Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

Need Win2000 Registry/Policies Expert Help

  • Please log in to reply




  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 11 posts

This is not a malware issue - I've been to malware forums and my computer scans clean with a multitude of malware-detection services. I believe it's a registry/permissions/policies settings issue at this point.

I recently cleaned out some viruses and Trojans from my Windows 2000 machine, and now find my desktop wallpaper locked up. Certain other changes have taken place as well - such as the removal of my PopUpCop IE toolbar button, and toolbar lockup - upon reinstall of PopUpCop, I'm not allowed to have it add its toolbar button to my IE browser.

When I right-click on the desktop to Active Desktop/Customize My Desktop/Display Properties/Background, all image file choices are grayed out, and the wallpaper is locked to the last choice - an IE icon with the word "desktop". I've heard about "desktop.html" and did in fact find the registry setting:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System Wallpaper REG_SZ C:\WINDOWS\desktop.html

... but there is no such file "desktop.html" on my machine.

By the way - replacing "desktop.html" with an image file in the above registry line causes the image file to appear during boot-up - but it disappears when the icons appear on the desktop.

I've also become familiar with registry settings such as NoChangingWallpaper. It seems to be in normal (not disabled) setting:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop\NoChangingWallpaper = 0

What I'm totally unfamiliar with is how to set W2K "permission" and "policy" settings. I know some companies like to have their workstation monitors display their company logo, so they lock out their employees' access to wallpaper customization. I wonder if that's what's happened to my settings?

So I'm wondering how to recover the original settings/operation of the desktop wallpaper and IE Toolbar customization options?

Note: Prior to all this happening, I created a set of W2K boot-up floppies, and I have the original W2K CD. I tried booting up from the floppies but they seem to want to do a re-install and not a boot-up, so I did not proceed.

Thanks for any help!

  • 0





  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 11 posts
All the folks viewing this thread will enjoy hearing I fixed this problem. Hope it's of help to others.


Did some research at:




What I ended up doing was deleting the registry entries for:

HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Policies/...

Active Desktop/NoChangingWallpaper ("If the value is 0 (or not in the registry) the policy is disabled or not configured. Options on the Background tab are enabled." Since the value was 0, yet options in the Background tab were NOT enabled - I opted to delete the entry altogether.


System/Wallpaper ("If this entry does not appear in the registry, no wallpaper is displayed by default, but users can select the wallpaper of their choice.")

Voila. Full control restored.
  • 0

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP