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Hey all.

I'm using XP Pro SP 1a, and I was messing with the GPE.  Now, I think I am missing the Web tab on the Display applet.  It's no big problem, I thought it ws just wacky that even AFTER I reenabled Active Desktop in the GPE that the tab didn't reappear.  I tried using this script, but it didn't work.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/webtabmissing.reg

I even messed with a few reg keys, and that didn't help either.

I have the following tabs in Display Properties:
Themes | Desktop | Screen Saver | Appearance | Settings

Thanks for any help!
~BW
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by:CrazyOne
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Seems like the prudent thing to do is this

HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306084

Log on to Windows as Administrator.
Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system checkpoint in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next. A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page appears.
Click OK.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Nope can't do that.  System Restore is disabled.  It would seem like a simple reg hack...I guess all those other scripts/tips were wrong?
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by:CrazyOne
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>>>I guess all those other scripts/tips were wrong?

Could be. I don't use Active Desktop so I couldn't tell you why it is missing. Without Active Desktop that tab is non existence. I suppose you rebooted. What GPE did you actually invoke?
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Hmm...let me open it up here....
I think it was.... User Config.\Admin. Templates\Desktop\Active Desktop\Disable Active Desktop
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by:CrazyOne
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Well if you disabled Active Destop I don't think that tab will show up.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Right, but if I reenable it...by human logic (not Windows logic)...it should show up again.  By the way, this setting also hides the Active Desktop submenu in the Desktop context menu (when you right click your Desktop).
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by:CrazyOne
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Ok I just know click the ENABLE option in the Disable Active Desktop and no Web tab. Now I will see if I can get it back.
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by:CrazyOne
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Ok I got that tab back after clicking on "Not Configured: in Disable Active Desktop

Did you by chanc make any other changes in the GPE
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Hmm, not that I know of that would driectly deal with this...I'll double check right now....  Well, I'e checked through everything:

See if any of thse have any effect:
***User Config.\Admin. Templates\Windows Components\***

*Do not keep history of recently opened documents is Enabled (dunno why this would have an affect on the Web tab... its under Start Menu and Taskbar)
*Both things under Shared Folders are Disabled

Let me know what happens.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Just a thought: could any services have to do with this?
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by:CrazyOne
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>>>Do not keep history of recently opened documents is Enabled

If doesn't

>>>Just a thought: could any services have to do with this?

I don't think so
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Bleh, I just realized what I've said...ick.  That's just ridiculous...
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by:CrazyOne
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Take a look at this page http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm it has some very good info on what the individual services do.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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So does www.theeldergeek.com  but I don't think it solves our problem, since we both agree that the services have nothing to do with the Web tab.
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by:CrazyOne
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Darn it may come down to this :(

How Do I Do a "Repair Installation"?
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

Repair
How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341

Visual aid to the above procedure
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
Click on How To Run a Repair Install

You May Lose Data or Program Settings After Reinstalling, Repairing, or Upgrading Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;312369

Data Loss May Occur After Reinstalling, Repairing, or Upgrading Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;312368
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Oh no way! :o
I mean, it's no biggie since I never use it...it's just...Windows being Windows I guess?

There has to be something to reverse what I did, because if you can do it, you can usually undo it.
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by:CrazyOne
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Have you doen this

Start > Run sfc /scannow
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by:Dan Fischbach
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You know what...I was just thinking about doing that before you posted it!!
I'll do it now.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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OK...

Ran sfc
Logged off
Logged back in
Set it to Enabled
Logged off
Logged on
Checked Display properties
Set it to Not configured
Logged off
Logged on
Checked Display properties
...
...Still no luck!!!
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by:CrazyOne
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Bummer it was a long shot but sometimes long shots work. I am out of ideas at this point. :(
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Hehe...is this the first time you've been stumped?  The problem is REALLY strange tho....  There HAS to be a registry hack somewhere....
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by:CrazyOne
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>>>There HAS to be a registry hack somewhere....

I agree but I will be darn if I now where it is :)
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Hey...looks like soemone is having the same problem, but with a different tab...
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1077550991
Let me check and see if it happens with another user I have on my computer...
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by:Dan Fischbach
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It's the same for all users.
http://www.theeldergeek.com/desktop_tab_missing_from_display.htm
They are having trouble with the Desktop tab...but their default picture doesn't have a Web tab?!?!  I KNOW I had a Web tab!  Maybe they didn't have the Web view enabled under Folder Options?
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by:CrazyOne
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You know I was looking at that REG file that you posted in your question and it doesn't look like it really has anything to do with that tab. Something is missing.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"ClassicShell"=dword:00000000
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Well, Active Desktop and the Classic view DO have to do with the Web tab.  Having Classic view enabled makes the Web tab disappear.
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by:CrazyOne
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If you mean Classic view in the Folder Option then when I enable Disable Active Desktop I have no Web tab. But when I set the policy to Not configured the Web tab comes back.
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by:CrazyOne
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See what happens if you remove the "NoActiveDesktopChanges"=hex:00,00,00,00
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Yes, I do mean Classic View in the Folder Options, but setting it in either Folder Options or GPE shouldn't make a difference, except GPE doesn't let you change the setting.

