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I have a brand new Windows 7 laptop, I've changed the desktop background picture using the "personalization" item of the desktop right click menu.

Below the list that of images to choose there's a drop down with options "stretch", "fit", "tile", etc.

When I change that from stretch to anything else nothing happens, and when I return to that dialog the drop down is still on "stretch".

Anyone knows what's going on?

Thanks.

EDIT: apparently this is a know problem with HP/Compaq laptops.

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Are you using an HP/Compaq machine? Try this:

  • Go to HP Support and Drivers website
  • Choose Download drivers and software under "Select a task and enter a product name/number:"
  • Enter your product name (e.g. pavilion 2022. Be careful as the precise model is may be important.)
  • Click on the link matching your PC model
  • Choose Windows 7 operating system
  • Scroll down the list Select software and drivers
  • Choose Wallpaper picture position enabler

Paraphrased and updated from a post by Sharon Roffey in Background won't divert from Stretch Option on the Microsoft Answers site.

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I've had a similar problem with the change not happening, to which the solution is rather silly. After making a change to your setting, you need to select "Save Changes" at the bottom.

Hopefully that should work.

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Also note the change only applies to any images selected at the time. Each image can be set individually in Windows 7. –  Diago Dec 2 '09 at 13:42

Try this next time:

Right mouse desktop, goto Personalize, then Display. It will bring up a "Make it easier to read" window. By default, my installation was set at 150% and i ended up with the same problem with both BGInfo and AWC (Automatic Wallpaper changer). Setting it to 125% or less seemed to fix it.

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Instead of changing the wallpaper by Right Click > Set As Wallpaper

Here is the quick easy way to fix:

Right Click > Personalize > Desktop Background > Browse

Go to the file you want as your background.

It will show up the same size/resolution that it is on the file.

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No, it was a bug in some driver for that laptop model and the only way to fix it was to download the "wallpapaer picture position enabler" program from the HP website. –  Nir Mar 11 at 14:18

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