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Strange things with desktop

By Hungrymcpie
Oct 21, 2006
  1. I have been running my PC with no problem for around a year or so but i have this problem now with my desktop stuff, i am using window xp professional with sp2 but my taskbar and windows keep changing back to classic view without me changing the settings or anything, it happens at random and really screws up my computer when it does, i thought that my windows file could be corrupted so i reinstalled it but the problem is still there, my computer is also spyware and virus free so i dont know what could be causing the problem.
     
  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    I don`t quite understand why it would change at random,but here is the first

    thing to try -

    Locate these three keys -

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager

    HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager

    There is a key in the right-hand pane that need to be changed.

    The key is called "ThemeActive".Setting the value to 1 should give you the XP theme.0 gives you the classic theme.

    If that fails,there is more HERE including the Tweak UI option.And general theme troubleshooter HERE
     
  3. Hungrymcpie

    Hungrymcpie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    can you give me a hint as to where i would find these files???
     
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Virus? Have you run any virus control on the computer?
     
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Start-Run-Regedit (careful, one file deleted can mess up a computer)
     
  6. Hungrymcpie

    Hungrymcpie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried the themeactive thing, all the settings are right but the problem still seems to be there, i havent been able to check the settings for when the change happeneds though since it keeps changing back before i can access the panel. :(
     
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