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Win XP - Background greyed out in Display Properties

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I am working on a Dell Inspiron 8100 running Win XP.  When I go to Display Properties - Desktop tab, Background and all the options are greyed out.  The only thing I am able to change on this tab is the Color.  Any idea what is causing this?  I tried removing and reinstalling the display driver to reset things but it did not work.  Thank you.
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by:David-Howard
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To restore your greyed out tabs please access the following link.
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Scroll to line 285 and look to the right column.
Download the "Restore All Display Tabs" reg fix.
Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.
As for the cause it could be malware related or their could be a local or group policy set on this pc.
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gopal_krishna earned 500 total points
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I just had this happen to me too. Try this:

Click On start>Run> type Regedit

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

On the right side of the screen, I had an entry called "Wallpaper.htm". Delete it.

My background was then accessible through the display properties.

Good luck.

regards
Gopal Krishna K
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by:marathonman330
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Running the XP tweak did not work but removing the Wallpaper entry did.  Thank you for your help.
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