My desktop images no longer work

A couple of weeks ago my PSU fried itself to death (short circuit caused by a backed out pin on a molex connector) and in the process managed to corrupt a couple of drives.


That is all fixed now and I'm up and running but it's left me with one odd problem....


My desktop background images have stopped working. I had a Bing RSS feed desktop theme and although the theme settings are still working (including the RSS themeserver feed itself) the images just don't appear. I just get a blank screen.


Here are the things I've tried already (several times) and the results

  • Select a new picture theme - the window borders change colour but the background stays black
  • Select a plain colour or high contrast theme - this works, the desktop background changes colour
  • Download a new theme from Microsoft - The theme installs but the images do not appear
  • Right-click a jpg stored on my hard drive and select "set as background" - the image doesn't appear

I have checked the Ease of Access Centre and the "Remove Background Images" option is unticked (I've even tried ticking it then unticking it again but it made no difference)


It seems to me that some piece of code somewhere in the system is corrupt but short of a full re-install I can't think what to do about it....


Any ideas?


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Last updated February 27, 2018 Views 206 Applies to:



Thank you for posting the question on Microsoft Community.


As per the description provided, it looks like the desktop images cannot be changed in Windows 7.


I have a couple of steps which should assist you to fix the issue with the image changes.


Method 1:


Try these steps and check:


Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


a. Press the Win + r key on the keyboard.


b. Type regedit and navigate to the following key:




c. Then right click on Policies > Select New >Select KEY > name it as “ActiveDesktop”.


d. Next in the Right Side, right click >Select New >Select DWORD > name it as “NoChangingWallPaper” .


e. The DWORD value 1 will restrict change in desktop wallpaper. To allow change give it value as 0.


f. Reboot the computer.


Method 2:


If it still doesnt work, maybe the TranscodedWallpaper.jpg file has become corrupted.


a. Open Windows explorer and type the following in the adress bar and hit Enter:




b. Here, rename TranscodedWallpaper.jpg to TranscodedWallpaper.old.


c. Next, double-click slideshow.ini file to open it with Notepad. Empty its contents.


d. That is, select all the text and delete it. Save the changes. Close explorer windows.


Hope this helps. If you have any more queries related to Windows feel free to post here at Microsoft Community and we will be glad to assist.


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