New install of XP on freshly formatted hard drive. SP2 installed. Nvidia Geoforce Card installed with latest drivers (66.13 I believe).
Display is correctly detected at 1024x768, 75mHz, 32bit depth. Plain blue background with XPs blue scheme.
The problem is that my son can't change this in the normal way by right clicking desktop and selecting Properties - it's on the drop down menu OK but there's nothing when you click it. All he wants to do is select XP's silver scheme.
We have tried Add Remove programs to see if we could add any missing components, but it appears there are none that we don't already have. We have also removed the Nvidia drivers, which reverts the display to 640x480 16bit as you would expect, but otherwise no change, and the Properties menu is still unavailable. As this is a fresh install there is no restore point available!
No joy. Desk(.cpl) is present in both folders. I even tried copying the file from my machine into my son's \system32 folder (after renaming his file) - no change. The link from the Properties box doesn't link - or it's been hijacked by the Nvidia driver (66.93 which is WHQL) and the Nvidia desktop manager doesn't offer the same facilties. Having said that, I have 66.93 on my machine and can still get to display properties without any problems.
I guess that we may have to run a repair - which is a bit galling after a fresh install which was without problems. He hasn't even got his software on yet!!