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Windows 7: Can't Make Certain Changes to Desktop

21 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Can't Make Certain Changes to Desktop

I recently acquired a virus that I've now taken care of, but it seems to have left my computer damaged. I can't change my wallpaper, for one. And whenever I save or upload something (for example, when I want to upload a video on to youtube and you get that window pop-up where it gives you the option to upload something from a certain location), the location for desktop is completely missing when I use one of my browsers - I can't access it at all.

I've also noticed recently that I can't even make changes to my desk top icons. I arrange it by date -for instance- and when I restart the computer, it goes back to the way it was before the change?!

Anyone here experience anything like this? I'm not that tech-savvy, so please bare with me, and if you have any suggestions as to what I should do please outline it step by step (where to go, what to look for, click, etc...Again, my knowledge of computers is very limited, sorry)

Thanks in advance!

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21 Feb 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Hello Mark, and welcome to Sevenforums!

You might follow this tutorial: Repair Install - created by Brink

Keep in mind it will change all your settings back, but it is a small price to pay, I think.
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21 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit

One more thing you could try before a Clean or Repair install is an SFC Scan, it will repair some files the virus may have corrupted.
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21 Feb 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


If you used just one antivirus to deal with this nasty, it's possible it didn't remove all of the virus. It's not a bad idea to use multiple scans as each antivirus tool may find something that others are not able to find/remove. A couple of free on demand scanners you might consider:


Hitman Pro

Comodo Cleaning Essentials

Make sure you update each data base and run the full scans.
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