Fix: Desktop Background Resets to “Solid color”

When you access Personalize in Settings and set the background to “Picture”, it immediately reverts to “Solid color”. Let’s see how to fix this issue.

Fix: Desktop Background Resets to “Solid color”

To resolve the issue, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Delete the TranscodedWallpaper file

Open the following folder using File Explorer

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes

Rename or delete the file named TranscodedWallpaper.

See if you can select the “Picture” option in Personalize – Background settings.

If that doesn’t help, follow the next step.


Step 2: Turn off the syncing of Themes

Turn off the syncing of personalization settings, especially if your desktop background resets to “Solid color” across your Windows devices.

Open Settings, and click Accounts.



Click Windows Backup

Turn off “Personalization”.

personalization settings sync options

You should now be able to select the Picture option in the Background settings.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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