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I'm having problems on one of our machines, running windows xp, where the wallpaper does not want to show up.
The background is all blue and when I right click and go to properties, under Theme, I see 'modified theme'. No matter how many times I change it to Windows XP Theme, the background stays blue, and when I go back into properties it is back to Modified Theme.
I also tried going into the desktop tab and selecting any other background but none of them work. I can see the thumbnails and see the way it's supposed to look but the background doesn't change.
I also notice that the windows XP backgrounds like: moon, fish, friend, blue, are not even in the list anymore.

What I've tried:
I tried this solution here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921049/en-us - didn't work
I tried also going into the group policy editor and followed instructions to disable/enable stuff there but none of that made a change either.

I cannot use System Restore because I've just done way too much work and changes that would be lost.

I just need to get the background image to show up!
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by:sweetcaro
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PS: I also notice that the 'Web' tab under Customize Desktop is now missing.
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by:Pixies21
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Couple questions...

Are you logging in as administrator?
Have you tried logging in as a different user and seeing if the desktop wallpaper can change?
If it works with another user, you may have a corrupt profile and may need to rebuild it.

Have you tried doing a right-click on an image and do a "Set as desktop background"?
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by:sweetcaro
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Yes I'm logged in as administrator.
Yes I tried creating another user account, same problem.
Just tried the Set as desktop background, nothing changes.
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Next step I suggest is run SFC /scannow from the run command.  Something is most likely corrupt with explorer.exe.
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by:Pixies21
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You may also try going here http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/downloads/
 
Download and run cleandesktop.exe and it can fix explorer.exe issues.
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by:sweetcaro
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SFC /scannow will not work without the original windows cd which I don't have. I inserted a windows XP cd but it's not working.

and I downloaded the cleandesktop app but that didn't make a difference either :(
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by:sweetcaro
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I finally got a hold of a windows CD that matched and this solution worked!
It fixed the wallpaper after running SFC and rebooting.
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