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I can't change my desktop background

by swazeyr / May 28, 2010 10:11 AM PDT

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600) Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: First International Computer, Inc. VC19 PCB 1.x
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 09/26/2002
Drives Memory Modules c,d
580.36 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
260.12 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Memorex 52MAXX 2452AJ [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6L100P0 [Hard drive] (100.26 GB) -- drive 2, s/n L207NW5H, rev BAH41G10, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD1600JB-00EVA0 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WMAEK2859669, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAV21341944, rev 01.03E01, SMART Status: Healthy 1024 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM1' has 512 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' has 512 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 2) 100.25 GB 15.97 GB free
g: (NTFS on drive 1) 4.85 GB 2.76 GB free
h: (NTFS on drive 1) 155.19 GB 13.50 GB free
i: (NTFS on drive 0) 320.07 GB 227.89 GB free

When I right click on the desktop and select properties and click the desktop tab, I can't change the background picture (BTW, I just want a solid color background). I can click the color flydown and apply a new color, but that doesn't affect the current desktop. On reboot, the rebooting, the new background color appears until late in the boot process when the background whites out.

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Re: changing desktop color.
by Kees Bakker / May 28, 2010 5:51 PM PDT

Make a new Windows user and try it there. If success, transfer your files and settings and move over permanently.

That's the recommended solution for corrupted user profiles, which could be the case here. tells how.


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new profile
by swazeyr / June 1, 2010 9:05 PM PDT

I made a new user profile with administrator privileges.
This profile can change the background color, but the controls for wallpaper patterns and pictures are not working. Customise desktop shows a general tab only, no web tab.

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Re: new profile
by Tufenuf / June 2, 2010 12:14 AM PDT
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Roy, To restore the Web tab go to the link below, scroll down to line 177 (left column) and click on or right click and choose Save target as the "Restore the Web Tab - Display Properties" reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

You may also want to go to the link below and under the letter "W" - "Wallpaper - Desktop - Disable Changing" click on the underscored "Allow Wallpaper/Background Changes" and download rhe reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.


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missing web tab
by fdv2 / June 2, 2010 10:19 AM PDT
In reply to: new profile
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plain color returns
by swazeyr / June 2, 2010 9:47 PM PDT
In reply to: missing web tab

I hesitate to use a fix that doesn't specifically apply to XP home.
I deleted two registry keys that said no wallpaper change. I have control of desktop color and wallpaper again, YAY! I really prefer to have a plain blue background, so I am good to go. I will probably look at getting the web tab back in customise desktop. I guess I used to have one.

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Re: plain color returns
by Tufenuf / June 3, 2010 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: plain color returns

swazeyr, The fixes at the kellys-korner web site are applicable to both Windows XP Home and Pro. It's probably the best and most trustworthy XP site on the Internet.


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