Preferences app launches fine and all but one prefs pane work well -- the Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane yields the following message:

"Preferences Error. Could not load Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane."

I have tried deleting the com.apple.systempreferences.plist file and re-starting. I have also restored this file from a Time Machine backup. And I repaired permissions. Nothing helped.

Any suggestions appreciated.

  • What is it in your Desktop + Screen Saver that it does not likes? – Ruskes Apr 8 '15 at 22:18
  • Good question, Buscar! Wish I knew. – jconcord Apr 8 '15 at 22:59
  • do you have any custom stuff in screen saver? do you have any custom desktops ? Turn desktop in to solid colors. – Ruskes Apr 8 '15 at 23:17
  • Try creating a new user and see if you get the issue there. – Kevin Grabher Apr 8 '15 at 23:55
  • Buscar, no custom stuff other than wallpaper, which seems to be fine. Can't change desktop to solid color because can't get to Pref Pane. – jconcord Apr 9 '15 at 2:14


Deleted the file desktoppicture.db located in user/library/applicationsupport/dock. Then re-started. This restored the default wallpaper.

Even though my previous wallpaper displayed without issue, it apparently caused a problem for the Desktop & Screen Saver Prefs. I checked the jpg and it wasn't corrupt.

If I pick another image for my wallpaper the Prefs error returns, but at least for now everything is stable!

Many thanks to Kevin G. and Buscar for the suggestions.

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