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My Desktop Properties Change

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#1 E86


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Posted 27 June 2005 - 10:24 AM

I share my computer with two other people in my family. Yesterday I noticed that if I put a desktop background on my computer from the internet, it changes my sister's to the same thing, and vice versa. Saved pictures and the backgrounds the computer comes with don't do this, however. Also, the third user on our computer doesn't have this problem, and her settings are all ok.

The other thing that I see on my my account and my sister's is that under properties, under desktop, under background, in addition to a list of all the backgrounds the computer comes with, evey one of my pictures saved under "My Pictures" appears as an option as well. On my account it's all of my saved pictures, and on my sister's it's all of hers.

Besides the background changing between the two accounts, and a now extremly long list of every possible file that can be used as a background, i haven't seen any other problems yet. Just for the heck of it, i ran Spysweeper and Norton AntiVirus, and nothing came up.

It's really annoying, however, to have my settings change. Thank you if you can help.

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 08:39 PM

This is a Windows XP machine? What SP level? Do you install the Windows Updates?
What type of User accounts are the three users?

I'm not sure what your problem is but if you give us more info others may be able to help. :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:56 PM

My computer is a Windows XP, all three accounts are set as administartor, I do install Windows updates, and I'm not sure what you mean by SP level or how to figure out what mine is.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 05:45 PM

My computer is a Windows XP, all three accounts are set as administartor, I do install Windows updates, and I'm not sure what you mean by SP level or how to figure out what mine is.

Hey! You say >> all three accounts are set as administartor <<

That is a very bad idea. For security sake there should be only one administrator, two at the most, and the admin accounts should limit their use of the internet to the bare minimum.

Set up limited accounts and use those for scurrying around on the net instead of loging on as an administrator.

Make sure that automatic windows updates is enabled so that you dont have to go rushing around looking for them.

You say >> I'm not sure what you mean by SP level or how to figure out what mine is.<<

SP Level is in reference to the two "Service Packs" that microsoft has released to help patch up win XP. Service Packs are like major overhauls to XP.

I do not know the best way to find out if you have SP1, or SP2 installed, however whenever I go into safe mode it tells me that I have SP2 installed. Check out the corners of your safe mode screen and see if it says anything.

You might rush on over to "Microsoft Baseline Security" and run a security sweep of your system too. That will tell you what security issues, if any, you might have, and recommend what to do to fix them.

Hope that some of this helps you. Bye Wendy
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Posted 28 June 2005 - 06:19 PM

To check your service pack:

control panel>> double click system>> Window should come up on the near top it will say

Microsoft windows xp
Home Edition
Version [here]
Service pack [here]

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