 and choosing Let Windows choose what's best for my computer.
  • To make ALL visual enhancements on, choose Adjust for best appearance instead.
Note: Changes take effect immediately, no reboot required.

Another side-issue regarding visual styles is the wallpaper, or Desktop Background.
Having no background (a solid color. Select None in the background's settings under Desktop tab in Display Properties) will demand less resources from the computer and increase response time when showing the Desktop. On the other hand, having a large-size (both in scale and in file size) photo will need more resources (especially memory) to rescale and view/reload it, every time the Desktop is shown.

on Mar 06, 2010 | Operating Systems

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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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How can i change my desktop background? Im using Window Starter works with Window Vista

Hi, unfortunately windows 7 starter is a version with lowered capabilities as to be lighter on weaker computers. So, they Windows removed some functions from this version.
Windows 7 Starter does not include:
  • Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the "Windows Basic" or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
  • Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
  • The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • DVD playback.
  • Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
  • Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
  • Domain support for business customers.
  • XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
In order to try and change the background there have been some workarounds, but i do not recommend any of them for they are faulty...

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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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How can i get this genuine microsoft logo on my

This logo appears when the Microsoft OS installed on your computer has not been properly activated with a product key. This prevents Microsoft XP and Vista from installing Windows Updates like security patches and upgrades to Windows software.

You can find out more about the Windows Genuine Advantage program here.

If you think you have a valid copy of XP or Vista installed, call Microsoft tech support. Be prepared to provide the license key. If you PC was purchased as a package deal with XP or Vista installed, the key will be on a sticker on the side or back of your PC. If you XP or Vista was installed after purchase, the license key is stickered to the packaging the OS came in.

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my copy of windows did not pass genuine windows validation I am getting information about you may be a victim of software counterfeiting and desktop background color appears black? help me out.

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Windows xp desktop icon background

- Select "System" from the control panel list
- Choose the Advanced tab
- Click "Settings" in the "Performance" section
- Check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop"
- Click OK

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Desktop Background problem in Vista Ultimate

U can browse your any picture that you wish to be background by selecting it and right clcik then use as use as background to desktop (something like that) some tips and details on changing the back ground is here:

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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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