No Desktop options in properties menu??

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I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a black desktop. Icons
appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The problem is I
cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on the desktop I do
not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives me the option to
set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
Any ideas?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Go to this web site:

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand side,
    "Restore all display tabs".

    --
    Nepatsfan
    "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a black
    >desktop. Icons
    > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    > problem is I
    > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on the
    > desktop I do
    > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives me
    > the option to
    > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    > Any ideas?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    "Nepatsfan" wrote:

    > Go to this web site:
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >
    > Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand side,
    > "Restore all display tabs".
    >
    > --
    > Nepatsfan
    > "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    > >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a black
    > >desktop. Icons
    > > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    > > problem is I
    > > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on the
    > > desktop I do
    > > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives me
    > > the option to
    > > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    > > Any ideas?
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Will this be a permanent fix? Any idea how it might have happened?

    "Nepatsfan" wrote:

    > Go to this web site:
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >
    > Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand side,
    > "Restore all display tabs".
    >
    > --
    > Nepatsfan
    > "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    > >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a black
    > >desktop. Icons
    > > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    > > problem is I
    > > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on the
    > > desktop I do
    > > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives me
    > > the option to
    > > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    > > Any ideas?
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    It's a fix that can be rolled back by either backing up all the
    registry keys that are mentioned in that .reg file or using
    System Restore.

    If you're concerned, create a restore point before running the
    registry edit. To create a restore point do the following:
    Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools ->
    System Restore.
    Click on "Create a restore point".
    Click Next.
    Enter a descriptive name, something like "Before registry edit".
    Click create.

    Keep in mind that the file from Kelly's web site will restore all
    of the missing tabs in Display properties. If you're only
    concerned about the Desktop tab you can do the following:
    Go to Start -> Run and enter regedit in the Open box.
    Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    In the right hand pane, right click on ClassicShell.
    Select Modify from the menu.
    Change the Value data to 0.
    Click OK.
    Close the registry editor.

    I should have mentioned that once you get the Desktop tab
    restored you should check on the following:
    Open Display Properties.
    Click on the Desktop tab.
    Click on "Customize Desktop".
    In Desktop Items, click on the web tab.
    Delete any entries other than "My Current Home Page".

    As for "how it might have happened?", your machine somehow got
    infected with a desktop hijacker. It made changes to your
    registry to make removal difficult. Your antivirus program
    removed the pest but the changes made to the registry weren't
    reversed. If you're curious, do a Google search for "desktop
    hijacker". You'll find that you're not alone in dealing with this
    problem.

    Post back if you have any other questions on this topic.

    --
    Nepatsfan
    "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:88A4A366-F024-4648-BF73-B82E4E22F1BA@microsoft.com...
    > Will this be a permanent fix? Any idea how it might have
    > happened?
    >
    > "Nepatsfan" wrote:
    >
    >> Go to this web site:
    >>
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >>
    >> Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand
    >> side,
    >> "Restore all display tabs".
    >>
    >> --
    >> Nepatsfan
    >> "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    >> >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a
    >> >black
    >> >desktop. Icons
    >> > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    >> > problem is I
    >> > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on
    >> > the
    >> > desktop I do
    >> > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives
    >> > me
    >> > the option to
    >> > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    >> > Any ideas?
    >>
    >>
    >>
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    "Nepatsfan" wrote:

    > Go to this web site:
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >
    > Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand side,
    > "Restore all display tabs".
    >
    > --
    > Nepatsfan
    > "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    > >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a black
    > >desktop. Icons
    > > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    > > problem is I
    > > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on the
    > > desktop I do
    > > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives me
    > > the option to
    > > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    > > Any ideas?
    >
    >
    >
    My desktop was also "hijacked" by a virus which resulted in the same
    symptoms as MMSIBOB. I've cleaned the virus and restored my "Display
    properties" tabs, but I still have the black desktop. When going into the
    "Desktop" tab of Display Properties, nothing works. The "Background" scroll
    bar is frozen and I'm unable to select anything in the window. The
    "Customize" button works, but that's about all. Any help appreciated.
    Thanks
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    "ka0ioj" <ka0ioj@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:52BB778C-8D05-4F40-AFCB-42D108B28876@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Nepatsfan" wrote:
    >
    >> Go to this web site:
    >>
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >>
    >> Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand
    >> side,
    >> "Restore all display tabs".
    >>
    >> --
    >> Nepatsfan
    >> "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    >> >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a
    >> >black
    >> >desktop. Icons
    >> > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    >> > problem is I
    >> > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on
    >> > the
    >> > desktop I do
    >> > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives
    >> > me
    >> > the option to
    >> > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    >> > Any ideas?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    > My desktop was also "hijacked" by a virus which resulted in the
    > same
    > symptoms as MMSIBOB. I've cleaned the virus and restored my
    > "Display
    > properties" tabs, but I still have the black desktop. When
    > going into the
    > "Desktop" tab of Display Properties, nothing works. The
    > "Background" scroll
    > bar is frozen and I'm unable to select anything in the window.
    > The
    > "Customize" button works, but that's about all. Any help
    > appreciated.
    > Thanks

    Did you try running the registry fix from Kelly's web site? Line
    285, on the right "Restore all display tabs".

