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Old 07-15-2007, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't change the background on my dell laptop. Even the original windows backgrounds are greyed out. When i try to right click on a picture and set is as background, nothing happens. None of that "Its not working because its a dell" bs.
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you have tryed changing through right clicking on the desktop > properties > desktop tab ?? if so what happens ?
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Assuming you are in the admin group this is odd.
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you have tryed changing through right clicking on the desktop > properties > desktop tab ?? if so what happens ?
Yeah thats what i tried to do but the all of the choices are grayed out.....
I am trying to change the background on the administrator account.
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install your video drivers
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let us know how the administration account goes. that is really wierd never heard about the options being greyed out...
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video drivers are there and the problem persists with the admin account.
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Do a virus scan I had one that wouldn't let me change my desktop, or try doing a search on google for a picture and right click and set as desktop background.
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install your video drivers
and then do this when you get tired of everything else. that option is greyed out when you video drivers isn't install
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Hello,

First try this. Download this registry file and import into the system registry:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs...aperenable.reg

If that doesn't work, follow the steps in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:

Options to change wallpaper may be missing or unavailable on a Windows XP-based computer
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