Cant change my desktop background

By 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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by icstuff In reply to Cant change my desktop ba ...

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

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by shalikanegi In reply to Cant change my desktop ba ...


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 will help you in this situation....

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)
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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