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    If that doesn't help, you might want to try the following:

    If the "Customize Desktop" button works then click on it and
    select the Web tab.
    In the "Web pages" box, delete all entries other than "My Current
    Home Page".
    If present, remove the check mark next to "Lock desktop items".

    If it's still not fixed, try this:
    Go to Start -> Run and enter regedit in the Open box.
    Click OK.
    In the registry editor, navigate to this location:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

    In the right hand pane, look for NoChangingWallpaper.
    Right click on that entry and select Modify from the drop down
    menu.
    Change the Value data to 0.
    Click OK.
    Do the same thing for this key if it's present:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
    ActiveDesktop

    Next, navigate to this key:

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    If there's an entry in the right hand pane for Wallpaper, right
    click on it and select delete.

    Keep in mind all of these registry keys may not be present on
    your system.

    Good luck

    Nepatsfan
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    "Nepatsfan" wrote:

    >
    > "ka0ioj" <ka0ioj@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:52BB778C-8D05-4F40-AFCB-42D108B28876@microsoft.com...
    > >
    > >
    > > "Nepatsfan" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Go to this web site:
    > >>
    > >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    > >>
    > >> Download and run the registry edit on line 285, right hand
    > >> side,
    > >> "Restore all display tabs".
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Nepatsfan
    > >> "MMSIBOB" <MMSIBOB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:3BBDF8E9-8F2C-4199-A7F8-5174B726EA14@microsoft.com...
    > >> >I had a virus on my laptop and when I cleaned it I had a
    > >> >black
    > >> >desktop. Icons
    > >> > appear ok and are working fine as iare all my programs. The
    > >> > problem is I
    > >> > cannot get rid of that black screen. When I right click on
    > >> > the
    > >> > desktop I do
    > >> > not get a "desktop" tab on the properties box. It only gives
    > >> > me
    > >> > the option to
    > >> > set up a screen saver and adjust my resolution.
    > >> > Any ideas?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > > My desktop was also "hijacked" by a virus which resulted in the
    > > same
    > > symptoms as MMSIBOB. I've cleaned the virus and restored my
    > > "Display
    > > properties" tabs, but I still have the black desktop. When
    > > going into the
    > > "Desktop" tab of Display Properties, nothing works. The
    > > "Background" scroll
    > > bar is frozen and I'm unable to select anything in the window.
    > > The
    > > "Customize" button works, but that's about all. Any help
    > > appreciated.
    > > Thanks
    >
    > Did you try running the registry fix from Kelly's web site? Line
    > 285, on the right "Restore all display tabs".
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    >
    > If that doesn't help, you might want to try the following:
    >
    > If the "Customize Desktop" button works then click on it and
    > select the Web tab.
    > In the "Web pages" box, delete all entries other than "My Current
    > Home Page".
    > If present, remove the check mark next to "Lock desktop items".
    >
    > If it's still not fixed, try this:
    > Go to Start -> Run and enter regedit in the Open box.
    > Click OK.
    > In the registry editor, navigate to this location:
    >
    > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
    >
    > In the right hand pane, look for NoChangingWallpaper.
    > Right click on that entry and select Modify from the drop down
    > menu.
    > Change the Value data to 0.
    > Click OK.
    > Do the same thing for this key if it's present:
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
    > ActiveDesktop
    >
    > Next, navigate to this key:
    >
    > HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    > If there's an entry in the right hand pane for Wallpaper, right
    > click on it and select delete.
    >
    > Keep in mind all of these registry keys may not be present on
    > your system.
    >
    > Good luck
    >
    > Nepatsfan
    >
    >
    >
    Many thanks.
    Yes, I did previously try the fix from Kelly's Korner, and that's what
    restored my missing tabs. The "Customize Desktop" was already set for the
    single entry "My Current Home Page", and the "Lock desktop items" was not
    checked. Your first registry key was already at 0, and the second one was
    not present, but the third key was the fix. Thanks again.
    ka0ioj
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    > Many thanks.
    > Yes, I did previously try the fix from Kelly's Korner, and
    > that's what
    > restored my missing tabs. The "Customize Desktop" was already
    > set for the
    > single entry "My Current Home Page", and the "Lock desktop
    > items" was not
    > checked. Your first registry key was already at 0, and the
    > second one was
    > not present, but the third key was the fix. Thanks again.
    > ka0ioj
    >

    You're welcome. Glad to hear you've got that fixed.

    Nepatsfan
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