Was that Display Properties>Desktop Tab ? (right click desktop.) The list of backgrounds is missing, or greyed out ? Or is the whole window greyed out ?
I'm being driven insane by this. An office laptop running XP Home was riddled with malware - spyfighter, pcadprotector, CSW.HomeSearch etc. I've managed to remove them all after a full day of hassle but I'm still left with a frustrating issue in that I cannot adjust the desktop background. The properties box is greyed out for backgrounds. We have a simple peer to peer network (workgroup in fact) and no internal security or policies. What can I do before I throw the thing out of the window?