XP problem...

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  1. tribeachpunk

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    I'm troubleshooting a problem on the work PC. We run XP.

    At startup, windows will boot up properly.. As soon as startup is complete, an image takes over the screen. The only way to get back to the desktop is to ctrl+alt-del, log-off the user, log back on and it's back to normal until reboot.

    Any ideas? I'm XP-rusty.. :o
     
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    hmmm sounds like something not loading in the background
     
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    what kinda image we talkin about here? like a random picture? some sort of program?

    maybe spyware? if so id download Malware Bytes and run a scan and see what it finds.
     
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    it looks like an old wallpaper
     
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    make sure web desktop is not enabled

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    uncheck "my current home page" if its checked
     
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    No luck with the web desktop :(

    Windows Explorer error when I restart.. Causes it to close, asks me whether or not I want to send the error report.

    I log off, log back on, no issues.

    When I attempt to set a random image as my desktop wallpaper, it doesn't do it. It stays a solid color, no image at all.. It isn't even an option under desktop properties... The option to make an image my wallpaper is grayed out.. :confused:

    Pressed for time right now, thanks for the help so far guys!! :D:D
     
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    I've seen viruses that do similar things to a system. Change background, remove options to change background, etc
     
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    could be a local policy or group policy too
     
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    Does it kill java too? I see that isn't working either...


    Tell me something... if I do a system restore to default settings, will I lose data like photos and documents?
     
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    From Microsoft's website:

    "System Restore can make changes to Windows system files, registry settings, and programs installed on your computer. It also can make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files on your computer. Personal files, such as documents, e‑mail, photos, and music files, are not changed."
     
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    Excellent.
     
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    System restored to the middle of last week. Problem with the desktop seems resolved. Still not sure why Java isn't functioning properly.. :confused:
     
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    try going to sun's website (manufacturer) and download some java shit to overwrite what you got
     
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    tried that

    next step is to remove everything Sun/Java on the machine, and install fresh....i guess
     
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    The computer still will not allow me to make an image my wallpaper... I'm stuck with a solid color.. :lol: Everything else seems ok.. :)
     
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    there are 3 sites that i found after searching.. i did have this issue before and i do remember fixing it with a reg fix... please make a backup of your registry before doing anything and do at own risk :bigup:

    http://malektips.com/windows_xp_display_desktop_0002.html

    (this one seams to be a vbs program you run and it fixes it)
    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/423957-cannot-change-desktop-wallpaper.html

    and finally a great site for some XP hints and tips
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
     
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    Are you connected to a domain? Sysadmins quite often make it a part of domain group policy to disable options a regular user should not need...such as control panel options for display settings.

    If you aren't on a domain (and depending on the number of machines in your office)...its not likely that the sysadmin went around and changed the local policy on each machine.
     
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    You could also try building yourself a new local profile....go to c:\documents and settings....rename the folder with your login name to "foldername.old" and reboot. Note...you can't change the folder name if you are logged in as yourself at the time...the folder is write protected.

    When you login after reboot....you will have a fresh new set of profile settings. No data lost as it will be in the profile folder you renamed.
     
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    my pc at work won't allow a background. I get the same issues.

    I would say its a group policy issue if you are on a domain.
     
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    No, no domain.. It's XP Home, not connected to anything :lol:
     
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