Desktop Wallpaper is not showing

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!
sweetcaroAsked:
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Pixies21Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Next step I suggest is run SFC /scannow from the run command.  Something is most likely corrupt with explorer.exe.
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sweetcaroAuthor Commented:
PS: I also notice that the 'Web' tab under Customize Desktop is now missing.
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Pixies21Commented:
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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sweetcaroAuthor Commented:
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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Pixies21Commented:
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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sweetcaroAuthor Commented:
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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sweetcaroAuthor Commented:
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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