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Ever since installing Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 I have been having problems with setting my desktop wallpaper / background image.  I like to hide the desktop icons as I never use them. 

While the icons are hidden
I can make all of the necessary updates to change the wallpaper but the image will not change.  However, if I go through a full reboot of the PC, the image will change.

While the icons are showing
I can make all of the necessary updates to change the wallpaper and the image will change as desired.  However, as soon as I hide the icons again, the wallpaper changes back to whatever image was set when the icons where hidden.

While frustrating, I could deal with this issue.  Until the PC had an error and blue-screened.  Now, when I boot the PC, I receive the white screen telling me to reset my Active Desktop – which I do not use.

After struggling with this for several weeks now, I find out I am not alone.

It looks like this is specifically related to IE8 and the general work-around is to remove IE8.  Well, I am too far beyond that restore point for it to be any good.  Plus, I like IE8 and need it for the development work I am doing.

So, anyone know of a resolution to this?  While it does not affect the performance of my PC, it is aggravating.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:45 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: IE8 causing errors with Desktop background images

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I have same problem ! How do you TOTALLY REMOVE IE8 ???? I can't get rid of IT !!!
Left by Sandlap449 on Aug 11, 2009 12:53 PM

# re: IE8 causing errors with Desktop background images
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I had this issue as well with IE8. I normally use firefox but needed IE for a specific application. I finally ended up just downgrading to IE7 and everything worked again.
Left by Wealthy Affiliate on Nov 13, 2009 3:27 PM

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