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The Desktop tab does not appear in the Display Properties dialog box in Microsoft Windows XP.
This problem occurs if the following two conditions are true:
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To resolve this problem, modify the value of the ClassicShell entry to 0. To do this, follow these steps:
When the Turn on Classic shell policy setting is configured, the ClassicShell registry entry is enabled. When this entry is enabled, the following conditions are true: