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Cant change my desktop background

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Cant change my desktop background

maryunger3
About 2 weeks ago I lost my ability to change my desktop background. If I went properties, desktop the browse button is grey and Im not able to click on any of the choices at the left. Anyways I went to differet sites the told me to do this to my registry:
hkey_software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\polices\system and delete wallpaper values from 1 to 0 and do the same anywhere else in the registry but the value was 0 then delete Nochangingwallpaper anywhere in registy. well that didn't work any ideas?
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    icstuff

    Do a spyware/virus search, there is one of those things around that does that.

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    shalikanegi

    Solution

    Click to download the file dwpfix.reg
    Run the file
    Respond Yes to the prompt to merge the file with the registry.

    it worked for me

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    Repair Install
    If XP is corrupted to the point where none of the previous solutions get it to boot,
    you can do a Repair Install that might work as well as keep the current settings.
    Make sure you have your valid WindowsXP key.
    The whole process takes about half an hour depending on your computer
    If you are being prompted for the administrator's password, you need to choose the 2nd repair option, not the first.
    1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD
    2.At the second R=Repair option, press the R key
    3.This will start the repair
    4.Press F8 for I Agree at the Licensing Agreement
    5.Press R when the directory where WindowsXP is installed is shown. Typically this is C:\WINDOWS
    6.It will then check the C: drive and start copying files
    7.It will automatically reboot when needed. Keep the CD in the drive.
    8.You will then see the graphic part of the repair that is like during a normal install of XP (Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, Finalizing Installation)
    9.When prompted, click on the Next button
    10.When prompted, enter your XP key
    11.Normally you will want to keep the same Workgroup or Domain name
    12.The computer will reboot
    13.Then you will have the same screens as a normal XP Install
    14.Activate if you want (usually a good idea)
    15.Register if you want (but not necessary)
    16.Finish
    17.At this point you should be able to log in with any existing accounts.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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    icstuff

    Do a spyware/virus search, there is one of those things around that does that.

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    shalikanegi

    Solution

    Click to download the file dwpfix.reg
    Run the file
    Respond Yes to the prompt to merge the file with the registry.

    it worked for me

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    0 Votes

    Repair Install
    If XP is corrupted to the point where none of the previous solutions get it to boot,
    you can do a Repair Install that might work as well as keep the current settings.
    Make sure you have your valid WindowsXP key.
    The whole process takes about half an hour depending on your computer
    If you are being prompted for the administrator's password, you need to choose the 2nd repair option, not the first.
    1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD
    2.At the second R=Repair option, press the R key
    3.This will start the repair
    4.Press F8 for I Agree at the Licensing Agreement
    5.Press R when the directory where WindowsXP is installed is shown. Typically this is C:\WINDOWS
    6.It will then check the C: drive and start copying files
    7.It will automatically reboot when needed. Keep the CD in the drive.
    8.You will then see the graphic part of the repair that is like during a normal install of XP (Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, Finalizing Installation)
    9.When prompted, click on the Next button
    10.When prompted, enter your XP key
    11.Normally you will want to keep the same Workgroup or Domain name
    12.The computer will reboot
    13.Then you will have the same screens as a normal XP Install
    14.Activate if you want (usually a good idea)
    15.Register if you want (but not necessary)
    16.Finish
    17.At this point you should be able to log in with any existing accounts.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.