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Windows 8.1 is Stuck in high contrast mode WHEN I use my own picture

Windows 8.1 is Stuck in high contrast mode WHEN I use my own background

   
8:20 pm on May 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Windows 8.1 is Stuck in high contrast mode WHEN I use my own desk top background picture

Folks, I've tried this question unsuccessfully (no answers) across a number of other forums. Please bear with me.

After a lot of sleuthing across a number of forums, I discovered that the extremely dismal rendering/not rendering of all sites I regularly visit on a daily basis was all due to a Win 8 solution "Windows 8 is Stuck in high contrast mode". OK, that was remedied eventually by this method:

"Go to your start page, then click on desktop. Once you get to your desktop, RIGHT CLICK on the screen. A small box will open to the right of the pointer. Click on PERSONALIZE. Then click on the WINDOWS theme under the 3 default windows themes. You will click on the one with the flower on it. This will turn off you high contrast".

[answers.microsoft.com ]

Works just fine, high contrast now all gone - all sites rendering correctly! Whoa! Where's my desk top background picture gone? Back to settings/personalisation. Ah! There's my saved desk top photo. Click, desk top background now restored, so is the rotten "high contrast" now restored. WebmasterWorld, among many other sites looks shocking.

QUESTION: How to restore my desk top background and kill "high contrast" forever?

This was NOT caused by the original Win 8 upgrade from Win XP.

It was solely due to a catastrophic combined upgrade/update to Win 8.1 - I've solved/retrieved nearly 90% of all the other problems that change created in the last couple of weeks.

BTW: Ever since way back to the old DOS 5, and Win 3.1 days - have I wasted so much time on a PC, by upgrading from Win 8 to 8.1. A monumental mistake on my part.

Sorry to be so long winded.
10:20 pm on May 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like your wallpaper image has been tied to the high contrast theme. Change the theme (again) to what you desire. Then customize THAT theme to load your wallpaper.

Back again... to be clear: I do not have Win8.1 so the above is just commonsense advice. I just know that as early as Win 7 these kind of wallpaper issues began with the Aero interface.

Secondary, in all version of Win that I operate I turn off all the bells and whistles, shooting for BASIC or CLASSIC if at all possible... system runs faster and ... well, I'm just old school.
1:34 am on May 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Back again... to be clear: I do not have Win8.1 so the above is just commonsense advice

Unfortunately common-sense advice doesn't work with Win 8.1 It's a whole new ball game, one where - what we were once used to - no longer applies.
Secondary, in all version of Win that I operate I turn off all the bells and whistles, shooting for BASIC or CLASSIC if at all possible... system runs faster and ... well, I'm just old school

I am exactly the same.

The problem [liveable] still exists.
12:40 am on May 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Checking through MS's website... appears that win8x and win7x themes are the same... so create YOUR OWN THEME from scratch to be what you want. See [windows.microsoft.com...]
8:44 pm on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, however from memory "been there - done that".

The hurdle still exists, yes I'll try again later, that once you use your own photo for desktop background - you're still stuck [no way out] with the dreaded...

"High Contrast"

That's the real nub of the whole problem. As I said, I'll try again later.
8:57 pm on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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That's not been my experience, YMMV.

I start with BASIC or CLASSIC then add in what makes sense. I've added and removed wallpaper many times and never had the theme change to something else, so there's probably something else going on that's not obvious at the moment. sigh.
10:33 pm on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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so there's probably something else going on that's not obvious at the moment. sigh

Absolutely - because...

I just fixed it, by fiddling around, and worst of all?

I don't know how or why!

God I hate it when that happens. Thanks again.
10:55 pm on May 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Winkers! The Odd Gosh of Windows Strikes Again! ;)
 

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