You CAN change the wallpaper for Windows 7 starter edition!!!

This is the step by step way to change the wallpaper for windows 7 starter. Was windows really stupid enough to believe that no one was ever going to figure this out!!

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Step by Step:
1. Open regedit (aka registry editor; you can access it from the star menu by typing “regedit” in the search box…)
2. Go to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\” folder and click on it
3. On the right hand side find there are a bunch of entries. Find the key named “wallpaper” and double click on it and put the path of the picture you want as your new wallpaper (example path is “C:\Users\Bob\Pictures\new_wallpaper.jpg”)
4. Right-click on the “Desktop” folder in regedit that you found in step 2 and click Permissions.
5. Click “Advanced”
6. Go to “Owner” tab, highlight your name in the box that says ‘Change owner to’ ( There are only two choices the other is Administrator )… once your user name is highlighted click “OK”
7. Click on “Advanced” again
8. Uncheck the button that reads “Include inheritable permissions from the object’s parent”… click “Remove” when prompted
9. Click “Add”
10. Type “Everyone” and click “OK”
11. Check Allow “Read Control” and click “OK”
12. Click “OK” again
13. Highlight “Everyone” and check to Allow “Read” and click “OK”
14. Restart Computer and enjoy new Wallpaper

 

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Last updated October 30, 2018 Views 98,968 Applies to:
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Hi all,

A *much* easier way is to download Oceanis. Many visitors to this forum with this problem have been extremely happy with this workaround. There's also an desktop slideshow (shuffle) available. It's a snip to download, it's safe and it's free. You can get it here:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/47294-desktop-background-change-windows-7-starter.html

All the best,

Sharon

 


Sharon Roffey
Queensland, Australia
Sharon Roffey
Queensland, Australia

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As Microsoft says this:

Note

Windows 7 Starter edition comes with one desktop background, which can't be changed or customized.

In the URL: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Personalize-your-computer

So, if you really do not want to screw up your OS, do not attempt such hack.

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