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Windows Xp Appearance

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#1 maliachammy


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Posted 04 October 2006 - 04:11 PM

Just registered to see if I can get any help from this lovely forum!

I had the old Spy Sherriff problem about a year back and used great advice on here to get rid of it for good. The one thing i've been left with since is that it managed to turn all the folders, start button, and program windows on XP go all basic.

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So it all looks a lot like this rather than how XP should. Also, when I right click on the desktop and go to Properties it only brings up the display properties, rather than how it used to have tabs at the top where you could choose to also se;ect the background/screensaver etc.

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I've not sorted this out over such a long time mainly because the computer is still working and it is not too much to put up with. But if anyone on here knows how I can get XP back to normal I would be most grateful.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 05:34 PM

Are you able to get your Display Properties by going to Start / Control Panel / Appearance and Themes / Display?
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Posted 04 October 2006 - 08:04 PM

I suspect that the SpySherrif removal had to break some stuff in order to get rid of all traces of the infection.

2 things to try:

Go to Start...Run...and type in "SFC.EXE /SCANNOW" (without the quotes and with a space between SFC.EXE and /SCANNOW), then press Enter. Have you XP installation CD handy in case it asks for it. If it does, please visit Windows Update immediately afterwards to check your update status.

If this doesn't work, you may have to try a repair install of Windows XP. Here's a link on how to do it: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:31 PM

tg1911 - I can get all of the functions by going into control panel, they all come up separately. as I said, it's not stopping me from doing anything it's just annoying and I kinda want XP with all of the pretty colours and whatnot.

usasma - i tried the first bit of advice and it couldn't find the file so didn't do anything. i read the other page so I might try that if i feel a bit more confident about not losing anything important.

thanks for the advice, much appreciated. this is just a minor aestetic problem but if there might be a simple solution it would be good to try it.

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:31 PM

The simple solution would be if you have the Windows Installation CD for this computer to run the system file checker tool.

THat would replace all corrupted or missing Windows XP system files without doing anything to your data or installed programs.

Sfc /scannow

Start -> Run and type in

Then, in the black box that appears (DOS emulator), type

sfc /scannow

Make sure that you leave a space between the sfc and the /.

Windows will then check that all operating system files are in place and original.

It may ask you to put the Windows XP CD in the cd drive.

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