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My Windows Vista looks like XP. How do I fix it?


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#1 techsavy24

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 03:20 PM

My aesthetics for Vista looks like Windows XP. Everything has that gray and blocky look to it. The scroll bar, The bar at the bottom where the windows are, the exit minimize and maximize buttons. Vista used to be perfectly normal until one day i was dealing with computer problems. It asked me on rebooting it whether or not I wanted the computer to go back to a previous state (restore point maybe???). When I clicked yes the computer booted up looking like XP. Anyways, Ive already tried right clicking on the desktop, choosing personalize and choosing either the Theme or Windows Color and Appearance option, but absolutely nothing happens when i click them, just a brief flicker of something wanting to load (that little blue loading circle) and not being able to. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 09:02 PM

one day i was dealing with computer problems

What the problems were?

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 09:38 AM

one day i was dealing with computer problems

What the problems were?

I forget now what the problem was. Maybe the computer was getting catastrophically slow or something, but all i remember is having to constantly reboot the computer. One day it just asked me if I wanted to do something to take the computer back to a previous state. Other than that I cant remember what the problem was. Sorry

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 07:22 PM

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop.

* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.

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Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
Click Go and post the result.

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Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-malware/ to your desktop.

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When completed, a log will open in Notepad.
* Post the log back here.

Be sure to restart the computer.

The log can also be found here:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt
Or at C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt

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Please download GMER from one of the following locations and save it to your desktop:
  • Main Mirror
    This version will download a randomly named file (Recommended)
  • Zipped Mirror
    This version will download a zip file you will need to extract first. If you use this mirror, please extract the zip file to your desktop.
  • Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs.
  • Temporarily disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.
  • Double-click on the randomly named GMER file (i.e. n7gmo46c.exe) and allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
  • Note: If you downloaded the zipped version, extract the file to its own folder such as C:\gmer and then double-click on gmer.exe.

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  • GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic quick scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)
  • If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your system...click NO.
  • Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.
  • When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.
  • Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply.
  • Exit GMER and be sure to re-enable your anti-virus, Firewall and any other security programs you had disabled.

IMPORTANT! If for some reason GMER refuses to run, try again.
If it still fails, try to UN-check "Devices" in right pane.
If still no joy, try to run it from Safe Mode.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:08 PM

1. I already have Malwarebytes and run the quick scan frequently, so We're all good on that front. To be safe I updated it and ran another scan, but no incidents were detected.
2.When I run Minitoolbox or SecurityCheck, it errors and says "x is not a valid Win32 application" Whatever that means...
3. The GMER.log file is too big to attach to this post or even just pasting it directly into the reply. I can email the files to you personally though if you want

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 09:44 PM

Upload GMER file here: http://www.filedropper.com/
Post download link (copy URL: link):
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 10:50 AM

http://www.filedropper.com/gmer_3

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:19 PM

It looks good.

I think you have some issue with Vista installation, or maybe some hardware issue.

Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista/7), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista/7).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy (with Vista/7, most likely, you won't need it).
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD (rarely in Vista/7 case).

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 11:22 AM

Ok, the scan doesn't do anything.It runs for like 10 minutes while its scanning and when it reaches Verification 100% complete it just closes itself. It doesn't say i have any errors or anything. I'm supposing this is a good thing??? I'm assuming I'm doing the right scan (at the top of the scan it says C:\Windows\system32\sfc.exe)

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 11:37 AM

That's a normal behavior.

If still same issues, try to use system restore one more time, but try to go back to the earliest possible restore point.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 10:20 AM

what are the pros and cons to going back to a restore point? (e.g. will i have to reinstall my Minecraft, reinstall firefox, re-log in to my online accounts, etc.???)

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 07:06 PM

Most data should be safe.
You may need to reinstall some programs as they write some info into registry.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:15 PM

My oldest restore point is only a month old and i even checked the box that said "show restore points older than 5 days". Needless to say my problem is older then a month old. Am i doing the right thing here? I click start, type in system restore, click on system restore, and go from there.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:43 PM

Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista/7), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista/7).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy (with Vista/7, most likely, you won't need it).
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:26 PM

Uh... I think you already said to do that




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