How to Change Your Windows Starter Background?
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How to Change Your Windows Starter Background?

This simple tutorial will help you learn how to change your Windows Starter Background. Follow the steps and see how the process is done.

Not all are aware of this. That is why I have decided to share this easy tutorial that will help you change your Windows Starter Background. But before we proceed to the actual tutorial, let me give you a brief overview of what this tutorial is all about.

As I’ve said, not all of us are aware of the limitations in Microsoft’s Windows 7 Starter Operating System. Though it may look similar to Home Basic, Premium and Professional, its features are quite limited. It can’t be customized with personal screensavers, slideshows and desktop wallpapers or backgrounds. That may disappoint a lot of potential users. But come to think of it, the OS is meant for netbooks not for desktops and laptops.

But you don’t have to worry because that ‘limitation’ can be easily solved. And all that you need to do is to follow these steps that I will tell you below.

Tutorial Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

To Change Your Windows Starter Background, you will need to ensure that your computer runs on Microsoft’s Windows 7 Starter OS. Then, you will need to download and install a certain program called the ‘Personalization Panel’. If you don’t have any idea where to download the program, you can download it at this link.

The downloaded program will be in .zip format, so you will basically need to unzip the file to your desktop. After you’ve unzip the Personalization Panel, you will need to install it into your desktop. The installation process is quite easy as you will be guided by a step-by-step command prompt.

After the installation, you will need to ‘right click’ on your desktop. You will then be seeing the ‘Personalization’ option along with ‘Gadgets’ and ‘Screen Resolution’. Click on ‘Personalization’ and choose ‘Desktop Background’. You will then be able to ‘Browse’ through your computer’s list of photos where you can select your desired desktop background. You can modify your settings according to the usual Windows OS display modifications and be sure to save the changes when you’re done. The same goes for the Window Color, Screen Saver and Sound.

That’s it! You will finally be able to customize your Windows Starter Background. The best part of this is that you no longer need to upgrade your OS. Another great thing about the Personalization Panel is that it works on Starter and Home Basic and it can be downloaded for free. You can also be assured that the program doesn’t contain any virus or malware.

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Ranked #34 in Software

It's great to know that. I use Oceanis to change the background of my Windows 7 starter edition OS.

@Patrick - I tried Oceanis too but my personal choice would be the 'Personalization Panel' because its quite easy to install and use.

Interesting. Hope to see more of your writing.