Fix: Windows 7 slideshow feature for desktop background does not work

If you find that your Windows desktop slideshow, which used to work fine, does not work anymore, you may want to check out this article.

First make sure that no installed software is preventing changing of the wallpapers. Also ensure that your version of Windows 7 has this feature.

Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic do not support changing of the desktop background picture and consequently support the slideshow feature; so you might want to confirm that! But sure there is a  way to change your wallpaper in the Windows Starter and Basic Editions too!

Having done that, click on the Power icon sitting in your notification area and select More Power Options. This will open Control Panel, Power Options applet.

Now from your current/selected Plan, click Change plan settings and then Change advanced power settings.

Next in the Advanced settings, expand Desktop background settings and then Slide show.

Here from the drop down menu of each option, ensure that the appropriate options are checked.

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Click Apply/OK.

Exit.

If you cannot change the desktop wallpaper or if you cannot set an image as desktop wallpaper, see this.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • trivalvid

    Thank You AnandK, really lame solution, to a really lame problem :-) I cant believe that this fixed it. I dont recall having messed with such power property items. I was looking for all sorts of other things, like what service was required, or was the “slideshow” task Scheduler bs needed. Power? ya ookkkkay MS, that goes with the “making things easier” idea they tossed out 10 years ago.

  • Aaaa

    Fantastic answer!!!!!

  • friendly neighbourhood badass

    i had the same problem but everything was checked on available, i previously installed a program called “dream scene” it is a live wallpaper program, if you have this program remove it the try to make a slideshow wallpaper again (through windows) should work, it did for me :)

  • Aryan2yogesh

    in lenovo z580 ideapad dis option is not wrking m still able to use slideshow option

  • Moltres_rider

    NO ‘CHANGE ADVANCE POWER PLAN’ OPTION

  • CarolinaJay79

    The answer to everyone’s issue!!!!!! You can’t repeat have any program that’s related to desktop modification installed or it will simply cripple your slideshow feature point blank. SO UNINSTALL DREAM SCENE AND REBOOT AND YOUR ARE TOTALLY FINE. IT IS NOT A MICROSOFT ISSUE AT ALL. THE PROGRAM CONFLICTS WITH SLIDESHOW FUNCTION DISABLING IT TOTALLY. IT TOOK ME TWO WEEKS, THEN IT DAWNED ON ME TRIED IT AND VOILA, PERFECTION EVERYTHING IS BACK TO NORMAL. IF YOU WANT DREAM SCENE YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-INSTALL. YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH AT ONCE SORRY.

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