Appearance Has Changed in Windows XP

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TheProfessor101

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Happy Holidays Everyone!,

I hope all is well and that everyone's 2012 is winding down in a good way.

With the family having completed their visit and with a number of users accessing my laptop, the general appearance of my OS has changed. Things look very 2002 all of sudden. I've tried to use my limited abilities to fix things but have had no success. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!,
Brian
 

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Since the general appearance of XP has changed little if at all since 2002 you may need to be more specific about your issue. They changed the desktop background? Or the Start Menu? Or added/subtracted the Quick Launch bar? Or made changes to the Notification Area? ???
 

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All of the buttons, icons, etc no longer have the same appearance. Instead the Start Button and all the other icons look like they did a generation ago.
 

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Right click on an empty spot of the desktop - Properties - Themes tab - sounds like maybe the Theme is 'Windows Classic" and you want "Windows XP." At least, that's somewhere to look.
 

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Wow! Do I feel like both a boob and a rube! That was it.

The brother-in-law claimed he configured the slow-running laptop to run better; now I think I've found a number of items he's tried.

As a quick aside: is there a way to cost effectively (i.e., freely) to upgrade from XP to a better OS?
 

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Windows 8 Upgrade costs $40. Make sure you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant before thinking seriously about such a purchase.

Depending on what software you use and your hardware there are many Linux distributions that you may or may not consider to be better than XP. Ubuntu (and derivatives Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Mint etc.) is probably the most popular. IMO Puppy Linux is a pretty good light weight option. Here is one list with links. Nearly all are free and nearly all can be tried as a Live CD (or Live USB flash drive) without installing.
 
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