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Desktop background slideshow not working properly.

  1. #1


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Desktop background slideshow not working properly.


    It seems like I have to "prime" the desktop background by manually changing the image before it will start to cycle through my extensive wallpaper folder. Otherwise, it just sits in the same picture after waking it from sleep. I am not sure about how it works after rebooting as I don't reboot hardly at all anymore.

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  2. #2


    Method 4 in the link below might work.


    Unable to change background picture in Windows 7
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Just wanted to say I've got this problem in the final version of Windows 8 Pro, and haven't tracked down the solution yet. I've checked the option in the Power Settings section and it's set to "Available", so it's not that.

    As the OP says, it works fine until the system goes into sleep mode, then it pauses the slideshow until I manually start it again or change the themes setting. Then it continues to work until the next time the system sleeps.

    This installation was an in-place upgrade from 7 and the setting always worked perfectly there.
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  4. #4


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Heh. I JUST manually changed my Desktop background image a minute before I read this post. Yes, this issue has not gone away. I created a VB Script called Desktop.
    set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WshShell.SendKeys("^ ")
    WshShell.SendKeys("+{F10}")
    WshShell.SendKeys("n")

    I double click on it to change to the next random wallpaper after I awake from sleep or I want a different image. Kludge but it works.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Actually I've got a similar problem with File History. It's all set up and working OK but after I reboot my PC it doesn't do any backups until I've manually started it once. Once I've done that once then it's all OK until my next reboot. The service is running and I can't see any reason why this would be the case. Haven't seen anyone else reporting this problem.
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Desktop background slideshow not working properly.
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