Frequently, it occurs because of malware.. If you're using XP Pro, follow the instructions in the link below:
If you're using Windows XP HOME, then click Start-Run, enter "regedit". Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\System folder. Look in the right-hand pane for a value named "NoDispBackgroundPage". Double-click it and change its value from 1 to 0.
If no such registry entry is listed there, then check in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer key/folder for a value named "ClassicShell". If there, as above, set the value to 0.
After making the changes above, also fix the same values, if they are incorrect, at both of the registry locations below.
After making the changes, restart the computer.
And because malware can cause such issues, if you haven't already, download, install, update, then run a full system scan with BOTH of the free tools below:
SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool
Hope this helps.
I have a COMPAQ Presario 6000 running XP v 5.1 with the Service Pack 3 update. When I go to the desktop and right click and go to properties, I don't even get a desktop tab. I have Themes, Screen Saver, Appearance, and Settings. How do I retrieve that desktop tab. I am getting tired of looking at this butterfly!!
Any help will be much appreciated
thanks in advance