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Wallpapers and screensavers

Before my PC recently did an upgrade, I used to get bubbles when it had been in active for a time and nice scenery of waterfalls, lakes etc when I booted up. Now I have lost both and can't seem to find where to get them back. I have found bubbles but not the scenery and I keep getting ghastly backgrounds of orange or grey that I hate.

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Shirley Martin5 months agoWindows 10 x64, Google Chrome

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  • Hello Shirley,

    It's strange that you get these orange or grey backgrounds. When Windows 10 is done booting and you get to the log-on screen, the background is usually a photograph that Windows will automatically switch out every now and then.

    Once you're logged in and on the desktop, that's where you see your usual desktop wallpaper. Both of these can be changed, though, so hopefully you can get rid of those dull orange and grey backgrounds that way.

    The easiest way to personalize these things is by right-clicking on an empty area of your desktop, and then clicking "Personalize". You can also right-click on an empty area of the taskbar at the bottom screen and then click "Settings".

    On the left side of the window that opens, you can choose "Background" or "Lock screen", depending on which background you want to change. The "Lock screen" is the log-on screen you see when Windows boots or when you have to enter your password again, for example after your screensaver exits.

    The Lock Screen can be set to "Windows spotlight", which automatically downloads a new photograph every so often, or "Picture" to choose any image you want to use instead, or "Slideshow" for a series of pictures pulled from a folder. Your desktop background can be customized in a similar way.

    I don't know where the scenery you used to have was pulled from before Windows upgraded, but hopefully this will let you set things up the way you like.

    Let me know if you need any further assistance.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)5 months ago

  • Thanks for your reply. I set the Windows Spotlight but after I closed down and then rebooted there were still no scenes or bubbles either - just the desktop. I seem to have got the desktop colour to stay and the horrible orange has disappeared from everywhere except around the 'sticky notes' sign on the taskbar. I did tick both boxes when setting it up so I thought it would be gone from everywhere. I guess I can live with that.

    How can I change the text on the desktop to black instead of white?

    Shirley Martin5 months ago

  • I don't think you can change the color of the text on the desktop anymore. No matter what color you choose to use as the background, the text remains white.

    If you upgraded from Windows 7, where I believe this was still possible, I'm afraid you'll have to get used to things being a bit more limited on Windows 10. There may be some third-party software programs that allow more customization, though.

    The Windows Spotlight is only relevant for the Lock Screen, it's not something you can use as your desktop background. If, when you boot into Windows 10, the first thing you see is your desktop, it's possible that the Lock Screen is disabled.

    The Bubbles screensaver is still included with Windows 10 by default, but it can be a bit more difficult finding the Screen Saver Settings panel to select it.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)5 months ago

  • Thanks for your reply. Is there any way to enable the Lock Screen? I have been on Windows 7 for several years. This has only happened since a Windows update and a Macrium Reflect update.

    Shirley Martin5 months ago

  • Yeah! My scenes are back! Let's hope they stay! :-)

    Shirley Martin5 months ago

  • Great! Glad you got that fixed and back the way you like it. Thanks for reporting back.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)5 months ago

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