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My band director is not the most knowledgable person when it come to computers, and usually he comes to either my drum major, who knows much more than I do about computers to fix his usually quite simple problems. However in this seemingly simple issue we both seem to think to do the same thing to fix it and have no idea what else to do. We're using the display properties settings, and also the control panel > system> advanced tab> performance> click use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.

The icon backgrounds are still dark blue, and change to whichever color I change the desktop properties color to, just will not go transparent. If anyone has another way to fix this problem it would be greatly appreciated, and not to mention get me some huge brownie points!

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Make sure Active Desktop is not turned on.
IIRC, Active Desktop is turned on if you try to use a GIF as the background.
it happens for me when i choose a background that will make the icons too hard to read, so try changing his background i guess...
Alright thanks for the help, so far no luck, but I'm going to keep messing around with it, if you come up with more ideas shoot them my way if you don't mind.
Besides what you did for ensuring that drop shadows is selected, right click an empty area of the desktop, select "arrange Icons" and ensure that there is no check next to "Lock Web Items on Desktop"
Alright I figured it out, the active desktop was trying to display a GIF which was causing the said proble to existm, thanks for the help.
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