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Desktop background image disappeared

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    Desktop background image disappeared


    All of sudden my wifes desktop background disappeared and it became solid black.
    1. The chosen image still appears on the desktop tile tho the actual desktop is solid black
    2. Solid black can be changed to a different color
    3. Attempts to change image only affects the desktop tile on start screen

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Post a screenshot for getting quicker help.
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    Desktop tile on start screen
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    Actual desktop because no image appears (can change to different solid color)
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    image that should appear on desktop
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK.

    Can you locate the picture & right click it & choose set as desktop background?

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    tried that and it has no different effect
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ron,

    The two items below are the most common reasons for this that may help.

    Double check to make sure that the Windows is activated on the PC.


    Next, double check to make sure that it's set to show the image for backgrounds instead of a solid color.

    Background - Show Image or Solid Color in Windows 8 or 8.1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. #7


    Thank you Shawn.
    It was the 2nd option of unchecking Remove image ...
    Thank you again.
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Perfect.
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