Subscriber Mick wrote from Down Under (Australia),
I have just installed windows 7 ultima on a new machine …asus and Amd 2.6 dual core chip. I have 2 gig ram.
For the love of me I cannot install a photo from “ My Pictures “ as a desktop background .
Any idea of what is going on here ?.
Thanks in advance Mate.
I wrote back to Mick to tell him that he should be able to right-click on the picture and select "Set as desktop background" from the Windows 7 popup Context Menu.
Since he didn’t give me any idea how he was trying to do it, or what happens when he tried, I’m at a loss to come up with something else that might cause it not to work.
By the way, Mick wrote to me from an address other than the one that was subscribed to my newsletter. He almost didn’t get a response. I sent it anyway, and pointed out that he either was not subscribed, or not subscribed under that address — and that I do not often respond to non-subscribers.
G`day Mate , and thanks for the quick reply.
I thought I had registered under this address , but it must have been under [Mick’s gmail address].
Terry, I am doing exactly as you have suggested in your reply ,but It just won`t go in or accept any photo I have as a desktop Background.
Oddly enough , when having lunch at the club last Sunday , a chap at the same table had exactly the same problem , so I just assumed it was common with Win 7 and that you might have heard of it.
Well, it’s not normal. I tried it with my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit computer before responding to Mick. I didn’t have any trouble at all setting a .jpg / JPEG image as my desktop background.
I suggested to Mick that it might be the type of image file he was trying to use. For example, if he was trying to use a .tif file or a .raw file, he would need to load them in a graphics editor and convert them to to the .jpg format.
Windows Desktop background images were originally formatted as .bmp files. That was back in the Windows 3.0 days. However, when Microsoft implemented the "active desktop," they shifted to jpg files. The Windows Desktop software would still display bmp files, but it cound not stretch them to fill the Desktop.
Thanks again Terry ,
The files are Jpeg, Mate, and I have resized them from 2.5 meg to 1 meg to 500/700 kbts , but its no go.
Extremely Frustrating when you consider the cost of WIN 7.
At first I had a feeling that perhaps my 512 meg on board graphics were not good enough for W7 , but the photo s come up beautifully when opened , they just will not go to the desktop background . Very frustrating for an Old guy like me.
Does anyone have a suggestion for Mick? I know he’d appreciate being able to solve this problem.
If you’ve got a fix, or a suggestion on where he might find the setting to change, or other solution, please post it as a comment below.