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XP Display Properties

By kellow
Jun 13, 2008
  1. For some reason best known to Bill, my display properties function has "lost' its "Desktop", Screen Saver", "Appearance" and "Settings" tabs. All I get is the "Themes" tab.

    Any clues?

    Thanks
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Run the attached reg file, and restart (unzip first)

    Test and reply back if it worked (I'd say Yes)
     

    Attached Files:

  3. kellow

    kellow TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No joy

    Kimsland,

    What do you mean by 'run'? What is the run command?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Sorry

    Just click on it once, to save to your computer (I always drop down the bar, and save to Desktop)
    Once saved
    Close all your opened windows (and Internet Explorer)
    Double click on it
    Double click on the extracted file inside (I called it the same name, but it's a reg file)
    Select Yes, to merge to registry
    Restart

    Test
    Reply back with result :)
     
  5. kellow

    kellow TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh, dear

    I can't find any anything but a text file displayed in Notepad!
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    That's ok, someone has set reg files to open with Notepad !

    Just extract the file (probably already done)
    Then right click on TabsMissing.reg and select merge

    Maybe now?
     
  7. kellow

    kellow TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Patience

    Kimsland,

    Your patience is very much appreciated. Thank you.

    Unfortunately, my problem still exists. I followed your instructions to the letter, including rebooting, to no avail.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Click on Start-->Control Panel-->User Accounts
    Confirm that you are an Administrator account

    Also, back in Control Panel, just double click on Display to reconfirm that the tabs are missing.

    If both of the above are true, then click:
    Start-->Run--> sfc /scannow

    You may require your Windows CD during the system scan
    No data files will be affected during the scan

    Report back.
     
  9. kellow

    kellow TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Still no joy

    Kimland,

    I have the appropriate permissions.

    Run--> sfc /scannow - nothing untoward was revealed.

    You mentioned earlier that "someone has set reg files to open with Notepad !"; what would its normal default opening program?

    I'm about to give up, I think.

    Regards
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  11. sabrezoo

    sabrezoo TS Rookie

    @Kimsland
    Thanx bro...I just add you file to my registry and restart my PC, then my missing tab causing by virus "antivirus xp 2008" can reveal again.
    thanx bro.....you help me a lot
    :)
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks for the feedback :grinthumb
     
  13. brisco007

    brisco007 TS Rookie

    your file doesnt work. Downloads without an extension. I try to add .txt and it just comes out garbage. Any help?
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'll try attaching it again too
    Nope, can't attach it ! (already posted message comes up, I even renamed the zip and even re-created a new zip file <-- very strange)

    Anyway just copy the above to Notepad
    Save as "All files"
    Save destination --> Desktop (that's easier, and it's up the top)
    Name it TabsMissing.reg
    ok

    Then double click on TabsMissing.reg (on your Desktop I hope)
    Merge (Yes ok, whatever!)
    Restart

    Test again
    Reply back
     
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