locked out of backgrounds??

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by vladdy, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. vladdy

    vladdy OSNN One Post Wonder

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    hi there,

    a weird thing happened today... when i turned on my laptop i noticed my regular "bliss" desktop background has disappeared, replaced by a flat gray background.

    i checked out my display options in the control panel, and i somehow appear to be locked out from my list of backgrounds.

    the word "background" above the list is in white and the list of backgrounds is grayed-in. the backgrounds are all still listed there, but none of them may be clicked on. the scroll bar in the backgrounds list is also functionally "dead".

    the only thing i can select and change in display options>desktop is "color", of which gray had been selected somehow.

    does anyone have any ideas of what on earth could have happened here and how i can get my regular background back? i am worried this could be a virus or something but ad-aware came up empty.

    thanks!
     
  2. tdinc

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    Run prompt type gpedit.msc

    then find your way to User Config > Admin Templates > Control Panel > Display...you will see "Prevent Changing Wallpaper" open this if it says Enable then Disable it.

    double check also by running your anti-virus and a good spyware scanner just in case you do have some nasties..
     
  3. vladdy

    vladdy OSNN One Post Wonder

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    thanks for the tip... i am actually running xp home edition.... is there a way to fix this via regedit?
     
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  5. vladdy

    vladdy OSNN One Post Wonder

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    hello,

    here is the latest.... i ran the kellys-korner file and performed the system check. i believe both of these ran ok, though neither gave me a "results" or "finished!" screen (should they have?)

    then i ran housecall-antivirus and ad-aware again but didn't turn up anything other than the usual minor suspects.

    finally i rebooted, and unfortunately the backgrounds tab is still locked up :cry: