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Windows 7 Bing Dynamic Themes: Problems & Solutions

IMO the best thing about Bing is the AMAZING photography they provide! They seem to have a photo collection that even competes with the long standing leader in fantastic photography, National Geographic!

The best way to enjoy these photos is an automated slideshow with your desktop wallpaper using Bing Dynamic Themes.
Note: Windows 7 themes can only be used in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.


So you’ve got it set up and works great 90% of the time. But occasionally you might notice the background picture hassn’t changed in a while… Usually a quick right click to personalize will reveal that somehow your theme has been switched to an “unsaved theme” that uses just that one photo… Weird, but easy to fix: just click back on Bing Dynamic and your back in business.

However, this time something went very wrong. On reboot, my background is gone. The above solution does nothing and I get a warning saying the picture folder is gone (in my case: c:\users\[your username]\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files\enclosure\{273C3A92-4365-40EA-ABD5-752712284071}). I delete and reinstall the theme, same problem. So it’s off to find the solution…

In my case, the problem is a system cleaning software called CCleaner. Apparently it is incompatible with Bing Dynamic themes and will delete the picture folder if run with the default settings. Here is how to fix the issue permanently, until CCleaner fixes their software.

  1. In Personalization, uninstall all dynamic themes. You must select a different theme before you can remove it.
  2. Go to the folder “C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Feeds” and delete all files with names like this “http~c~f~fthemeserver~dmicrosoft~dcom~fdefault~daspx~mp=Bing&c=Desktop&m=en-US~.feed-ms
  3. Reinstall the theme from: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/downloads/bing-dynamic-theme. Give it some time to show as it will have to download the pictures.
  4. Now you have your theme back and working. Lets fix CCleaner so it does not do this again
  5. Open CCleaner, go to Options / Exclude / Add / Drive or Folder / Browse. Navigate to “c:\users“, or any random folder, and hit OK.
  6. Right click on the folder you just added in the exclusion list and hit “Manual Edit
  7. Change it to: “C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Enclosure\*.*
  8. Click OK.
  9. Problem is now resolved. CCleaner will never mess with your Bing Dynamic Themes ever again!

This will keep CCleaner from cleaning the …\Enclosure folder. However, as far as I can tell, that folder is only used for storing Bing Dynamic Theme images so we don’t want it cleaning that folder do we? But watch out, those amazing photo’s are big and can consume some space. Even after uninstalling a theme, Windows will not delete the photos so the folder can grow pretty big! Mine was 500MB so I deleted all the pictures after uninstalling the theme. They will download again once the theme is re-installed. But, I make no guarantees you will get ALL the same ones since the photo list is dynamic and ever changing.