Didn't we already esTABlish (hehe!) that the GPE setting for Active Desktop didn't work for me?
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by:Dan Fischbach
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OK, I tried the reg hack you suggested.  No luck.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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OK, if I change [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000

to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000001

I notice the Desktop tab disappears.  Luckily, I can get this back with no problem.  If we could only find out the name of the Web tab....*sigh*
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by:CrazyOne
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Ok I don't have the following registry entries perhaps they could be causing the problem

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000


I kind of doubt it because looking at them they don't seem to be associated with the said tab
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by:Dan Fischbach
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OK, I'll try deleteing them.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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OK, no luck with deleteing the reg keys....
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by:CrazyOne
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When I set the policy and then unset it I didn't see anything directly related in the registry that had to do with this tab. It could be possible the your Display applet has something wrong with it. I am just guessing because I can't reproduce the problem.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Ooook...that's wacky.  Um, how would I fix this?  I already did sfc....
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by:Dan Fischbach
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By the way, did you ever try the remaining two settings?

>>>See if any of thse have any effect:
>>>***User Config.\Admin. Templates\Windows Components\***
>>>*Both things under Shared Folders are Disabled
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by:CrazyOne
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Ummm try this

expand -r TheCDLetter:\WINDOWS\I386\DESK.CP_ C:\any folder other then Windwos or System32
Then double click on desk.cpl
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by:Dan Fischbach
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This is a similar situation, but deals with Windows 95...weird:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;192400
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by:CrazyOne
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>>>Both things under Shared Folders are Disabled

Mine are Non Configured
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Right, but does setting them to Disabled change the Web tab's appearance?
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Well, the Desk.cpl didn't work...and it was located in \I386 not \WINDOWS\I386
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by:CrazyOne
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Sorry about that I have the i396 on my HDD in the windows folder.

At this point I am too tired and can't thimk of any thing more. I need to got to bed.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Well, setting them to Not configured didn't solve it yet...*sigh*

I upped the point total to my max points: 135
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by:Dan Fischbach
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Heh.  Me too.  Good night for now.
Thanks for all your help tonight.
Looks like you actually DO sleep then!

~BW
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:)
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by:Dan Fischbach
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*sigh*

I called one of my clients today to see if she had any problems with her computer.  Among other things, I asked her if she had a Web tab.  She said she did not.  I'm starting to doubt that I even had one, even though something tells me I did.  Plus, you said you had one CrazyOne....
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by:CrazyOne
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Yeah I have on under the  Desktop tab > Customize desktop button.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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I SWEAR there was one under the Display Properties...plus, even if there wasn't one, it's still broken since the Active Desktop option isn't displayed under the Desktop context menu.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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I just asked one of my friends if he had it, and he said no.  Am I getting 9x/ME and XP confused?
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Yeah I think you are getting confused because XP Home and Win2003 server do not have this tab on the main Display windwo.
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The only Web tab is for XP pro, XP home,  WIn2003 is under the dispaly tab after clickin the "Customize Desktop" button.
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by:Dan Fischbach
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AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!
I feel so stupid!!!  LOL!  Man, I am SO sorry for wasting your time.... :'-(  I'll give the points to you because you stuck with me through this...Mods, feel free to earse the stupidity....  Man...sometimes you feel so smart, then you get hung up over stupid stuff, and it drives you nuts....  *sigh*
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:)
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by:BPBEE
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Kinda interesting,

Our Client's Machines do not have the Display tab eather, this happeneds when we run a configuration patch that does not tuch ANY of these settings. i have tryed the Fix's but i still havent been able to retrive the tab.

No one has anything else to add?
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by:Dan Fischbach
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GPE restriction?
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by:jehanzebn
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Copy the following into Notepad and call the file whatever.reg. Double-click the reg file to import into the Regsitry. This will restore all your display tabs.

CODE
*************************************************************************************
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000000
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000
"ClassicShell"=dword:00000000
"NoThemesTab"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispAppearancePage"=dword:00000000
"NoColorChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispSettingsPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"SetVisualStyle"=-

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
"NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000000
************************************************************************************

This is not my code u can find this on this site
http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversion/index.php/t45060.html
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