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How do I eliminate the wallpaper on my desktop?

How do I eliminate the wallpaper on my desktop?  When I go into Properties, and Desktop, the only thing I can do is change the color but the wallpaper stays the same.

Please help!
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Ashish PatelCommented:
In Desktop tab there is a background list box, select None in that at the top and apply.
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itquestionsCommented:
If you have selected none and are still having problems removing it, there is some corruption. Ironically, I just  helped one of my users with this issue.  I had to turn off Active Desktop, change the theme, and then set everything back.
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MereteCommented:
Hi is this xp home or pro?
Are you an administrator?
Did you have some spyware recently or have you checked for any spyware?
1. Download HijackThis from here.
http://www.hijackthis.de/ 
The application comes in an archive and you will have to extract and save it in a permanent folder such as C:\HJT.
2. Run the program and click the "Do a system scan and save a log file" button.
3. Locate the file called hijackthis.log in the same folder where you saved the application and copy/paste its contents onto >>http://www.hijackthis.de/ 
hit analyse
 will take you over to the page that shows your analysed log.
then re-run and fix.

When you attempt to change your desktop wallpaper in Windows XP, the option is missing form Display Properties or is unavailable (dimmed).
The behavior can occur when you remove malware from your computer, if one or more registry Value Names are set to hide or lock display settings

Allow Wallpaper/Background Changes - Disable
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm
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livewirewebsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Hi Merete,

My problem is the latter.  In Desktop -  Background, Browse and Stretch are dimmed.  I have changed to 0 in HKEY_CURRENT_USER and it didn't change the problem.  However, when I go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE the ActiveDesktop is not in the Policies folder.  ??

Dave
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MereteCommented:
Hi Dave, did you check the OS rsystem with hijackthis?
Do you know of any action you may have done or when this started?
The othet experts have offered some tips and I have asked you a  couple of questions,
what is your responses?
We need this to progress  and what course to take.

You wish to eliminate the wall paper, are you under any group policies on a server... client ?
have you tried safemode?
Thank you please anwer all our question.
Cheers merete



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livewirewebsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Hi Merete,

Yes, I did use hijackthis.  Followed all steps and nothing was resolved.  Nice program though.
Sorry, I don't know of any action I could have taken to cause this.
As per selecting None is the Desktop tab...I can't because it's dimmed out.
I am not under any group policies.

I will try safe mode and get back to you.

Regards,
Dave
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livewirewebsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Hi again,

I just tried in Safe Mode and the result was the same.

Dave
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itquestionsCommented:
If the options are dimmed, I wonder if the local group policy for that system has a specific background selected.  We play jokes sometimes and change the local gpo to a background like "wonder dog" or other cartoon type images.  This prevents the user(s) from changing anything.  At the run prompt, type gpmc.msc and check the local computer/user policy for the background.
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livewirewebsolutionsAuthor Commented:
In the run prompt it says:  "Windows cannot find gpmc.msc"
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itquestionsCommented:
Sorry, try gpedit.msc
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livewirewebsolutionsAuthor Commented:
same thing
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itquestionsCommented:
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MereteCommented:
could you send us a snapshot :)

may cut the chase
did you use asvforce: suggestion?
 In Desktop tab there is a background list box, select None in that at the top and apply

Also r/click the desktop properties>desktop>customise desktop>WEB
what is ticked in here?
my current homepage?
lock the desktop?

This your account on your computer?
Are you runing xp home?

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MereteCommented:
what was the results of hyjackthis can we see your log please?

You are unable to set your desktop wallpaper to a picture. You can access the Desktop settings in Display Properties, but the Background list is disabled. If you right-click a picture and select Set as Desktop Background, nothing happens.

This problem often occurs after a virus or spyware maliciously changes Windows security settings.

http://www.the-pc-guru.com/Cannot_change_desktop_wallpa.php
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livewirewebsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Genius Merete.

I used the link you provided and did the following.

Method 1

    * Click to download the file dwpfix.reg
    * Run the file
    * Respond Yes to the prompt to merge the file with the registry.

Problem solved.

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MereteCommented:
Thank you livewirewebsolutions glad you got it sorted finally.
Cheers Merete
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