Missing bar w/options at left of My Computer screen

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I don't know what the correct name for this area is, but I seem to have lost the bar along the left hand side of My Computer window. It had some useful stuff in ther, like a link to the Control Panel. All I see now is a list of the drives in my system. Can someone tell me how to get that back?

I also seem to have lost the tab in the Dektop Properies dialog box that lets me change the wallpaper. Please help if you can!
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SmokePipe said:
I don't know what the correct name for this area is, but I seem to have lost the bar along the left hand side of My Computer window. It had some useful stuff in ther, like a link to the Control Panel. All I see now is a list of the drives in my system. Can someone tell me how to get that back?

I also seem to have lost the tab in the Dektop Properies dialog box that lets me change the wallpaper. Please help if you can!
:)

Click start / control panel / system / advanced / performance settings / then tick the box to "let windows choose whats best for my computer".
 

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I tried your suggestion, but it was already checked. Hit apply and restarted but no resolution to either issue.
 
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go to start / run / services.msc
scroll down to themes, double click and verify its on auto .
 
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One last thing
Right click the desktop and select properties / appearance
In the upper dropdown menu box make sure its set to xp style.
 
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Not sure about the bar along the left side.

But to get the link to the Control Panel back again:

Tools / Folder Options / View
Scroll down and check "Show Control Panel in My Computer"
 
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Got it:

Right Click My Computer
Advanced tab
Performance / Settings button
Scroll down almost to the bottom
Check "Use common tasks in folders"

No reboot is required.
 
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