I hope you will help me with this. I am from Russia so i am really sorry if my English is not good. But I will give it a try...
The problem started when my PC freezed and I had to shutdown it by pushing shut down button longly. After that I had an issue which is the same with this one ( http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread63865.html ) . I read that thread and got rid of that annoying screen. But the problem was not solved fully. Now I can't change the wallpaper at my desktop.
When I choose a desired image to set as wallpaper (even through display options) the screen just rapidly blinks but nothing happens. But after I relogin or reboot it changes.
1) I had the same problem with my wife's notebook. I just uninstalled IE8, rebooted machine, installed IE8, rebooted and now everything just works fine. I did the same on my PC it didn't help. After that I uninstalled Mozilla Firefox, rebooted, uninstalled IE8, rebooted, uninstalled Maxthon2, rebooted, installed IE8, rebooted, installed Maxthon2, rebooted. But all this didn't help either...
2) I tried to delete desktop.htt then change a wallpaper. After the wallpaper changed new desktop.htt file created and then the problem here again...
3) When I create a new account of OS user I found that everything works fine with it. But when I come back to my account again I face the same problem again.
4) I tried to disable Active Desktop with a special vbs-script ( http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/activedesktop.vbs ), and everything just works fine. After enabling it again the problem is back.
It is obviously somehow connected to active desktop. But I can't solve because I am just a simple user. Please help me with it.
I use WinXP SP2, IE8, Maxthon2. Already checked for viruses - none was found (NOD32 2.5).
Sincerelly yours Probbayo.