Windows XP stuck in Classic Mode

By Sai
Jun 5, 2006
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  1. Hi

    My Windows XP home version is stuck in classic mode ie I no longer have the Windows XP task bar and so on. If I rightclick on desktop>properties>appearence my only option is Windows classic style. Clicking on themes then selecting Windows XP theme simply changes the background wallpaper. If I click on the desktop tab the properties window mysteriously disappears.

    I've tried changing visual effects settings in rightclick my computer>properties>advanced>performance etc but nothing changed.

    I did have some spyware that was affecting my system. It was SpySheriff and Winstall.exe. I used the process described by this guy to remove it; http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic22402.html . After step 8 I rebooted in normal mode as he said and that is when it loaded in classic view and after following the rest of his steps it was still stuck in classic view.

    Since doing the above steps I have tried other spyware programs etc and they all mysteriously close half way through and scans, none have been able to finish for some unknown reason. I also have no restore points (why did I stop it :( ).


    Can anyone help me restore my Windows XP desktop view
  2. tomrca

    tomrca Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,051

    hi. you could always try systems restore. if that doesn't work post a hijack this log. get it from here. http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/
    your av programme may not be picking up some other virus
  3. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    Did you scan in safe mode ?

    Kelly`s Korner has several fixes for the classic theme problem Stuck in classic view and Restore themes functionality and Troubleshootingt themes

    In England it`s called Sod`s law.In Ireland it`s called Murphy`s law.In the U.S it`s call "Dubyas law"
  4. Sai

    Sai Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 41


    I have since scanned in safe mode and that cleaned a few things out but after restarting i now have other spyware. I think its called Spyware Quake 2.1 and some advertising spyware that i think might be associated with it :(

    This is realy starting to get anoying :(

    Oh and none of the above reg files helped :(


    Also i dont know how to post my HijackThis log any other way apart from posting it on here so i apologise if this anoys anyone but i realy need help :(
  5. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    Go to the Security and the web forum,and start a new thread called "Spyware,please help"

    Post your log as an attachment as described HERE Then Howard might see it.
  6. Sai

    Sai Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 41


    Sorry :(

    I have posted a new thread where you said to and attached my log as a .txt
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