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Why Can't I Use A Normal Start Menu?


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#1 shedokan

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:21 PM

hello, I am running a windows XP home edition.
when I go to the start menu options I can only choose classic start menu.
why?

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:29 PM

Hello shedokan and welcome,

It is most likely that the use of visual styles has been disabled.

Right click My Computer and select properties, then select the advanced tab and in the performance section select the settings button. On the list that appears, make sure that the use visual styles on windows buttons is checked. then apply and ok
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:38 PM

it was on all the time, right now I am using windows XP theme.
still I can't change it to regular start menu.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:42 PM

Can you go to the services menu? start => run=> services.msc
Look down the list for themes and make sure it is started.

Could you also provide a screenshot of the start menu options?
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:46 PM

Right click My Computer and select Properties, then select the Advanced tab and in the performance section select the Settings button. Make sure that "Let Windows choose what's best for my computer" is selected. Then see if you can change the Start Menu type.
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#6 shedokan

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:54 PM

I checked the themes service and yes it started, didn't I tell you I am using windows XP theme?
and I attached my startup menu screenshot.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:04 PM

I tried budapests suggestion but it didn't help.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:10 PM

Looks like a registry problem.

Go to start then run type regedit.

You need to find HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Look for the entry named NoSimpleStartMenu change its value to 0
Restart the system.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:36 PM

thanks, your'e a genious!

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:46 PM

You are welcome, glad to help.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 07:53 PM

perhaps next time you would like to try a registry repair program, like windows live care thing: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:04 PM

I don't think one care would have fixed the problem, also registry cleaners can in some cases cause more damage than they fix. You could fix one problem only to have two more present themselves.
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