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Display Properties Desktop background tab lists only BMP files

Published: Nov 10, 2004
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Symptom

When you open the Desktop tab in Display Properties, only BMP files may be shown in the background images listing, although the My Pictures folder contains JPG files. This happens due to two Policy settings namely NoHTMLWallpaper and NoActiveDesktop

Note that, with the above restrictions enabled, the user can still set a JPG file as a background image via Common Tasks Set as desktop background link.

Resolution

For standalone Windows XP systems, use the following method to remove the restrictions.

Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft\ Windows  \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

In the right-pane, delete the NoActiveDesktop value if exists.

Navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ ActiveDesktop

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ ActiveDesktop

In the right-pane, delete NoHTMLWallPaper if exists.

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