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Desktop tab in PROPERTIEs NOW loads hundreds of junk files..

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Anonymous
December 5, 2004 7:25:05 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

OK - To BOTH suggestion messages on another forum: Folder "\web\wallpaper"
had only a few, normal, non-weird files in it and is verified to be correct
path in REGEDIT, although I must wonder why it is in a "/web" folder when we
are talking local DeskTop backgrounds. Either way, I didn't use it as the
repository for my desktop backgrounds, anyway.:-) - I have now loaded in
about 30 BMP's and still have the problem of the [Desktop] Tab in desktop
proprerties loading 2-300 nonsense files + the few remaining in C:/windows.
(The wallpaper for the my Desktop has always "lived" in my "C:/windows"
folder happily for years and the ones I DO use DO reside there ALONG WITH the
new 200-300 items in that long list that NOW (Not last week) finally shows up
after 20 minutes or so under the [Desktop] tab under "display properties"
function (Just right-click on any part of the desktop background image and
click 'properties', then "[Desktop] Tab to see your list.) -- MINE has gone
from 22 items being listed to 200+ ever since (it appears) I tried to install
a "Matrix" style "opening screen" in XP. (simply copying 2 files into
"/windows" directory).. - They have been deleted and system has been
scanned/defragged/adwared/ad nauseam to no avail. Plus is not installed, and
the other 3 directories are empty or clean.

I suspect crosslinking, but there is no "scandisk" in my XP-Home files to
check -
Is that right? - IS there another Program I can check for "cross-links" with??

WHERE doies that [Desktop] Tab GET it's "instructions" whewre to look (other
than the registry entry calling out /web/wallpaper" ? is there an INI I have
missed. When I close the PROPERTIES window manually it reports that
RUNDLL32.EXE (Run dll as an app) is not responding (Of course, it WAS still
loading those 200+ files when stopped ny me)

This IS a weird one, folks!

Tom at KSC
Anonymous
December 6, 2004 11:09:16 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

Desktop Background

Display Properties | Desktop tab

Background:
[[Lists the available background designs you can use to decorate the
desktop. When you click a background name, a preview of your selection is
displayed in the monitor graphic above.]]

*.bmp & *.jpg files located these folders:

C:\Windows
C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper
C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name Here\My Documents\My Pictures
---

To set for *.bmp only...

Use Group Policy Editor if XP Pro.
Start | Run | Type: gpedit.msc | OK |
Navigate to >>>
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop\Active Desktop
Allow only bitmapped wallpaper

[[Permits only bitmap images for wallpaper. This setting limits the desktop
background("wallpaper") to bitmap (.bmp) files. If users select files with
other image formats, such as JPEG, GIF, PNG, or HTML, through the Browse
button on the Desktop tab, the wallpaper does not load.
Files that are autoconverted to a .bmp format, such as JPEG, GIF, and PNG,
can be set as Wallpaper by right-clicking the image and selecting "Set as
Wallpaper".]]
----

Scandisk has been retired. Use Error Checking (chkdsk.exe) in XP.
1. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, right-click the drive you want to
check, and then click Properties.
2. On the Tools tab, click Check Now.
3. Check both boxes:

? Automatically fix file system errors
Runs Chkdsk by using the /f parameter.
[[Specifies whether Windows repairs file-system errors found during disk
checking. All files must be closed for this program to run. If the drive is
currently in use, a message asks if you want to reschedule
the disk checking for the next time you restart your computer. Your drive is
not available to run other tasks while the disk is being checked.]]

? Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
Runs Chkdsk by using the /r parameter.
[[Specifies whether Windows repairs file-system errors found during disk
checking, locates bad sectors, and recovers readable information. All files
must be closed for this program to run. If the drive is currently in use, a
message asks if you want to reschedule the disk checking for the next time
you restart your computer. Your drive is not available to run other tasks
while the disk is being checked. If you select this option, you do not need
to select Automatically fix file system errors. Windows fixes any errors on
the disk.]]

You have to reboot for Error-checking to run.

For a peek at the log.
Open the Event Viewer...
Start | Run | Type: eventvwr | OK
Look in Application | Listed as Information |
Event ID: 1001
Source: Winlogon

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.
Wes

In news:ECF8A330-B47F-458E-B063-F6252170C601@microsoft.com,
Tom_at_KSC <TomatKSC@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
> OK - To BOTH suggestion messages on another forum: Folder
> "\web\wallpaper" had only a few, normal, non-weird files in it and is
> verified to be correct path in REGEDIT, although I must wonder why it
> is in a "/web" folder when we are talking local DeskTop backgrounds.
> Either way, I didn't use it as the repository for my desktop
> backgrounds, anyway.:-) - I have now loaded in about 30 BMP's and
> still have the problem of the [Desktop] Tab in desktop proprerties
> loading 2-300 nonsense files + the few remaining in C:/windows. (The
> wallpaper for the my Desktop has always "lived" in my "C:/windows"
> folder happily for years and the ones I DO use DO reside there ALONG
> WITH the new 200-300 items in that long list that NOW (Not last week)
> finally shows up after 20 minutes or so under the [Desktop] tab under
> "display properties" function (Just right-click on any part of the
> desktop background image and click 'properties', then "[Desktop] Tab
> to see your list.) -- MINE has gone from 22 items being listed to
> 200+ ever since (it appears) I tried to install a "Matrix" style
> "opening screen" in XP. (simply copying 2 files into "/windows"
> directory).. - They have been deleted and system has been
> scanned/defragged/adwared/ad nauseam to no avail. Plus is not
> installed, and the other 3 directories are empty or clean.
>
> I suspect crosslinking, but there is no "scandisk" in my XP-Home
> files to check -
> Is that right? - IS there another Program I can check for
> "cross-links" with??
>
> WHERE doies that [Desktop] Tab GET it's "instructions" whewre to look
> (other than the registry entry calling out /web/wallpaper" ? is there
> an INI I have missed. When I close the PROPERTIES window manually it
> reports that RUNDLL32.EXE (Run dll as an app) is not responding (Of
> course, it WAS still loading those 200+ files when stopped ny me)
>
> This IS a weird one, folks!
>
> Tom at KSC
!