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Windows 7: Display Options Missing???

12 Aug 2010   #1
idemockle

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Display Options Missing???

Anyone know what would cause my display options to be missing?? I attached a screenshot. I'm running Windows 7 64 bit.




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12 Aug 2010   #2
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by idemockle View Post
Anyone know what would cause my display options to be missing?? I attached a screenshot. I'm running Windows 7 64 bit.
Have you recently run any Registry Cleaners and/or Tweaking Utilities? These things cause more problems than they claim to fix...

Regardless of how this happened, have you tried using System Restore to go back to a point before this problem started?
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12 Aug 2010   #3
idemockle

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. No, I haven't run any of that type of nonsense. I did use System Restore to a point before I updated my graphics driver and it didn't help. I guess I could try going further back.

I also ran Malwarebytes to see if that would fix it and it didn't do anything either.

I tried going back to my furthest system restore point. It still didn't fix the problem, but for some reason it changed the name of "Display" when I right click on my desktop to "Screen Resolution."
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12 Aug 2010   #4
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by idemockle View Post
I tried going back to my furthest system restore point. It still didn't fix the problem, but for some reason it changed the name of "Display" when I right click on my desktop to "Screen Resolution."
Which is what it's supposed to be. The bottom three entries on the desktop right-click menu are thus:
  • Screen resolution
  • Gadgets
  • Personalize
If either of them was different, then something changed them, and may very well have stuffed things up in the process. What new software and/or utilities have you recently installed?

What anti-virus are you using?

To determine if any system file have been corrupted, and to possibly repair them, try this:
  1. Click the Start Orb
  2. Type "cmd" in the search box (without quotes).
  3. When "cmd" appears in the results, right-click and select "run as administrator"
  4. In the command prommpt window, type "SFC /scannow" (without quotes), and press <ENTER>
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12 Aug 2010   #5
idemockle

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
Which is what it's supposed to be. The bottom three entries on the desktop right-click menu are thus:
  • Screen resolution
  • Gadgets
  • Personalize
Thanks, I'm trying the scan now. I think the change of name had to do with a Windows update. When I went back and installed all the updates removed by the system restore, the name changed back to "Display" in the menu.
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12 Aug 2010   #6
idemockle

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Okay, I scanned it and it said it found some corrupt files it couldn't fix. It gave me an "Access is Denied" error when I tried to open the log file, but by copying it to the desktop I was able to open it. I've attached the file.

To answer your question about my virus scan software, I use AVG free version, but I had it deactivated for a week or so a while back because it was incompatible with a game I was playing at the time.

Edit: If you can decipher that log file, God bless you lol.

Edit 2: As for recent software installations... Nothing really, other than reinstalling AVG. I haven't installed anything besides that in a few weeks, but I never really change my display settings so who knows when this started? I did update my BIOS and my graphics card driver recently but I'm doubtful that this would be caused by anything like that.
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12 Aug 2010   #7
wilywombat

win7
 
 

You said that the problems started after an update to your graphics drivers. Could it be that when you system restored , it did not fully roll back on the driver update? I once had a similar problem on XP and solved it by deleting the display adapter from the hardware profile and allowing windows to detect it on reboot. I then re-installed the original drivers that worked....Just my 2cents worth!! Good luck!
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12 Aug 2010   #8
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by idemockle View Post
To answer your question about my virus scan software, I use AVG free version, but I had it deactivated for a week or so a while back because it was incompatible with a game I was playing at the time.
Why on Earth and everything else in the Universe would you do that????! Deactivating your anti-virus for even longer than 5 minutes (in my opinion) should be considered a capital crime...

Your anti-virus was off for a week, and that alone should have the alarm bells ringing, especially if during that time you browse the 'net or used discs and usb drives of friends and relatives.

I've quickly perused the log you attached, and I see a lot of errors in the lines of "00000574 Manifest hash for component ..... does not match expected value. ".

Under the circumstances, this corruption, combined with no AV, would indicate a virus.

Can you please post screenshots of Task Manager (after enabling "Show Processes from All Users"). Take multiple screenshots if the complete lists of tasks require scrolling to view everything.

Do the same for the "Startup" section of MSCONFIG (<WINDOWS_LOGO_KEY>+<R>, MSCONFIG)

I want to try and determine what is running that should not be there...
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12 Aug 2010   #9
wilywombat

win7
 
 

@dzomlija
"Under the circumstances, this corruption, combined with no AV, would indicate a virus."
Could be a little strong don't you think/ I agree it COULD be a virus and your point on disabling their AV program setting the alarm bells ringing is fair. But since the problem started following a driver update attempt, it sounds more like file corruption during install/update don't you think??
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12 Aug 2010   #10
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilywombat View Post
@dzomlija
"Under the circumstances, this corruption, combined with no AV, would indicate a virus."
Could be a little strong don't you think/ I agree it COULD be a virus and your point on disabling their AV program setting the alarm bells ringing is fair. But since the problem started following a driver update attempt, it sounds more like file corruption during install/update don't you think??
Fair enough, but what caused the corruption to begin with?

Off Topic:
I won't apologize for coming on a bit strong, but of all the stupid things in the world that I hate most, disabling one's AV is almost at the top of the list. Right up there with "I overclocked my CPU, and now it won't work at all" or "I used a registry cleaner, and now nothing wants to work", etc...
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