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Control Panel Display Icon won't open:Windows XP professional

I recently used a photo from outlook express as a desktop wallpaper. The photo was installed under the desktop tab in NView desktop Manager. The problem now is that the display icon in the control panel won’t open: even though the desktop manager is disabled. The Os is Xp professional.
Methods used to solve the problem are as follows;
1. various registry changes
2. group policy editor

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  • gary3624 Nov 03, 2007

    This problem is over a month old. Also,you still haven't told me why this problem I can never use a picture as wallpaper again. Come on.I forgot to tell you some other things I did in my effort to resolve this. I uninstalled and re-installed the drivers using the CD. I uninstalled the drivers and re-installed the drivers using system restore.

  • gary3624 Nov 04, 2007

    An update on further attempts to solve my problem:
    1.Removed the drivers and re-installed
    them using the installation disk
    2.Removed the drivers again and re-
    installed them using system restore
    By the way;I didn't pay for the repair to be posted on a forum.If you can't fix it,then refund my money because you're wasting my time and your time1

  • gary3624 Nov 04, 2007

    Last solution does not work. The drivers removed referred to in the last session were the NVidia drivers

  • gary3624 Nov 04, 2007

    NView is part of NVidia Desktop Manager. I did not go back to previous restore point as suggested because I indicated in the November 3rd post that this problem is over a month old; and I would rather not do that. NView is not in ?add and remove programs?. Right clicking on the desktop does not work. I have already been through both Microsoft?s and NVIDIA?s knowledge base. NVidia does not seem to have paid tech support. I believe Microsoft does. I have already paid for your tech support: Why would I pay for another? We do agree on one thing NVidia has indeed overwritten my display functions.

  • gary3624 Nov 07, 2007

    Why do I have a new tech suuport person? This time I did not ask for one. I thought I still han Mr.JLH.I attempted to answer his questions. Here is a novel idea. I can't seem to find the answers through Microsoft or NVidia:so maybe you guys can find the answer for me. Thank You.

  • gary3624 Nov 15, 2007

    I inadvertently solved the problem myself. I first enabled Desktop Manager. I then removed all the desktop wallpapers. As you know the default wallpaper cannot be removed; so I set the default wallpaper to clear. Why this works: I don?t know! By the way:thanks for the incompetent PAID tech support!



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Restart your computer with the original Windows disk in the drive. Choose to repair Windows, this will overwrite Windows and fill in any missing application data that happened when you used the photo to put on your desktop. The picture it seems either had an extra extension attached to it or was the wrong format for Windows to recognize.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007


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Sir i had some problem befor and i fixed it.I know how to fix but sorry i dont know how to tell you couse it is long procedure.Best for you can be if u are memmber on and i need ur username password and access windows passowrd so i kan log into ur pc and fixed it.If u want me to fix that problem just contact me [email protected]

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I have WinXp pro. I don't have NView. I take it that is another program? If it is, that's what probably screwed you up in the first place.

I see you have tried a lot of things. Did you go back to a previous "restore point" as suggested? What drivers are you trying to re-install? the Display?

Do this:

1.Go to Control Panel> Add/remove> look for NView > if its there, remove it > reboot (hard boot -shut down and restart) this gets rid of the program.

2. Try opening the Display again but try "right clicking" on the desktop this time > properties. Window should open up and now you have access to the "display" settings.
3. You should also be able to open "display" from the control panel.

Tell me if this helps you.

Posted on Nov 04, 2007

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2007

    We are trying to help you but you need to help me too. You need to answer some of my simple questions. "Last solution didn't work" does not tell me a thing. What I am trying to do is get you back to a clean starting point. Trying to do too many things at once causes more trouble than it solves.

    The "Display" is a Windows function not a NVidia driver or software function. NVidia's software NView has some how "over ridden" the Windows "Display". That is why I'm trying to get the software not the drivers off your computer so we can repair Windows and restore the "Display".

