Windows Background Won't Stay After Being Set

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  1. Posts : 32
    Windows 10
       #1

    Windows Background Won't Stay After Being Set


    Edition: Windows 10 Pro
    Version: 20H2
    OS Build: 19042.685


    Every time I set a custom image to my Windows background, using either File Explorer right-context menu, Desktop right-context menu, or the "Background" section of Windows 10 Settings, the image resets to a black color only background within 60 seconds. I'm not sure why but it is frustrating. Can this be fixed?
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  2. Posts : 17
    Win 10 Pro
       #2

    Mulsiphix said:
    Edition: Windows 10 Pro
    Version: 20H2
    OS Build: 19042.685


    Every time I set a custom image to my Windows background, using either File Explorer right-context menu, Desktop right-context menu, or the "Background" section of Windows 10 Settings, the image resets to a black color only background within 60 seconds. I'm not sure why but it is frustrating. Can this be fixed?
    The only thing I could say is check to see if your back ground setting are set to picture and not slide show, hope that helps.
    have good day.
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  3. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #3

    right click on desktop and choose personalize from the drop down menu.
    that's where you will find the setting mentioned above.

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  4. Posts : 32
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    It is set to Picture and set to Stretch. I have this problem with Windows Nightlight staying configured from time to time as well. I have three Windows 10 PC's and the nightlight issue is present on all three. I'm assuming this is a Windows specific issue, versus my PC or inability to properly configure a setting sort of issue. I'm not even sure what to begin researching to see what might be the problem behind settings not staying configured properly.
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  5. Posts : 31,888
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    Mulsiphix said:
    Every time I set a custom image to my Windows background, using either File Explorer right-context menu, Desktop right-context menu, or the "Background" section of Windows 10 Settings, the image resets to a black color only background within 60 seconds...

    That would be normal behaviour if Windows was not activated. Check that first in Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

    Assuming your Windows is activated, if you sign in with a Microsoft Account then it may be syncing the desktop settings from another machine.

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 32
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    1. Syncing is off and greyed out. I can't even enable it.

    2. I am using a Local Administrator account.

    3. Windows says it is activated with a digital license.

    Anything else I might check?
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  7. Posts : 31,888
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #7

    Mulsiphix said:
    1. Syncing is off and greyed out. I can't even enable it.
    2. I am using a Local Administrator account.

    Syncing would be greyed out as you are using a local account, it's only available for Microsoft accounts...

    Anything else I might check?

    Clutching at straws here, but one thing that can be set to change the desktop every 60 seconds is when it is set for Slideshow rather than Picture. Try deliberately changing it to Slideshow. Is it set to change every minute? If so, try setting it to 10 minutes. Close settings, go back into Personalisation, change it back to Picture and choose you preferred desktop image. See if it will stick now that you have shaken up and reset the relevant settings.

    If it still doesn't stick, try running SFC /ScanNow in a command prompt (Admin).
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  8. Posts : 32
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I did as you described but no luck with the Slideshow approach. It was set to 30 minutes. I set it to 1 Day just to alter the settings. Sadly, no luck. SFC did find corrupt files and reports fixing them. Afterwards the background image behavior remained.

    I reset the background image again. I intended to open Explorer with Win+E but hit Win+D accidentally. The background image cleared. I tested it multiple times. Whether the keyboard shortcut or the taskbar shortcut, that is how my background image is being removed. If I don't activate that functionality my background picture stays indefinitely.

    So... any ideas on why this is happening or what I can do about it?
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  9. Posts : 31,888
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #9

    Mulsiphix said:
    ... I intended to open Explorer with Win+E but hit Win+D accidentally. The background image cleared. I tested it multiple times. Whether the keyboard shortcut or the taskbar shortcut.... If I don't activate that functionality my background picture stays indefinitely.
    Win+D minimises all open windows down to the taskbar, as does clicking on the far right of the taskbar. Click again and they will open again. What appears to be happening is not that the desktop is being set to a black image, it seems more likely that Windows is failing to repaint the desktop image when needed. That suggests a video driver problem. What video driver do you have? Is it up to date?
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  10. Posts : 32
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    My driver was out of date (457.30), so I updated it (clean install) and restarted my computer. I am now using the latest driver (460.89) from NVIDIA's website but the problem still persists. Maybe it will fix itself in time. I hope so *fingers crossed*. My desktop backgrounds are one of the joys of my day at work (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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