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I'm sure you guys are getting tired of seeing threads like this, but after lots of searching and two hours worth of beating my head against a wall, I still can't fix this.

For the past several weeks, my desktop has been this sorta of plain blue-grey that I thought was just a default image from StyleXP, and I hadn't bothered to change it. But today, I decided to do so, and after doing so, saw this:

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You can't quite see it in the screenshot, but there's a white outline around where the picture should be, at the very edge of the screen--just one pixel wide. Either way, that wasn't normal, so I start battling with my machine. I can right click on my desktop, and get this:

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As you can see, nothing is grayed out. I can click on Browse, I can pick any image I want, but every time I hit apply, all I see is a black screen, with the little icon in the upper left denoting an image file, IF it's set to STRETCH. Now, if I set the position to CENTER, it doesn't make the chosen image appear, but that little icon DOES go away. I can also set the background color to any color I want but, again, no actual image. I have tried rightclicking the image I want straight in the folder itself and hitting 'Set as Desktop Image', with the same result. I have also tried images from the web.

I started browsing the web, looking for help, and have done the following:

I have gone into my Display>Desktop>Customize Desktop>Web settings and made sure everything is checked off.
I have gone into my registry to check for the wallpaper file in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\System that I've read could be deleted to help with this issue. No dice there, either.

When I reboot, I see the desktop I've picked for a few seconds, before the machine restarts. However, unlike some people, I don't see it before hand. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Edited by LSama, 19 September 2008 - 09:20 AM.

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