Windows 10: Can't Set Different Wallpapers Per Monitor

  1.    06 Apr 2016 #1

    Can't Set Different Wallpapers Per Monitor


    Hello TenForums,
    I've got a b*tchin' multi monitor setup, and I had it set up to pull different wallpapers from my 3 gigs of dank papes. Each screen had a different wallpaper, and one would change every 30 minutes. Besides the fact that, if you number the monitors 1,2,3 left to right, the wallpapers would change in the order: 1,2,3,2,3,2,1, everything was perfect.

    A few weeks ago, all of a sudden i went back to my desktop, and realized all my screens had the same wallpaper, And i cant figure out how how to get it back.

    Ctrl+clicking multiple images and selecting set as backgrounds doesn't work.
    Its not a theme issue,


    I tired the old wallpaper selector, and when i went to set a wallpaper to a screen I got this:
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    Now i get this??
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    Is there a registry value i can delete to reset these settings?

    Halp
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  2. Posts : 2,036
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       06 Apr 2016 #2

    Download and run:Add classic personalization Desktop menu in Windows 10
    right click and set.
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  3.    06 Apr 2016 #3

    topgundcp said: View Post
    Download and run:Add classic personalization Desktop menu in Windows 10
    right click and set.
    Thats not the problem, I already have that menu, but the right click option isnt working the way it should. I think it might be a Monitor settings problem.
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  4. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       07 Apr 2016 #4

    Hello Shoop Welcome to the Ten Forums!

    First of all having any multiple display set up generally requires the correct type of program that includes options like the "Smart taskbar" as well as being able to assign a separate wallpaper for each monitor which is what you looking for there. The two most popular softwares for this are UltraMON and DisplayFusion that have been around now for quite some time going back to XP-Vista days in fact.

    Back when it was WIndows 7 in beta and RC form and onto the retail launch I was first taking a look and ended up with both programs while sticking with the UltraMON software over the years as the preferred here. With 10 however I seem to be staying with the default paper while the 7 side of the dual boot on the main still sees two separate wallpapers in use! I had found UltraMON first before Vista even arrived but was still single display until 7 appeared on the scene when then planning out a much more evolved situation! So far this is one program that has been run troublefree over the last 6yrs. on 7 and now on 10.
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  5.    07 Apr 2016 #5

    Thanks for the welcome. I used to have the exact behavior I wanted. Id rather not have to add another semi working start up program for functionality that used to work stock. Do you know where the registry settings for these options are?
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  6. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       07 Apr 2016 #6

    By your description what you are lacking isn't so much the right click option but the slide show set up on each display separately. One way you could see that restored as well as correcting the right click problem would be rolling the system registry back right before the problem was first seen. You would need a working System Restore point to go back that far however.

    The other options of course are the Systtem File Checker in case Windows developed a glitch with a system file or two as well as keeping the Reset This PC and Repair Install by In-Place Upgrade options under consideration if it was the present build seeing a problem. With the November 11th Threshold 2 that suddenly would no longer allow naming new folder as well as renaming any existing folders until I re-enabled the Get insider builds option and the next new build a few months after the TH2 came out upgraded over the TH2 seeing all that cleared up.

    What 10 brought in with it was the mirroring desktop and it's own form of clone for the Start button and other items on the second display while not seeing the options for separately personalization of things as you would see with a 3rd party program. The two options your original set up would be rolling things back or starting over fresh however.
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  7. Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       12 Apr 2016 #7

    TeamViewer. Uninstall it's crappy monitor driver (the one used to black out remote screen). That will fix the problem.
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  8. Posts : 23,679
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
       12 Apr 2016 #8

    Hello @Shoop, and welcome to Ten Forums,

    Do you have all your displays set to be extended?

    Multiple Displays - Change Settings and Layout in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       12 Apr 2016 #9

    Salad Fingers said: View Post
    TeamViewer. Uninstall it's crappy monitor driver (the one used to black out remote screen). That will fix the problem.
    What does Team Viewer have to do with anything? That's a remote connection not display type software to begin with. A dark background on a remote pc is seen when simply unchecking the Hide wallpaper option in the View tab on the TV window's menu bar.

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    Generally when adding on that one more display the primary or secondary will be cloned over to the third. But despite being able to extend the desktop you still won't be able to assign a separate wallpaper for each display. That option isn't present and generally takes a 3rd party app.

    The two screens here will show what Shoop is looking for as far as being able to set a different background for each display while these programs still tend to only cover dual display not 3 or more type options.

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    First you have to see the desktop extension take place where the background is still the same default 10 theme. You'll notice I went a bit further in resolving the smart bar situation by dual Quick bars one for monitoring things with a side bar gadget you drag other things onto.

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    Next with the 3rd party program at work we see a new profile for separate wallpapers created and see a new paper put into effect on the second display. This is part of what Shoop is looking for as well as getting a separate slideshow running on each display again.

    That wouldn't be part of either of the programs being pointed to there however but would be looking at the Slideshow option under Personalization>Background. For seeing a separate slideshow the primary could still see that option used while for the second display run a program like IrfanView if not the Windows Photo Viewer while one of those would have to be started manually each day after startup.
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  10. Posts : 24
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       15 Apr 2016 #10

    Night Hawk said: View Post
    What does Team Viewer have to do with anything? That's a remote connection not display type software to begin with. A dark background on a remote pc is seen when simply unchecking the Hide wallpaper option in the View tab on the TV window's menu bar.


    Well, as me and few others have found already, it does. It's just a crappy driver that messes with your multiple displays once installed. Might not be the case for you, but since I've personally run into this problem and it took me too much research to figure it out, I just threw it out there in case you have the same problem.

    Also, no, what you are talking about is hiding the background of the computer being remotely accessed. The driver I'm talking about is only meant to completely disable the display of the computer being controlled, so others can't see what you are doing. Just give it a try, it looks exactly like the problem few of us fixed by removing said driver.
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