- Moved by David WoltersModerator Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:48 PM Moving to a more appropriate forum
My Windows 8 is already activated with a key... I can change colors and backgrounds on the Start screen, also the lock screen, but I cannot select an specific theme for my desktop yet. I can see that some change happens, because the window bars change colors, but the background doesn't. I do even hear an alert sound whenever I click on a theme, like it happened in Windows 7, but the background remains the same.
- Edited by MauAntunez Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:28 PM
- Marked as answer by Leo HuangMicrosoft contingent staff, Moderator Monday, January 21, 2013 1:41 AM
I am not sure if this will help, but it solved the problem that I had, which I think it was similar to yours.
Go to Start screen and type "Ease of Access Center". Then (from the three sections that appear below the search box that you've just filled) choose settings. On your left you will then have the "Ease of Access Center" "shortcut". Choose it.
Then, at that window choose the link "Make the computer easier to use".
Then uncheck the "Remove background images (where available)" (if it is checked, of course!) and scroll to the bottom of the page, hit the "Apply" button and finally, the "Ok" button.
Check if that solved the problem.
If the "Remove background images (where available)" setting wasn't checked in the first place, then my problem was different from yours and I apologise for giving inaccurate info..
- Proposed as answer by wmriester Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:35 PM
OK I have had this problem and did what is sensible and contacted Microsoft by phone directly and got great support and the problem was solved for me.
go to settings and touch or click 'search'
now touch or click 'settings'
then in the input box
type 'ease' without the quotes
this will bring up search options for you.
from the list select EASE OF ACCESS CENTER
this will open a dialogue on the desktop
in this dialogue select MAKE THE COMPUTER EASIER TO SEE
WHEN THIS FORM OPENS, UN-SELECT EVERYTHING.
then click or touch OK.
This should fix the problem.
The fix was supplied to me by Microsoft who are ready to help
my advice after having this problem for a few weeks and trying to get a solution here, is.....
Call Microsoft first.
by the way... I am a Mac user so have no axe to grind here just trying to help others with a problem.
- Proposed as answer by skypilot1947 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 2:33 PM
I've tried switching to two other accounts - a different domain account (yes, my machine is domain joined, but desktop background is not set through GPO), and another microsoft-account. Neither works.
Also tried using a synced theme, hoping that setting the desktop background on a different win8.1 machine would trigger the background when syncing, but no such luck.
It worked on Win 8.1
Thank god for this guy! lol I've been searching the web for hours trying to figure out why my Desktop background WOULDN'T change! -_-
Then finally i saw this...and read it...and WHATYA KNOW! It works now :)
Thank you soooooo much i though i had a virus or something and it was pissin me off lol
Do what this guy says ^ (if you have windows 8) and you'll be able to have a new background hahaha
I cant get over how stupid that was.... i didn't even know there was a check-mark that was for disabling the background...idk why i checked it in the first place and idk why they'd even have that ok done ranting ty.
hey i faced the same problem but i resolved the problem with the help of this link
This works!!!! Hard to believe and how the settings got the way did is beyond me, but this worked for me.... solution by gpjma
- Edited by skypilot1947 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 2:34 PM