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Cannot Change wallpaper / themes In Windows 8 PRO

  1. #1


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Cannot Change wallpaper / themes In Windows 8 PRO


    Cant see this mentioned here on Windows 8 Pro RTM version ?
    Alternative Themes /wallpaper accessible but cannot be changed due to screen lock .

    Seems to be no update to adjust this .

    Did not happen on pre release versions of Windows 8.
    Any ideas, please ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tweakfiend,

    Could you post a screenshot showing this to see if it may reveal what the issue could be?

    I'm not certain what you mean by "due to screen lock".
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  3. #3


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Hi
    Difficult to produce a screen print...........
    With ref to the "Harmony" desktop background, on selecting a change of wallpaper or desktop theme, Windows will show the changed selection for 0.5 seconds then reset to "Harmony"
    Had no issue with previous earlier versions of 8 and used many different wallpapers /themes.
    Have reinstalled Windows 8 Pro 4 times in caser its my fault... no change
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Where did you get your copy of Windows 8 Pro from? Perhaps it may be corrupted and need a new copy since this still happens after a clean install.

    Are you clicking on the Save changes button after selecting a wallpaper for the desktop?


    Desktop Background - Change in Windows 8
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  5. #5


    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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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Tweakfriend,

    If your Windows 8 is not activated like how Chris post above, then you could just change the product key number to enter the key number for your Windows 8 to have it activated afterwards without having to reinstall.

    Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Windows 8 pro upgrade purchased from Microsoftas a download .. saved as an ISO and used that to install to Oracle Virtual Box
    Shows reg key as invalid on activation attempt. presume as installed inside Windows 7 not as 7 upgade.

    This invalid key, although the reg key recognised & approved during installation , disallows Windows media center registration and other updates so maybe causes this corruption ??
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Tweakfiend View Post
    .install to Oracle Virtual Box.......
    Shows reg key as invalid on activation attempt. presume as installed inside Windows 7 not as 7 upgade.

    another case of not respecting the EULA. ...this is for replace your Windows 7, not for use as an extra OS in VM.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Tweakfiend,

    You're going to either need to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 8 replacing Windows 7 as in the EULA that you agreed to, or buy a retail system builder (full) copy of Windows 8 to use in the VM.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    What about upgrading the software?

    The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    See my thread on the exact subject, recently moved to this forum. You can get it activated but that doesn't fix the desktop/theme problem:

    Unable to change desktop wallpaper or select a theme



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