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#840124 - 10/04/12 12:18 AM Missing Wallpapers
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Help !! eek

I am running WinXP Home and have a nice big collection of wallpapers .. in fact the whole contents of "My Pictures" (which is in the "My Documents" folder).

When I want to change from one wallpaper to the other, I usually just R Click on an empty Desktop space to select "Properties" then next select "Desktop" - from where I can scroll through the lot of them to choose which one I want to be my current wallpaper.

However, when I just went to do that and selected "Desktop" there was only one picture there !! woozy

Can anyone tell me how to get them all back, please ??

[They are all still there in "My Pictures".]

Thanks.

Mad smile
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#840126 - 10/04/12 12:39 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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I haven't used XP in so many years, I've forgotten how to do this. In the meantime, why don't you go to My Pictures, find the wallpaper you want, right click on it and choose "set as desktop background?"
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#840128 - 10/04/12 12:53 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Draclvr]
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Hi Draclvr smile

Thanks, but "set as desktop background" doesn't come up as an option if I right click on any of my pictures.

It's a mystery. Everything was normal yesterday !!

Cheers.

Mad duh
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#840136 - 10/04/12 01:19 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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Oh, dear! I have no idea! Everything I found mentions a bunch of changes to the registry. Have you tried a System Restore?
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#840144 - 10/04/12 03:32 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Draclvr]
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I'm hoping someone might come up with a less drastic solution than a system restore as I don't want to "lose" stuff that I've done recently frown
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#840193 - 10/04/12 09:45 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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I hope so too!
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#840229 - 10/04/12 11:48 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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#840291 - 10/04/12 04:40 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: InlandAZ]
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Thanks, InlandAZ, but I am way too nervous to go registry fiddling redface
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#840292 - 10/04/12 04:45 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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That's the same stuff I found, Mad. A System Restore shouldn't delete anything you've done recently.
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#840313 - 10/04/12 06:44 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Draclvr]
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Thank you but I think I'll wait until My Son in Law can call round, Draclvr smile

I've found I can still "eventually" change wallpapers if I browse to My Pictures once I'm in the Display Properties box.
It's just a much more long-winded route than having them all already there in the box to scroll through as they were before.

The only "different" thing I've done, from when the situation was normal to how it is now, is download The Dark Eye game from The Adventure Shop.

But I can't see why doing that should have impacted on my wallpaper access woozy
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#840366 - 10/05/12 12:43 AM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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Mad, are you able to change wallpaper following the steps here?

This method changes wallpaper going into the Control Panel.
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#840461 - 10/05/12 12:50 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Homer6]
Mad Offline
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That IS the procedure I always use, Homer6, but the "background list" suddenly disappeared a couple of days ago ....

And it's that list I'm hoping to recover.

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#840464 - 10/05/12 01:02 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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Mad,I think you should do a restore when your wallpapers were ok. I've done a lot of restore and never deleted anything.
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#840469 - 10/05/12 01:25 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: kjos]
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Do you perhaps utilize a picture viewer , such as Picasa or Irfanview ? Both programs I just mentioned have the ability to set desktop wallpapers .

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#840471 - 10/05/12 01:29 PM Re: Missing Wallpapers [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: Mad
When I want to change from one wallpaper to the other, I usually just R Click on an empty Desktop space to select "Properties" then next select "Desktop" - from where I can scroll through the lot of them to choose which one I want to be my current wallpaper.

However, when I just went to do that and selected "Desktop" there was only one picture there !!


Originally Posted By: Mad
I've found I can still "eventually" change wallpapers if I browse to My Pictures once I'm in the Display Properties box.
It's just a much more long-winded route than having them all already there in the box to scroll through as they were before.


Are you saying it doesn't "remember" the location of the picture you choose anymore? It should "remember" the location of the last picture you chose and automatically open that same location the next time you open Display Properties\Display Tab.

If it insists on going back to the same location as that one picture every time, a workaround would be to copy all your pictures and paste them in the same folder as that one.

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