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Setting Wallpaper Backgrounds

 
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mef



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:29 am    Post subject: Setting Wallpaper Backgrounds Reply with quote

I am no longer able to set Wallpapers backgrounds on my computer. When I right click on the desktop and select properties and select the Background tab it only allows me to select a color. I have no access to the window that allows you to chose a background wallpaper. I have tried a number of times to right click on images and select the Set as Background command but it does not appear on my desktop. I only see the image when it is booting on or off momentarily. Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What version of Windows are you using? Are you logged in with Administrator privileges, or has someone else configured your user login (ie. if you are on a work PC).
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

I'm not sure about "Administrator Privledges"? How do I find this out?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can normally install programs without problems then you have admin rights.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then I have Admin rights...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK. Please try the following:
Arrow Click on Start then Run
Arrow Type in regedit and click OK
Arrow Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
Arrow Delete all the folders under this key
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks...I tried it but it did not work. I deleted a folder that was linked to the "Policies" folder but to no avail. Was this folder (the ones linked to "Policies") the only one I was supposed to delete?

It's as if the system is blocking me from choosing a background. I can only choose a color as a background.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try repeating the steps, but in the third step navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies instead
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help but unfortunately it still does not work. I could always do a "system restoration" but I'd rather not risk that. Everything seems to be working fine so I guess I'll learn to live with it...It's just nerve racking that I can't figure out what could be the problem?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be you have some malware on your system. Why don't you post a hijackthis log for Softie to have a look at?
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