Simple Fix: "My wallpaper in Windows 7 won't change"

Simple Fix: “My wallpaper in Windows 7 won’t change”

At some point about a month or so ago my desktop wallpaper became stuck. Nothing I did would make it change. I could change the theme through the Personalization area of Windows 7 but everything else would change except for the wallpaper.

I didn’t really notice the problem at first but then about a week ago I installed a really nice Captain American theme but the wallpaper didn’t change, which really irritated me but since I was on a timetable to get some stuff done I didn’t have much of a chance to dig into the problem.

When I did find some time and did some searching on the web for a solution all I got was a bunch of useless results (who said search was the greatest thing since sliced bread is an idiot); but yesterday I did manage to find a solution and a pretty simple one at that.

Now let me qualify this info by saying that this worked for me so your mileage may very but if you are having the same problem this possible solution won’t hurt anything if it doesn’t work.

So here are the steps to follow

  1. Open Explorer
  2. type in this path in the address bar %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\
  3. When you open up that folder you will see two files: slideshow.ini and TranscodedWallpaper.jpg – delete them both
  4. Reboot your computer
  5. right-click on the desktop and select the Personalization menu item
  6. select the theme you want

And that is it.

Like I said, this worked for me and chances are it will work for you as well.