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Today I downloaded a picture - minimized it - put it on my desktop and now I can't get rid of it. I can't find the file anywhere. When I go into display and look under desktop, the picture isn't there either. If I try to pick a new desktop background, it looks like it changes, but when I am back looking at my desktop the picture I don't want it still there. I know this is a silly problem but it is driving me nuts!

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Look in 'My Pictures' or in Windows Explorer & follow this path.
C\Windows\Web\Wallpaper
Should be in one of the two.
 

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Thank you for the help, however, I still can't find it. Just can't seem to get rid of the darn thing.
 

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Flatiron2,
Thank you for the help, however, I still can't find it. Just can't seem to get rid of the darn thing.
I had this saved from somewhere. Never tried it myself. Worth a try i suppose.
Worked for someone.

Start regedit.
Navigate to:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\
In the right pane, look for a String Value with a path to a bitmap on your system--for instance: c:\windows\Circles.bmp -Delete the value.--Exit the Registry editor.
 

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Wow, going to places I never new about. Scary! Anyway, didn't see anything in there either. Thanks though.
 

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Wow, going to places I never new about. Scary! Anyway, didn't see anything in there either. Thanks though.
Bet this will work.

Do a search for Internet explorer wallpaper.bmp or just internet explorer wallpaper but before searching click on more advanced options and check "search for hidden files". HTH
 

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Check in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
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if wallpaper is mentioned there. If there is a mention there its to fix the background so that its unchangeable.

Go into C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes and search for it in there.

It will be under the JPG/BMP format usually hidden inside one of the folders if its part of a theme. If not, look in the My Pictures where you have to normally have an image to be able to set it as Desktop so the system known where to look it up.

Best way is to just do a system scan by pressing Winkey+F>type: *.jpg,*.bmp and see if comes up there.

It will be a "background file". It could be anywhere, even under a photo-editing application or your net temporary folder.

Clear your temps folder aswell, restart and see what you get.
 

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Finally, I was able to get rid of the problem. It had something to do with a shortcut. Who knows what in the world I did. Thanks for all the help.
 
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