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Desktop properties (desktop and screensaver tab is missing)

My desktop and screensaver tab is missing in desktop properties due to virus attack. Is there a way to recover those?

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  • Anonymous Aug 11, 2008

    Due to some virus attach, i am not able to change my desktop & screensaver settings. Even the same are missing. Please advice what should i do to recover that.

  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2008

    screen saver option gone

  • adeeltariq Aug 21, 2008

    My back ground , screen saver and desktop properties are missing

  • chamacos4 Oct 31, 2008

    I Can't change my Desktop Back ground.
    Please Help with solutions.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    There is no tab in policies like NoDispScrSavPage.Even after i created it and set the value as 0,the effect is the same.The tab is not enabled.



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The following is solved me
Well if anyone is interested and for general knowledge these are the 3entries that were killing the Desktop and Screen Saver tabs in XP. Hupigon13 seems to be at the root of it all.

Quote: Microsoft.Windows.System: Settings (Registry change, fixed)

Microsoft.Windows.System: User settings (Registry change, fixed)

Hupigon13: Settings (Registry value, fixed)

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Posted on Aug 25, 2008


Screen Saver Tab Missing - Display Properties Windows XP Screen Saver tab is missing from the Display Properties. The most likely cause of this is malware utilizing Group Policy Objects which enforces policies for system settings and/or user account(s) settings. The Group Policy for Hide Screen Saver tab will cause the Screen Saver tab to be removed from Display Properties when enabled. Group Policies are typically applied at businesses to control access to programs, system properties, and user account settings. For Home users, Screen Saver tab can be removed these Group Policies but usually malware is the culprit. If you are a home user and the Screen Saver tab is missing from the Display Properties and looks like the pictures below then there is a good chance you are infected with malware.

NOTE: Ensure your computer is malware free before applying the following solutions.

CAUTION: Before making any changes to the Windows XP Registry, please backup your Windows XP Registry using the direction from "Using ERUNT to back up the Windows XP Registry". Manual Steps Using Group Policy Editor NOTE: The Group Policy Editor requires Administrative privileges and is only available for Windows XP Professional Edition. Windows XP Home users can use the Windows XP Registry method to remove the Group Policy restriction.

  • Click Start and then Run.
  • Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box.
  • Press ENTER on your keyboard. In the Group Policy Editor navigate to: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Display Double-click Hide Screen Saver tab.
  • Select Not Configured.

NOTE: If the Screen Saver tab is missing on a per User account basis then the above method will not work, you will need to use the Registry Editor to remove the Group Policy.

Manual Steps Using Windows XP Registry
  • Click Start and then Run.
  • Type regedit.exe in the Run dialog box.
  • Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  • Navigate to: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Right-click NoDispScrSavPage to select Modify.
  • Change the value to 0.
  • Navigate to: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Right-click NoDispScrSavPage to select Modify.
  • Change the value to 0.
  • Quit the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

NOTE: You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Manual Steps Using REG ADD Open a Command Window.
  • Type: REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v NoDispScrSavPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  • Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  • Type: REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v NoDispScrSavPage /t REG_DWORD /d 0
  • Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  • Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard.
NOTE: You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect. Automated Fix Using an Registration File Download ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg to a folder on your hard drive. Right-click ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg to select Merge. Now the registration entries are added for you.

NOTES: The ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg file is from my web server ( You also can view the contents of the ScrnSvrTb.Show.reg file by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit. You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect. Platforms Tested Microsoft Windows XP Editions Related Articles Desktop Tab Missing - Display Properties Appearance and Themes Tab Missing - Display Properties Settings Tab Missing - Display Properties Theme Tab Missing - Display Properties Password to Protect Restricted (Greyed) - Display Properties Screen Saver Restricted (Greyed) Part 1 - Display Properties Screen Saver Restricted (Greyed) Part 2 - Display Properties Screen Saver Timeout Restriction (Greyed) - Display Properties

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Friend it will depend upon the extent of the virus attact, if the extent is much the there is the possibility that you won't anymore those. The best solution for your problem is to clean your computer with an updated antivirus program. If in case your virus attact is severe and you cannot recover it anymore, you must reformat your OS.
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