Using .html page as Wallpaper

Hewlett-packard / Xw4100 workstation
June 4, 2009 at 17:09:38
Specs: Windows XP, 4 GB
Up until recently, I created a calendar in MS Word, saved it as an .html web page, then used it as my desktop wallpaper/background. Each time I updated it, I had to re-save it and re-select it (by right-clicking on the desktop > Properties > Desktop) but loved having it so attention-grabbingly displayed.

When I went to change to June from May, I followed the same steps, however, the background will not change unless I do a re-boot of the computer each time. I am running Windows XP Professional with SP3 and IE8, however, I use Mozilla Firefox as my default browser. I have not made any changes or installation during this time.

I have read these forums extensively and tried every suggestion given. These include:

1. Doing a restore back to when I knew this worked.
2. Scanning for viruses & malware (none found using AdAware, Spybot, Spyware Terminator, Avast, AVG, Spyblaster, & Malwarebytes)
3. Editing the Active Desktop dword under Regedit.
4. Editing the “Prevent Changing Wallpaper” entry under GPED.MSC.
5. Opening the .html document in my browser and trying to save the page as my background (doesn’t give me this option).

I’m totally bummed that I can figure this out…anybody got any ideas?

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June 4, 2009 at 20:38:44
Totally delete the last month's calendar and start a fresh with the new month.

Change Is Good

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June 4, 2009 at 21:46:21
I guess I didn't state this. I totally deleted the May .html page from both the list of backgrounds and then under "Customize Your Desktop." I then selected the "Tulips" background, applied it, and that took. So I went back and browsed to the folder with my June .html page and applied it. It took as well. However, if I make changes to my original Word document, then save it as an .html, then right-click>Properties>Desktop and select another background & apply (I had to do this to get it to change before), then go back and apply my June calendar .html, it does not change to the updated version. (Hope this makes sense.) I could not find a simple calendar program that would allow me to use it as my desktop background, so I came up with this. It has worked like a charm for two years...thanks for trying to help me.

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June 5, 2009 at 00:45:40
Maybe this is just too simple, but could it just be that the Desktop has not "Refreshed" after your last "Apply"?

While your Desktop has "the focus", try a Refresh (F5)...worth a shot.

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