OS Mountain Lion doesn't have desktop & wallpaper

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  1. NewGuyHere macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, so I upgraded my laptop to OS mountain lion from my previous lion os about a month ago. Recently I noticed that my system preferences is missing the DESKTOP & WALLPAPER setting icon. I was wondering if that is the same for everyone else. Thanks.
     

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  2. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I've got a 'Desktop & Screensaver' setting icon. That is weird indeed.
     
  3. AirThis macrumors 6502a

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  4. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    can someone else hlep me find out what is wrong?
     
  5. Charcoalwerks macrumors regular

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    Go to System Preferences > View. Do you see it in the drop down menu??
     
  6. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    I would guess your ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist file is corrupted.

    Delete this file, OS X will automatically recreate it with default values next time you open System Preferences.

    If you're afraid to delete it just move it somewhere else.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'd be contacting Apple support right about now.

    Otherwise, have you tried a clean install? I bet that'd fix it.
     
  9. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay I deleted it and it still didn't show up when I put it opened it up again.
     
  10. Charcoalwerks macrumors regular

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    I think you need to find this folder (com.apple.preferencepanes.cache) Throw it in the trash and reopen System Preferences.

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    Or try a clean re-install.
     
  11. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    How should I find it? Where is it?

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    I will probably do a reinstall, but about all my programs I have installed, will I have to redownload them or does OS X automatically back them up, sorry I am not very good with macs.
     
  12. Charcoalwerks macrumors regular

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    Finder, choose Go, Go to folder, type ~/Library/Caches hit Go and it's in there.
     
  13. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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  14. bluespaceoddity macrumors regular

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    You're in a different Library.
    Make sure that there is a Tilde ~ before the first / when you type or Copy and Paste it into the Go to Folder Box.

    ~/Library/Caches

    The Tilde indicates your Home folder, where the Library you need resides. (This Library is hidden from view these days)
     
  15. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, the problem is still there. The deleting of that file didn't fix it! :(
     
  16. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    As a quick test, create a second user account, go into system preferences on the new user account. Is it there?
     

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