Which Service controls the XP visual theme?

By BlackScarlet
Aug 19, 2011
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  1. I recently noticed a lot of services running on my machine, and in an effort to save resources, disabled a lot of them. I did this all by doing research on each one to see which was necessary, so I didn't think I had done anything out of line, but when I restarted, my XP themes were reverted back to the win98 style, see screenshot.

    Does anyone know which of the services provides this style? It's not practical to go through each of them and restart the computer each time...
    See screenshot for list of services I've kept enabled, and which I disabled.

    Also, strangely, I kept Task Scheduler enabled, but when I restarted it wasn't working, and in the Services tab it now says Stopped. How come? I never disabled it.

    Any help is appreciated.

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  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    I'm trying to understand your problem - your visual.png shows nothing but a normal firefox screen, which is not affected by XP themes. Firefox has it's own themes.

    The services.png shows task scheduler and themes as both stopped. To start them, click start, run, then in the box type msconfig and press enter. On the services tab, just click to enable those two services, click ok and reboot.

    Themes are now active. To regain whatever theme you wanted, right-click an empty part of the desktop and select properties. The first tab is 'themes' and the one for a win98 look is called 'windows classic' - presumably you want something else....
  3. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    Look at the top of the bar.
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Run | services.msc | Themes | Properties | Startup time | Disabled

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