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Display Properties Doesn't Display Properties

Posted on 2007-12-02
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Heres a capture of my Display Properties window http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/369/desktoppropertiesro4.jpg


Notice it is showing the desktop theme, which I didnt use to do and it doesnt have all the other tabs to access the various options which I use to have.

I suppose the questions obvious -- how do I fix it?
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by:and235100
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Try running sfc /scannow from a command prompt as an Administrator:
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
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Or - try:

Line 187 Restore Classic Theme/Restore Luna Theme
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
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by:and235100
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And:

Line 227 Restore/Enable Screensaver Tab Settings/Display
Line 282 Enable the Appearance Tab - Display
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Or better:

Line 285  Restore All Display Tabs
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
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by:houston
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>Try running sfc /scannow from a command prompt as an Administrator:
>http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

I tried that. No help.  

Moving to your next suggestion.

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by:houston
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Line 285  Restore All Display Tabs
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

When I try to run that I get this:

http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/4816/error1ci3.jpg
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by:houston
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>Also, scan with . . .

I scan regularly with BitDefender.  Is there some reason why this product should be better?
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by:houston
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>Line 285  Restore All Display Tabs
>http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

I got this to work by dropping the .reg file on RegEdit.  The add was successful but it had no effect on the problem.
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by:orangutang
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If .reg files don't open correctly when you double-click them, you can run "regedit", click the "File", click "Import...", and double-click the .reg file.
I didn't know if you had already scanned with an antivirus program but it wouldn't hurt to scan with something else. Also, try Dial-a-fix.
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Oh, never mind about the regedit thing.
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When this issue begins?

Try this, Rename:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies

keys to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies.old
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies.old
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies.old
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies.old

Reboot (or kill and restart "explorer.exe") and try again. If tabs does not appear, rename the changed keys again to the original ones because the problem is not a "policy issue".


then this:
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by:avatar-e
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With more precision, I can tell you the keys involved in your problem (DWORDs with value: 1 to "disable" functionality)
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispCPL

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispAppearancePage

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispBackgroundPage

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispScrSavPage

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispSettingsPage

Open in new window

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by:and235100
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You could always try a repair install:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/tips/doug92.mspx

As long as this isn't a malware issue - then you can guarantee that this will fix the problem - it will take around 25 minutes, and you may not have to reinstall any of your programs - but you will need to re-check and download critical windows updates...

The repair may seem quite drastic - but if you want a quick, no-nonsense fix - then that is it.

As the registry fixes didn;t work - then I suggest that you at least had a malware issue - and it messed with your registry settings - as well as the desktop.
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by:houston
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I haven't had time to get back to this.  It may be tomorrow (Tuesday).
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by:houston
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to avatar-e:

I checked HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system

The only entries are:
(Default)              not set
dontdisplaylastusername      0
legalnoticecaption      (blank)
legalnoticetext            (blank)
shutdownwithoutlogon      1
undockwithoutlogon      1

None of these entries were there.
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispCPL
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispAppearancePage
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispBackgroundPage
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispScrSavPage
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispSettingsPage

Were you suggesting I add them?
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by:houston
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To sramesh2k

That page is a little confusing, but I ran the script showalldisplaytabs-xp.vbs.  

It didn't help.
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by:avatar-e
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You tried with the CURRENT_USER ones?
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by:houston
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To sramesh2k

I was wrong.  Apparently that did fix it.  
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by:houston
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Thanks
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Glad that worked, houston.
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