    You have several options at this point You do what you think is best:
    1. You can keep on tinkering with this setup and end in even worst shape.
    2. You can us the "Remote Assistance" that comes with WinXP with someone you know and trust that knows how to fix this.
    3. You can do a live chat with someone here. (I don't have a reliable Internet connection)
    4. You can get an answer from Microsoft directly with their tech support or even with NVidia.
    5. You can do a "Windows Repair" which "will" correct your problem. But you need to have all your original disks for anything you installed just in case it asks for it. You can easily have corrupted files that you don't know about and Windows will find them. It does take your system back to a clean windows install at which point you can create a new "restore point" and your problem is solved. It takes about 30 minutes to do.

    Do you know how to do this? It does not remove any software or data you have if you do it correctly. Here is a link that walks you through the whole process and is easy to follow. Print it out first:

    Let us know what you have decided and how it comes out. Good luck.

  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2007

    One other thing before you do a "repair" if you decide to do that:
    Go to My computer>right click on C drive> properties> tools > Error checking and select automatic on it and reboot. After it is finish checking the disk you can then do the "repair". This will clean up any lost fragments and files that will not be fixed during the "repair". Windows doesn't always do this during the "repair".

  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2007

    As you stated this problem is now over a month old and for you going back to an older restore point may not be in your best interest. I'm not sure why but I won't belabor the point.

    You have tried all the other suggested fixes, correct? And nothing has worked?

    Therefore, if that is true, we are really down to only one option and that is to "repair" windows. NOT re-install Windows but "repair" it. This actually is one of the better features of WinXP. I gave you the link that does an excellent job walking you through it. In fact I had to do it myself 3 months ago (and did that piss me off). But it really isn't all that bad. You will need to reset a few things again.

    When you do this try to do a couple of things.

    1. Clear out all your temp files (not cookies), waste basket, etc.
    2. Do a disk check as I suggested before.
    3. In other words cleanup your computer first. It helps makes the "repair" go a little more inefficiently.
    4. Backup your hard drive or any important files just in case.

    Go to the link and print it out and follow it verbatim. Pay special attention to one item. This is clearly in the instructions. Windows will ask you to repair TWICE! DO NOT USE THE FIRST REPAIR OPTION. Why Microsoft put it there I don't know but I think its from an old carry over ages ago. And it has to go completely uninterrupted.

    Once you have done the repair, you should not have any trouble at all. You can decide later if you want to use NView again or not. But this "will" solve your problem.

  • Anonymous Nov 07, 2007

    Mr. gary3624,

    On this board we have many experts. Any one of them may join in to help solve a problem... your problem. I may have a solution that works but maybe not as well as an "Expert" who has had the same problem before and his solution worked even better. That is the advantage of using this board. Think of it this way, you getting "second" and "third" opinions for "Free". Yes, for "free"! You may have "paid" for this service but what we get is nothing compared to what some of us get professionally in the course of our normal work. Trust me when I say you couldn't possible afford my services for me to come to your house and fix your computer or anyone else here for that matter.

    Myself, I just enjoy helping other people. if I can help you great, if I can't, I tried and gave you my best answer.

    For your computer problem, I have given you the best advice I can with what I know of the situation. You should have by now completed all the things I suggested and your computer should be working. If not, sorry but I tried. I have spent more than enough time on this problem. If you still need my help I will try, it's up to you what you do. But don't turn you back on some on else's advice that may also solve you problem.

    Good luck to you and I hope you have a nice day.


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Do a system restore to a earlyer day to un do what you did

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SOURCE: Control Panel Display Icon Won't open: Windows XP Professional

As circuitous a route as this may seem, try this:

-> Uninstall nView.
-> Reboot.
-> See if you can open your Display settings in the Control Panel, or by right-clicking your desktop.
---> If you can access it, you should be in the clear. Re-install nView if you'd like--although I personally have never seen a need for it.
---> If you still can't access it, reboot your machine, and keep mashing the F8 button on your keyboard. This should bring you to the boot menu. Boot into safe mode, and see if the Display settings will open.
---> If you couldn't access the Display settings in safe mode, and have access to your Windows installation media, insert it into your CD/DVD drive and reboot. Hopefully your BIOS settings know to check optical drives first in boot priority. Run the Windows Repair (or is it Recovery?) tool. See if this helps.

Best of luck!

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