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Losing Wallpaper

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by fishercrc, Sep 16, 2003.

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  1. fishercrc

    fishercrc Thread Starter

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    I have a compaq desktop about 3 or 4 years old. When I turn it on in the morning I have to put my wallpaper back on. It disappears every night. Any suggestions on how I start troubleshooting?

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    Suzanne
     
  2. XbrvhrtX

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    is this a recent wallpaper you have started to use??

    If so, make sure there is a copy of the file in your windows folder
     
  3. hewee

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    Welcome to TSG :)

    Sounds like you have a wallpaper program set to change the wallpaper every day. Do you have any type of program like that?
     
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    Hi Frank

    Sorry to have to have a slight dissagreement with you here:eek:

    On my windows98 computer I keep my wallpaper in C:\WINDOWS\WEB\Wallpaper and apart from a couple of bitmaps, I have around 50 .jpg's which all work ok as wallpaper.

    steam
     
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    steamwiz,

    Your right and wrong. :)
    If you use other programs that let you set a desktop background, IE, Netscape, Image program etc. then they can use other image formats. But they are changed into a .bmp as flavallee said because windows only uses .bmp. Not sure if the program or weindows makes the changes. If I look in my windows folder I have Plus (from windows), Internet Explorer Wallpaper, Netscape 7.0 Wallpaper, ACD Wallpaper, webshots and just now got Netscape Wallpaper after using Netscape 4.70 to set a background. Just used PhotoBrush to set a wallpaper and it added PhotoBrushWall to the windows folder. They were all .jpg images I used but they couple of them that are in the windows folder are all .bmp.
     
  7. steamwiz

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    hewee

    Either I'm missing the point here:confused: or I don't agree with you - sorry

    No third party software involved - just Windows desktop wallpaper.

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    As you can see - all .jpg's
     

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    And this is the folder

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    Again as you can see - all .jpg's
     

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    If the images are in .BMP format a-n-d are in the C:\WINDOWS folder, they will automatically appear in the list of wallpaper for you to select when you click the Background tab.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
     
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    All of mine are .bmp as I said and they show up as flavallee said in the above post also.
    Never seen them show as .jpeg
     
  11. steamwiz

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    Hi Frank

    Glad we got that sorted:D

    I thought you were saying ALL wallpaper had to be .bmp and had to be in the C:\WINDOWS folder

    But what you were saying is if you want it to automatically appear in display properties and it's a .bmp it has to be in the C:\WINDOWS folder

    All I was saying was wallpaper can be a .jpg ( but to automatically appear in display properties it has to be in C:\WINDOWS\WEB\Wallpaper )you can also put .bmp's in here, but then I guess it is only a sub-folder of the C:\WINDOWS folder

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    The images will only be added to Display properties from C:\WINDOWS if they are a .bmp - like frank says

    But put them in C:\WINDOWS\WEB\Wallpaper and they will be added if they are .jpg's
     
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    Steam is correct on the placement of the files. If you just select them by browsing to a folder location they will not always stay on the list in your wallpaper list. One thing however about using jpg's or gif's as wallpaper is that you have to use Active Desktop in order to use them and it is a major resource hog. If you don't have that great of a system with resources to spare just use bitmaps for wallpaper.
     
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    No problem, Steamwiz. :)

    I don't use Active Desktop on either of my computers anyway, and I prefer to keep a nice blue background with NO wallpaper. :)

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
     
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    I don't use Active Desktop either.
    What I am saying is that I can use any image format that Netscape. IE, ACDsee and the other image program will open that let you set a desktop wallpaper and it makes a file in the windows folder. Look at the first 4 in the list in the image and they are .bmp. But they were all from .jpg and the webshot was from wbc file. They are turned into a .bmp to be used as a desktop wallpaper. It never uses the file it can from but the new bmp that it made and put onto the windows folder.
     

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