Hi Vista friends
I admit I know a good deal about Wintel pc's, but I try to avoid vista like the plague, and counsel others to do likewise. so this may be an ignoramus question but an honest one
This HP minitower with 2gb ram, vista home premium sp2, is now running quite well. enormously better than when I first picked it up. the one remaining irritant is that none of the desktop manager options can succeed in displaying an image as the desktop background, and unfortunately that's the way the owner wants to see her desktop!
the Advanced system settings, when Performance- optioned for "Best Appearance" seem to all work properly, but does not solve the issue.
Likewise, switching from Aero to Vista Basic to Windows Classic to whatever does not help either. no matter which is invoked, browsing an image file and applying it as wallpaper has seemingly no effect [nothing on the desktop but the chosen background color].
I am wondering if one of the several image viewers/handlers could be the culprit? does Vista rely on some image-viewing widget to do this task?
I ran Vista Repair process from startup but unsurprisingly it shows no errors.
I downloaded, to try, a theme. The theme installed on the system correctly, apparently. I select the theme and everything about it seems to be setup properly, except it cannot display the default/chosen gorgeous background image!
The only other oddity that might shed light on this for someone more knowledgeable than I is this: If I browse folders for images to use as background/w'paper, or invoke a theme's image, I can see the thumbnail correctly ONLY if I hit the "browse" button, select a folder/location, and drilldown on it. The image thumbnails that are supposed to display in the box below that button in the Display Properties tab/window are messed up... they appear to be low-resolution Quicktime image icons instead of the actual thumbnails. Conversely, to repeat myself, if I deliberately browse-to and select a folder that has some images, they look proper. I'm uninstalling QT now just to see if that has any bearing [its old and questionable].