Display Properties tabs missing

  bebobaloobop 15:51 02 May 2005

Yesterday my computer was 'attacked' by 4 viruses causing several problems. I have managed to clean the computer using AVG Antivirus, HijackThis, and Ad-Aware and now everything seems normal. However, several tabs are now missing from Display Properties. The only tabs there available are "Screen Saver" and "Settings". I cannot access them from Control Panel either.

I have seen advice in other forums about using GPEDIT.MSC but this will not open and Windows says "the tool that you requested is not available".

I'm using XP btw.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:05 02 May 2005

sfc /scannow
in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.
This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

REpair XP
click here

  bebobaloobop 16:16 02 May 2005

ok, that finished and nothing happened. i guess that means that it worked. So the only way is to do a repair install of windows?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:21 02 May 2005

Xp has nw replaced missing / corrupt system files.
Now see if you can use GPEDIT.MSC

  bebobaloobop 16:23 02 May 2005

sorry, yes that would be a start wouldn't it!

ok, tried it, still can't use it

  keithlik 16:32 02 May 2005

Have you tried XPs excellent System Recovery?

  bebobaloobop 16:47 02 May 2005

that second link solved it.

thank you very much.

If anyone else ever has this problem try this:

Navigate to

If there is a DWoRD Value such "NoDispScrSavPage" with a data value of 1 this will disable the screen saver tab. Change the value to 0 or delete it to see the tab again.

if there is anything else that looks like it is for the other tabs, do the same

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