Cannot Change the Desktop Wallpaper – Fix

Q: My desktop has a black background. Whenever i go to Desktop Properties, it won’t let me change any of my backgrounds. I’m able to select the images, but the background never changed. I rather just have it back to the Vista background.

To restore the ability to change the desktop Wallpaper in your system, download the file wallpaper_enable.reg for Windows 2000/XP/Vista systems, and save the file to your Desktop. Right-click wallpaper_enable.reg and choose Merge to apply the settings.

The REG file removes the Wallpaper Policy setting from the following registry locations

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ System

Windows Vista specific setting

Click Start, Control Panel, Ease of Access, Ease of Access Center.

Under Make things on the screen easier to see, deselect the option:

Remove background images (where available).

Select Save.

You should be able to change the desktop background now.

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  1. Mary
    said this on Monday, February 25th 2013 4:51 am

    thank you soooooo much! i’ve been trying to figure this out for so long.

  2. jeremy
    said this on Friday, August 26th 2011 11:20 am

    very cooool!!
    It worked perfectly..

  3. Z
    said this on Thursday, March 31st 2011 12:41 pm

    Awesome, thank so much!!

  4. Jon
    said this on Friday, January 21st 2011 4:25 pm

    Thanks so much! Been trying for ages!

  5. John
    said this on Tuesday, March 30th 2010 9:30 pm

    Yaay it worked!!! Thanks sooooooo much!

  6. said this on Monday, March 15th 2010 1:53 pm

    this is awesome. thank you for the post, it saved my life!

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