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Windows XP Wallpaper Won't Display

On our Dell Vestro 200 desktop we have Windows XP. We can not get our Wallpaper to show. We right click on screen and properties, desktop, select a picture which appears on tab, when clicking on apply, nothing happens. When we use Windows Explorer and bring up a picture (jpeg) and set it as Wallpaper again nothing happens. Our screen is blank, except for icons. Also when selecting a screen saver, it will revert to a generic. Any advice? Did a virus & rootkit scan. There where some, now none.

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Let's try that Privacy Protection item.
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Privacy Tab - Windows XP Home Edition, Wallpaper Missing

Bob, we have no privacy protection box on the desktop tab. We only have a Lock Desktop box which is unchecked. Can you tell me where is the box following these instructions ? Appreciate your help as I think you are on the right track. DilbertE

? Right click on desktop
? Select "Properties"
? Select "Desktop" tab
? click "Customize Desktop"
? Select "Web" tab
? Make sure "Privacy Protection" is unchecked
? Make sure that "Lock Desktop Items is unchecked

? Click "OK", then "Apply"

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privacy tab

You are a genius thank you this helped massively Love

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Windows XP Wallpaper Doesn't Display

Bob, Works now. Through your help instead of post 11 I tried post 7's suggestion and ran
regsvr32 /i shimgvw.dll
regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

Now Wallpaper works fine. Thanks Again

DilbertE

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Any idea how those became unregistered?

But glad it was that one. Sadly the clues were sparse.
Bob

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Windows XP Wallpaper Problem

Bob - This desktop is used by family & friends. Someone is usually tweaking or downloading something. I think some malware got in and damaged the registry. I now backed up desktop with Norton's Ghost and will do it regularily. Installed new anti virus, up to date on Windows fixes. Thanks again for leading me to this fix. DilbertE

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Good clues (malware).
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Windows XP Wallpaper doesn't display

Thanks Bob, didn't work. Seems that both jpg and bmps do not work. The registry fixes suggested did not apply. Both methods of displaying wallpaper did not work, right click, properties, display tab and by bringing up picture using windows explorer and set as wallpaper failed. Seems mi picture show when browsing the display tab but do not come up as wallpaper when appling either jpg or bmp format. Any more suggestions appreciated. DilbertE

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Can I be blunt?

I can rarely guess which registry key is blocking this if that's it. This means you'll have to start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \
Policies \ Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft\ Windows \ CurrentVersion \
Policies \ Explorer

If you don't want to research what you find in each key, export both and paste in a reply here.

This is where I find many of the NO words that malware can drop on Windows.
Good hunting,
Bob

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Windows XP Wallpaper doesn't display

Hope this is what you asked exported.

Key Name: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 2/27/2011 - 4:25 PM
Name: HonorAutoRunSetting
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x1

Value 1
Name: NoCDBurning
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x0

Value 2
Name: NoDriveAutoRun
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x3ffffff

Value 3
Name: NoDriveTypeAutoRun
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x143

Value 4
Name: NoDrives
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x0

Key Name: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 2/27/2011 - 4:25 PM
Value 0
Name: NoDriveTypeAutoRun
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x143

Value 1
Name: NoDriveAutoRun
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x3ffffdf

Value 2
Name: NoDrives
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0x0

Thanks
DilbertE

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