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April 15, 2005 1:52:53 PM

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Got hit by about:blank virus on my XP Home machine. Got rid of the
virus but it made some changes to the registry that I cannot seem to
undo. When I go to change the wallpaper, the default Windows selections
(Zapotec, Water Color, etc) are greyed out and can't be picked. I tried
clicking on a web graphic, save as background, but it doesn't let me do
that either. I've changed a couple of registry values but it didn't
change anything. Can anyone help?

Bucky
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April 15, 2005 2:03:31 PM

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<buckyno2@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1113583973.507252.86870@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Got hit by about:blank virus on my XP Home machine. Got rid of the
> virus but it made some changes to the registry that I cannot seem to
> undo. When I go to change the wallpaper, the default Windows
> selections
> (Zapotec, Water Color, etc) are greyed out and can't be picked. I
> tried
> clicking on a web graphic, save as background, but it doesn't let me
> do
> that either. I've changed a couple of registry values but it didn't
> change anything. Can anyone help?
>
> Bucky
>


Hi Bucky,

You will need to edit the registry. Start>Run and type

regedit

Navigate to the following key:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

In the right-hand pane, delete "NoChangingWallPaper"

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William
April 15, 2005 10:18:01 PM

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No dice William. Same problem. All choices are greyed out. I went to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
- Wallpaper and typed in a jpg file location and it does show up but I
don't want to have to go into the registry every time I want to change
wallpapers.

WTC (remove) wrote:
> <buckyno2@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1113583973.507252.86870@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> > Got hit by about:blank virus on my XP Home machine. Got rid of the
> > virus but it made some changes to the registry that I cannot seem
to
> > undo. When I go to change the wallpaper, the default Windows
> > selections
> > (Zapotec, Water Color, etc) are greyed out and can't be picked. I
> > tried
> > clicking on a web graphic, save as background, but it doesn't let
me
> > do
> > that either. I've changed a couple of registry values but it didn't
> > change anything. Can anyone help?
> >
> > Bucky
> >
>
>
> Hi Bucky,
>
> You will need to edit the registry. Start>Run and type
>
> regedit
>
> Navigate to the following key:
> HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
>
> In the right-hand pane, delete "NoChangingWallPaper"
>
> --
> William
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Anonymous
April 16, 2005 1:19:51 AM

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<buckyno2@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> WTC (remove) wrote:
>> <buckyno2@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>> news:1113583973.507252.86870@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
>> > Got hit by about:blank virus on my XP Home machine. Got rid of the
>> > virus but it made some changes to the registry that I cannot seem
> to
>> > undo. When I go to change the wallpaper, the default Windows
>> > selections
>> > (Zapotec, Water Color, etc) are greyed out and can't be picked. I
>> > tried
>> > clicking on a web graphic, save as background, but it doesn't let
> me
>> > do
>> > that either. I've changed a couple of registry values but it didn't
>> > change anything. Can anyone help?
>> >
>>
>>
>> Hi Bucky,
>>
>> You will need to edit the registry. Start>Run and type
>>
>> regedit
>>
>> Navigate to the following key:
>> HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
>>
>> In the right-hand pane, delete "NoChangingWallPaper"
>>
> No dice William. Same problem. All choices are greyed out. I went to
> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General
> - Wallpaper and typed in a jpg file location and it does show up but I
> don't want to have to go into the registry every time I want to change
> wallpapers.
>


Was there an entry at
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
"NoChangingWallPaper" in the right-hand pane?

Check at
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
"NoChangingWallPaper" in the right-hand pane.

Check at HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Delete "Wallpaper" and "WallPaperStyle" in the right-hand pane.

Check at HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Delete "Wallpaper" and "WallPaperStyle" in the right-hand pane.

--
William
Anonymous
April 16, 2005 1:42:49 AM

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"WTC" <bcrawfordjr(remove)@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> <buckyno2@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1113614281.828164.269150@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>> WTC (remove) wrote:
>>> <buckyno2@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>>> news:1113583973.507252.86870@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
>>> > Got hit by about:blank virus on my XP Home machine. Got rid of the
>>> > virus but it made some changes to the registry that I cannot seem
>> to
>>> > undo. When I go to change the wallpaper, the default Windows
>>> > selections
>>> > (Zapotec, Water Color, etc) are greyed out and can't be picked. I
>>> > tried
>>> > clicking on a web graphic, save as background, but it doesn't let
>> me
>>> > do
>>> > that either. I've changed a couple of registry values but it
>>> > didn't
>>> > change anything. Can anyone help?
>>> >
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi Bucky,
>>>
>>> You will need to edit the registry. Start>Run and type
>>>
>>> regedit
>>>
>>> Navigate to the following key:
>>> HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
>>>
>>> In the right-hand pane, delete "NoChangingWallPaper"
>>>
>> No dice William. Same problem. All choices are greyed out. I went to
>> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet
>> Explorer\Desktop\General
>> - Wallpaper and typed in a jpg file location and it does show up but
>> I
>> don't want to have to go into the registry every time I want to
>> change
>> wallpapers.
>>
>
>
> Was there an entry at
> HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
> "NoChangingWallPaper" in the right-hand pane?
>
> Check at
> HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
> "NoChangingWallPaper" in the right-hand pane.
>
> Check at
> HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
> Delete "Wallpaper" and "WallPaperStyle" in the right-hand pane.
>
> Check at
> HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
> Delete "Wallpaper" and "WallPaperStyle" in the right-hand pane.
>

Also if that doesn't help, run this registry fix from Kelly's XP Site.

Restore desktop and screensaver tabs (Line 128, right column)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

--
William
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