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Win7 Reinstall: Cannot change desktop Theme


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#1 2013bcpc

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

I just re-installed Windows 7 Home Premium from an ISO/DVD, due to errors in my OS.
(Boot Mgr Missing, no system restore points, etc).

After my re-install, I went to Control Panel to change to "Windows Classic"
and to change the Desktop Theme, but these functions will not work.

I was able to go into Advanced System Settings > Performance Settings > Adjust for Best Performance
and that changed me to Windows Classic. (Windows Classic is apparantly the default).

But I still can't change my desktop Theme.

I got my Win7 ISO from a link in a pcworld article.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/248995/how_to_install_windows_7_without_the_disc.html

Anyone familiar with this problem?
Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

also, if I right-click on an empty portion of my desktop,
the Personalise option in the menu will not work.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

Goto Start button - right click 'computer' - click properties - See if Windows is activated

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:52 AM

Goto Start button - right click 'computer' - click properties - See if Windows is activated


yes, I have activated it

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:10 AM

Well, I sort of found a compromise for my problem:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/47294-desktop-background-change-windows-7-starter.html

Seems this is a common problem.
I had to put a jpeg on my desktop > right-click > set as desktop.

According to my System info this is Windows 7 Home Premium (not a Starter or Basic).
I should have full access to the features included....this is ridiculous.

Wondering if I should do a re-installation AGAIN ....or if I can even do that?
How many times can I use my product key?

I would really appreciate any further info if anyone reads this
and knows or has experience with this problem.

THANKS!!

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

You may do a reinstall several times at worst you have to call microsoft when doing the activation.

What exactly happens when you they to change themes - any error messages?

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

You may do a reinstall several times at worst you have to call microsoft when doing the activation.

What exactly happens when you they to change themes - any error messages?


Ok, cool - I may try re-install again this weekend.

In Control Panel, the Personalization option is there,
but nothing happens when I click it. It's like an inactive link.
I've looked at it in list view, icon view.
Tried "open in new window." Nothing works.

The other way to get there - by right clicking on an empty space on desktop -
the Personalization Option is there too but gives an error message when I select it.




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