Yesterday I discovered a bug in Windows 8.1. It is not a critical bug, but a bit annoying. After doing a specific sequence of actions, the Desktop turns black and does not show the wallpaper. This bug is related to the "Show Desktop icons" feature. Here is how to reproduce this bug.
- Make sure that the Desktop is showing, and then right click in an empty area of the Desktop, and untick View -> Show Desktop icons in the context menu. The desktop icons will disappear.
- Now right click again on the Desktop, and choose the "Personalize" item from the context menu. If you already have a theme with a single wallpaper applied, select some theme with more than one wallpaper. For example, the "Lines and colors" theme and then switch back to the default theme (called the "Windows" theme).
- Close the Personalization window, and the Desktop will turn black without showing any wallpaper!
To fix this bug, you have to turn on Desktop icons again and then disable them once again.
I've created a video which shows this bug in action.
I wonder who is performing testing of Windows these days at Microsoft. Since the Windows Vista days, Windows is full of dirty bugs and its quality is far from the good old "classic" pre-NT6 versions. As a person who's been using Windows since Windows 3.11, I am just sad that my working environment has turned so incredibly buggy from one version to another, and getting progressively worse with each release.
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