Fix – Unable to Change Desktop Wallpaper Problem in Windowswritten by Tashreef Shareef Feb 19, 2017Windows 10 and other versions of Windows running PCs allows you to change desktop wallpaper with ease.
All you have to do is, right-click on any image and select “set as Wallpaper”. However, what if the selected wallpaper doesn’t show up?It happens that when you try to change the desktop wallpaper, the changes may not get applied. Now if you go to Themes and settings option, the “Browse” button is disabled along with the wallpaper list as well.This can happen due to several reasons, but the common reason could be because of permission restrictions in the registries that are preventing the user from making changes to the wallpaper settings on the desktop.The problem could also occur if you have played with the ease of access feature out of curiosity. Irrespective of why it is happening, I have a few quick fixes to fix the wallpaper not changing issue in Windows desktop. Also read, install only selected Microsoft Office Programs.
Fix 1: Use Ease of Access CenterThe best possible and the easiest fix among all to fix this issue is to make a little change in Ease of access Centre settings.By default you may have the “Remove background images” option in Ease of Access Centre enabled. So, all you have to do is disable this option and you are good to go.So, go to Ease of Access Center, by pressing Windows Key + R, type Ease of Access Center and open it. Now select, “Make the computer easier to see” option.Alternatively, you can also access it from Control Panel > the Ease of Access > Make the Computer Easier see.Now scroll down and disable “Remove background images (where available)” option under “Make things on the screen easier to see” section.Now click Apply and then click OK to save the changes.
Now go back and try to change the wallpaper and it the problem should have been resolved by now.Fix 2: Edit Registry EditorNow if the first method did not work for you then you can fix the problem by making changes to your registry editor.Making changes to your registry editor can fix the issue if it is due to restrictions in the registry. Here is how to do it.
Note: Be careful while editing the registry entries on your PC.Open command dialogue box by pressing Windows Key + R.Type Regedit and hit enter to open Registry Editor.In the registry editor, open the following path:HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesUnder this, if you find an “ActiveDesktop” key, delete it.Next, go to the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesHere also look for “ActiveDesktop” key and delete it, if found.Next, go to this path in the registry editor:HKEY_USERS.DefaultSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesIn case you find the “ActiveDesktop” key, delete it as well.Once done, close the registry editor and try changing the Wallpaper on you PC and see if that has resolved the problem.