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Unable to change desktop wallpaper or select a theme

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Unable to change desktop wallpaper or select a theme


    Windows 8 pro upgrade, clean install.

    My desktop is stuck on a flower with a sky blue background and I'm unable to change it. I've searched online for ideas, tried everything I've found but nothing has yet allowed me to change it.
    When I try either selecting another wallpaper or scene, nothing changes when I select "apply".
    Even if I select a picture, r click and select it as making it my desktop, still won't change.

    Not sure if it matters but this is on an older Dell Vostro 1000 and the max resolution is 1024x768 so can't go "high contrast" with it.

    Any ideas?
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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bits and Fedora 17


    Same here. Windows 8 Pro upgrade, clean install. Exact same problem. Different screen res though - 1366 x 768.

    Every time I change a theme or save a new one, in less than a second it gets back to "Unsaved theme". Any changes to the unsaved theme simply won't take effect. I've heard some people had the same issue with Win7, but it never happened to me. I wonder if it is happening to a lot of people. I'll keep trying and if I find anything I'll post the solution.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    I was really hoping that Windows 8 wouldn't suck, but sadly...
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  4. #4


    United States
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I did a clean install with the Windows 8 Upgrade too. I had the same experience with the themes not working. When I checked in the Computer Properties Windows 8 was not activated. When I attempted to activate it told me the Key was invalid.

    Soooooooooooo...

    I did a clean install of Windows 7 and then ran the upgrade. Windows 8 was activated automatically and everything worked fine then.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Interesting. As for making it activated w/o re-doing your old OS, I found this trick and it worked. My PC says it's activated now (didn't before I did what's below):

    Windows 8 Upgrade: clean install possible?

    Have to be logged in as administrator but I found that answer, was easy.
    How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8


    Activate Windows 8 Pro Upgrade

    Windows 8 users who noticed that the operating system canít be activated after the installation may want to try the following workaround that worked to activate when installing Windows 7 using an upgrade on a clean PC.

    • Open regedit by pressing Windows-q, entering regedit and selecting the result from the list of hits.
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
    • Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0
    • Go back to the start screen and enter cmd there.
    • Right-click Command Prompt and select to run it as administrator.
    • Type slmgr /rearm on the command line and hit enter.
    • Reboot Windows now.
    • Run the activation utility afterwards, enter your product key to activate Windows.

    Iím interested in your Windows 8 installation experience. How did you install the operating system and what was your experience? Did you run into any issues?



    Maybe we should try contacting that guy and tell him about the wallpaper/theme issue?

    I left a comment there (OK, 2 because I didn't see the first one, LOL).
    Last edited by Oaks56; 28 Oct 2012 at 06:10 PM.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bits and Fedora 17


    Quote Originally Posted by Oaks56 View Post
    Interesting. As for making it activated w/o re-doing your old OS, I found this trick and it worked. My PC says it's activated now (didn't before I did what's below):

    Windows 8 Upgrade: clean install possible?

    Have to be logged in as administrator but I found that answer, was easy.
    How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8


    Activate Windows 8 Pro Upgrade

    Windows 8 users who noticed that the operating system can’t be activated after the installation may want to try the following workaround that worked to activate when installing Windows 7 using an upgrade on a clean PC.

    • Open regedit by pressing Windows-q, entering regedit and selecting the result from the list of hits.
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
    • Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0
    • Go back to the start screen and enter cmd there.
    • Right-click Command Prompt and select to run it as administrator.
    • Type slmgr /rearm on the command line and hit enter.
    • Reboot Windows now.
    • Run the activation utility afterwards, enter your product key to activate Windows.
    When I first installed Windows 8 it wasn't properly activated. It worked, but I couldn't configure it. I tried to contact Microsoft, but it was useless.

    I found the instructions you posted here. Windows stopped asking for a key, but still I couldn't configure my desktop (This was when I found this thread and replied).

    I just took my Windows 8 installation CD, ran a system recovery (or whatever it is called in English, my Windows is in Portuguese), and... IT WORKED PERFECTLY.

    So.. try your installation CD option to repair Windows. It worked for me, BUT it will remove all your data.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I just took my Windows 8 installation CD
    This is the upgrade version burned onto a DVD (or USB jump drive) for $40? I assume you mean doing a repair installation off that?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Update: Today it's working! Can change wallpaper and themes too and I didn't do anything. Go figure? Maybe it just takes some time after being activated?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bits and Fedora 17


    Quote Originally Posted by Oaks56 View Post
    I just took my Windows 8 installation CD
    This is the upgrade version burned onto a DVD (or USB jump drive) for $40? I assume you mean doing a repair installation off that?
    Yes, the upgrade version burned to a DVD.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Hi
    Im Tweakfiend
    Who posted the wallpaper / theme reset error
    Tried Oaks 56 reg reset method
    Reg screens says " you have successfully set your registration" then shows error message on pressing ok to exit
    Will this now reset in a day or 2 or has it failed ??
    So.....
    I had installed with 8 Upgrade Pro from scratch with clean installation on Oracle Virtual Box
    Last edited by Tweakfiend; 29 Oct 2012 at 06:14 PM.
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