Desktop Background Keeps Going Black

Dec 7, 2009

I have Vista Home Premium SP1. I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures. But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to
reset the background to my picture.

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The thread I'm referring to is called "Black Dots On Desktop Background" and it was posted by charleyvonne. I quote it below. I recently downloaded a wallpaper changer program called Winvista. As soon as I started to play with the different wallpapers on my desktop, I couldn't help but notice that it had completely cocked up! It seems rather odd, behind the display picture there are a series of grid formad dots, very small and regemented. These move around when I open windows over them or when I select desktop icons. I had a go at changing my resolution, display settings, themes, effects and tried using different background pictures. I've restarted a few times and have selected to use different solid colours, but these dots don't budge. The program isn't running now, but I still have the dots! I could try to put up a screen cap of my desktop if it helps?

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