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Problem Changing Wallpaper Too.


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#1 colton

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Posted 13 August 2006 - 06:40 PM

I can't seem to get any wallpaper to show up on my screen. In the box marked "background", everything is grayed out and I can't select anything. I tried everything I can think of. I tried looking at all the tabs on the menu at the top, customize desktop (I didn't change anything there or at "settings" in the menu). I even tried scanning for viruses, spyware, and malware. Nothing helps. Please help!

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Posted 13 August 2006 - 08:08 PM

You can try the tweak at Kelly's Korner. Scroll down to line 142 on the right. Right-click on the "Allow Wallpaper /Background Changes" link and choose "save as" with the destination as your desktop. Then double-click the file and answer "yes" to allow it to be entered. Then restart. (The file should have an icon that looks like this.)

Edited by Herk, 13 August 2006 - 08:08 PM.


#3 colton

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 06:44 PM

I tried that, and still nothing.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 02:38 PM

This isn't a work computer or anything is it? Are there other people that use the computer (any way they could lock out the permissions for you to be able to do that?)

Were you able to do it at one time, and now no longer? Or never able to do it?

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 02:45 PM

Have you installed any 3rd party programs that edit the themes/appearence of your desktop, such as WindowsBlinds or StarDock? I installed blinds on my box a long time ago, and it screwed over my appearence and the ability to change it back to default. I don't remember how i corrected it though, sorry.

#6 colton

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 06:24 PM

This my personal laptop. I use it to surf the net and play games. No one else uses it but me. Up until about two weeks ago I was able to change the wallpaper, but one day I tried to and found out I wasn't able to.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 06:31 PM

I tried that, and still nothing.



Maybe you tried the Kelly fix like this individual did.

http://phorums.com.au/archive/index.php/t-157186.html

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 06:42 PM

I already tried that, but thanks anyway. And no, Heretic Monkey, I did not install any 3rd party programs.

Edited by colton, 16 August 2006 - 06:44 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:37 AM

Can you right click an image from a web browser and Set as Background? Or is that grayed out too?

Edited by zerorelation, 17 August 2006 - 10:37 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:37 PM

That I can do. Right now I created another account on windows and use that. I can select wallpapers there.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:10 AM

Is your first account one with administrator rights? Or is it a limited account?

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 06:25 PM

Both of my accounts have administrator rights.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 11:11 PM

What have you done as far as malware scans?

I suggest Spybot and Adaware for starts, and then a few of the online scans.

Here are a few anti-malware aps that are highly recommended:

Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware
http://www.lavasoft.com/
Click on Adaware SE Personal in “Products” on the left side of the page
Or it may be easier to find it here:
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1


Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion. (absolutely necessary)

Microsoft Windows Defender
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)

Ewido Antispyware Free
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/20/lng/us/tpl/v5

SpywareBlaster:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

And here are a few on-line scans (You must use IE with Active X enabled)

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these as they require ActiveX to function.)

Panda Activescan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
http://www.pandasoftware.com/products/activescan.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx.

Avast Online scan
http://onlinescan.avast.com/

F Secure online scan
http://support.f-secure.com/ols/start.html

Ewido Online scan
http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/

Trojan scans –
Sygate Trojanscan
http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html


Windows Security Trojanscan
http://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:
http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp

Parasite scan from Aumha:
http://www.aumha.org/a/noads.php
or here:
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/noads2.htm

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:02 PM

I did a malware scan several times even a virus scan. I'm wondering if I did something with the settings since i can change the wallpaper on my other account.




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