Right click on an empty part of the desktop and choose properties.
Find the tab where the screensaver is defined, and set it to None or the screensaver of your choice. Press OK?
Then find the tab where the wallpaper is defined, and set it to None or the wallpaper of your choice. Press OK?
I don't have Windows ME, so I can't give more precise descriptions. Youi might try the Win ME forum, if you need so.
I can't help you with the fading icons, I'm afraid.
Windows M E suddenly has fading icons and folders.Icons alonside START in bottom taskbar and folders in File/Open or File/save. So are all icons flow on from programs/documents in start. Also have downloaded a picture in screensaver when I wanted it in wallpaper. Sort of newbie looking for help!