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#1 cosmos9

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 06:23 AM

Hi,

I have problems changing my windows theme and desktop wallpaper.

When I right click on the desktop and click "Properties", nothing appears. I have tried accessing from Control Panel->Appearance and Themes, but it does not work as well.

In fact, I can use "Choose a screen saver" and "Change the screen resolution" options and the display properties will appear. However, when I click on either the "Themes" or "Desktop" tabs, the window will just close by itself.

What can I do about this? Thank you in advance =)

Edited by rigel, 13 February 2009 - 09:12 AM.
Moved to a more appropriate forum ~ rigel


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Posted 14 February 2009 - 08:45 PM

Have you done any virus scans?
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Posted 19 February 2009 - 07:40 AM

Hi Budapest,

Yes I have already done a full virus scan using zone alarm but nothing comes out and the problem is still there.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:30 PM

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Enable the Appearance Tab - Display - #282 on the left.

Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.

With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.
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Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:45 PM

Hi Budapest,

I have followed your instructions and used the appearancetab.reg file, but it did not solve the problem. What else can I try to fix this?

Thank you for your kind help.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 11:14 PM

Right click on the desktop and select Properties > Desktop tab > Customise Desktop button > Web tab. If there is an entry there besides "My Current Home Page" delete it and then click OK.
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 06:44 AM

Hmm..that was my problem to start with.. I couldn't access the menu when I right click on desktop and select properties=)
Nothing happens after I select properties..

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 04:05 PM

Try Kelly's Korner again.

Restore Right Click Properties - #203 on the right.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:32 AM

I've tried that too, but it still doesn't work. Any other things I can try? =)

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:46 PM

Can you access the Display Properties by going Start > Control Panel > Display?
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:14 AM

Nope, it is still the same as described before. I tried accessing it from control panel but it does not work.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:33 PM

Go Start > Run and type "regedit"

Then navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Look for the entries NoDispAppearancePage and NoDispBackgroundPage. If they have 1 as their values, set them to 0.

Before you start messing in the registry it is a good idea to create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:10 AM

Hi Budapest, I've looked up the registry entries and there were only 2 entries under the path that you provided: Default and NoDispAppearancePage. Of which, the former has no value set and the latter is set to 0. Is this the cause of my problem?

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 04:26 PM

What happens if you go Ctrl-Alt-Delete > Task Manager > File > New Task and type "explorer".
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 12:06 AM

I was brought to "My Documents" after doing that.




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