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Why can i not change the background on my system on windows

the option to change the background on my pc is locked and does not let me click the change background or the select background button.

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Re: background

Maybe it's locked in gpedit? Then unlock it. See: https://www.google.com/search?q=gpedit+background

On company laptops usually it's blocked, because IT support thinks they should decide how *their* PC looks. But since you write "*my* PC" I'm sure you can do it, assuming you have Windows 7, 8 or 10 Pro.
The easiest alternative is to reset your PC to factory settings. It might be more complex to figure out what registry setting is changed by gpedit and do it manually with regedit yourself.

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Its a custom system

i built it myself ande everything should be working fine except the themes and background options downt work

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Re: custom system

That's good to read. It means you can fix it yourself.

Suggestions if the setting in gpedit doesn't work:
- Try a new Windows account (these settings are per account)
- Install a legal (not a hacked) Windows (what Windows, 7, 8.1 or 10?).
- If it is a legal one already (you didn't tell) refresh or reset.
- If even a reset fails, blank the disk and reinstall the legal version you have. Out of the box is should work.

Post was last edited on September 20, 2019 4:09 AM PDT

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There were a few common reasons I ran into this.

1. Driver issues. As you are a builder you would or should be adept here.
2. OS version. There were/was/may-still-be versions of Windows like Windows 7 BASIC that didn't allow these changes. You see these for sale once in a while and a person new to all this would not know about the limitation.

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Theme and background chgs blocked if Win is not GENUINE

My very old Win 7 Home laptop suddenly started telling me my windows version was not "genuine" a few weeks ago and at the same time my desktop background went to all black and modifying themes was blocked. Everything else seemed to work normally after dismissing the non-genuine warning message each time I started windows. I eventually had to purchase a "genuine" Win 7 Home key and enter it as an option on the non-genuine warning, and instantly themes and backgrounds could then be updated as before. All is well, now.

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not recommened

unless you purchased from microsoft AND the proper license, it could still be considered non-genuine. maybe not after the initial activation but it could at any time afterwards,

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