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In the new Windows 7 RTM, I can't see a place in Control Panel->Appearance and Personalization->Personalization to disable the desktop background slideshow feature. You can change what's included, so I suppose if you chose a single background that would do it.

Is there a way to turn this feature off?

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Deselecting all images but one should do the trick.

A more sophisticated way would be:

Pause the Desktop Background Slide Show

  • Open the Control Panel in the Start menu.
  • Open Power Options in the Control Panel.

Note: If Power Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  • Click Change plan settings next to the power plan you want to edit.
  • Click Change advanced power settings.
  • Click Change settings that are currently unavailable to unlock the advanced power settings.

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  • Set Slide show under Desktop background settings to Paused and then click OK to save the changes.

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+1 Thanks. Seems like it should be easier but I'll take what I can get ;) – C-Pound Guru Aug 17 '09 at 15:15

It's here:

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Choosing several background images (the checkboxes appear as soon as you hover the mouse over the image) turns on the scroll list below the image list:

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By choosing a single image you can turn the slide show off.

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@TFM: Your last screenshot looks slightly different than mine. I don't have the "When using battery power, pause the slideshow to save power" option. Is that Windows 7 RTM or one of the release candidates? – C-Pound Guru Aug 17 '09 at 15:14
@C-Pound Guru: I'm (still) using the RC on my laptop. – TFM Aug 17 '09 at 15:16
@C-Pound Guru: If your PC doesn't have a battery (ie.: desktop without ups), that option is not shown. – Andrew Moore Aug 17 '09 at 20:38
@Andrew Moore: Thanks...didn't think of that. – C-Pound Guru Aug 19 '09 at 13:51

Just select no more than one image, and there will be no slideshow =)

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