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Missing Personalize option in Windows® 7

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Read on to figure out steps involved in resolving personalize option is missing issue in Windows 7 system.

In Windows 7 Starter Edition and Windows 7 Basic Edition the Personalization option is missing by default. The main reason is that Windows 7 Starter Edition as such does not support themes. Where as in other editions of Windows 7 you can personalize your computer just by right clicking on the desktop and selecting personalize. With personalize option you can change themes, background, sounds, screensavers, mouse pointers, and desktop icons. In Starter Edition Personalization panel is not available and you can just see options to change resolution and add Desktop Gadgets. Few Start Menu options can solve this problem of missing personalization option. For example to change mouse pointer options just enter ‘cursors’ in the start menu search. Then choose ‘Change how the mouse pointer looks’ link. This can open classic mouse properties dialog box and you can do all the editing work there.

Following are the options to change personalization options:

  • Theme
  • Background Picture & Desktop icons
  • Sounds and Screensaver


windows 7 classic theme

To change the theme just type ‘Theme’ in the start menu search. Then select ‘Change the color scheme link.’ A classic theme selector comes and you have to select appropriate theme. If you want to change theme options in the Windows Classic theme and the desktop background color click Advanced in the dialog box. Choose the color you want from the given box.

Background Picture & Desktop icons

windows 7 desktop icons

To overcome the difficulty of directly changing the back ground select ‘Slide Show’ desktop gadget. For getting, this right clicks on the desktop and click ‘Gadgets’. Then double click on ‘Slide Show’ gadget or click and drag it. To make gadget look large, hover your mouse over the right hand side of the gadget, and select middle button with an arrow. Similarly to change, hide or show any desktop icons type ‘icons’ in the search box to get the window where you can do all the settings.

Sounds and Screensaver
Windows 7 screen saver

For changing the sound during start up or while adding some nice sounds, enter ‘Change sounds’ in start menu search. Then select ‘Change system sounds‘. Here you can select various sounds. If you want to add a screensaver so that your system can show some cute pictures during idle time, follow these steps. Type ‘Screensaver’ in the start menu search and now choose ‘Change Screen Saver’.

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