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My Xp Looks Like Win98 (display Problems)


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#1 mdr1013

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:07 PM

I reinstalled XP last night, completely reformatted actually. Everything is fine except that my desktop doesn't look like the typical XP setup. Its very old fashioned looking, gray everywhere, no rounded corners or anything that resembles XP. I've played around with the display properties, but I can't fix it. Any ideas? I don't know how to do a screenshot, or I would post one to better explain the situation.

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#2 medab1

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:35 PM

Get the stuff on the screen you want to take a screen shot of.

Press the Print Screen (PrtScrn) key.
It is usually to the right of the F12 key.

Open Windows Paint & click the Edit button & choose Paste.
Click the File buttton & choose Save As.
Choose .jpg as file type.
Name it something short.
Maybe screen.jpg.

Save it in My Documents or on the Desktop.

Go to--

http://tinypic.com/

and Browse for it & click Open.
It appears in the box by Browse.

Click the Upload button.
After it uploads,copy the http address & paste it in your post.

Learn to take screenshots & add them to your posts. :thumbup2:

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:38 PM

Right click on your start button, select 'Properties' and then select Start Menu if its on the Classic view and ok it.
Hows it look now?
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#4 mdr1013

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 11:51 PM

http://i6.tinypic.com/16kyzih.jpg

http://i6.tinypic.com/16kyzy9.jpg

Here are two screenshots (thanks for telling me how to do that, btw). Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 12:53 AM

OK.
This might work.

Open Control Panel & open Administrative tools.
See picture--

http://i6.tinypic.com/16l9ylv.jpg

Now See next picture--

http://i6.tinypic.com/16la51v.jpg

It worked for me as you can see the XP theme in the menu.

One more picture--

http://i6.tinypic.com/16lbmvl.jpg

Edited by medab1, 04 July 2006 - 01:36 AM.

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#6 mdr1013

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 01:45 AM

Thanks for the reply. I tried that, but here's the problem.

see pic
http://i6.tinypic.com/16lbtpd.jpg

I only have one choice under that windows and buttons drop down menu.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 02:14 AM

Did xp theme show up under Themes?

Try running sfc /scannow

Edited by medab1, 04 July 2006 - 02:17 AM.

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#8 mdr1013

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 12:03 PM

yeah, XP showed up under themes, just not windows and buttons. I'll try the other thing you said later on. Thanks for the effort, btw.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:26 PM

That's incredibly odd.
It's definitely Windows XP, because I run on the Classic theme and mine resembles your exactly, and the Win98 theme is slightly more bland looking.

Since you just reformatted and from the looks of your desktop you don't have much yet, consider reformatting again.

Also, I saw Azeureus(sp?) running in the background there. If you got your Windows XP version via Torrent, it's definitely likely that the version you got is just messed with or something. I mean, I'm not pointing fingers or anything, but don't trust torrents for important apps like that.

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 02:43 PM

Thanks for the replies, unfortunately nothing has worked yet. Just to be clear, I didn't get this from a torrent. Its the OS that came with the computer and I have the original disc.

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 03:50 PM

First, go here.

Scroll down to Themes (Won't Load or only Windows Classic is listed)

If you need the restore Luna Theme files or restore theme functionality, they are linked from there and can be extracted per directions. You should be able to browse to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes and find the luna theme and so forth. If you can't, they're in line 187. To restore themes functionality, you would right-click and save the file as a .reg file to your desktop. Then double-click on it and answer yes.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 01:35 PM

OK.
This might work.

Open Control Panel & open Administrative tools.
See picture--

http://i6.tinypic.com/16l9ylv.jpg

Now See next picture--

http://i6.tinypic.com/16la51v.jpg

It worked for me as you can see the XP theme in the menu.

One more picture--

http://i6.tinypic.com/16lbmvl.jpg


Just experienced the same problem and the above sollution worked for me!!!!

Perhaps the other user doesn't have windows XP PRO but Home Edition (dunno if that option is available under home edition). Looked a little different, but it was def. the spot where to look for it...

Well done thanks... :thumbsup:

Besides this, I had the same problem as in the post below the one I quoted, only XP classic remained there, while the rest was restored. After restart everything was fine again. Cheers




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