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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by telecom69, Apr 17, 2004.

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  1. telecom69

    telecom69 Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    When clicked on my desktop icons have taken to appearing as a blue bar,which I then have to maximize, either at the top or bottom of the screen in other words they are opening up minimized instead of full screen can anyone enlighten me why this is happening?
     
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    The last time I saw that was on a win 2000 pro machine.. The users profile was hosed. Not totally knowing what I was doing, I copied the the profile, deleted the original and gradually added stuff back into the newly created one to avoid a total re-install of all the software.. It did work however..

    -Newton
     
  3. telecom69

    telecom69 Gone but never forgotten Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply Newton,not quite with you on this,there is only me using the computer and I havent messed with any profiles etc....
     
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    UPDATE for anyone who might be interested in this annoying problem,I tried almost everything including running ad-aware,spy-bot and spyware blaster also my anti-virus,they all showed nothing untoward so I finally fixed it by doing a system restore,would still have liked to know what caused it to happen so if anyone has any ideas would appreciate info
     
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    Sorry it took so long to respond.. Seems like you've taken care of it anyway.
    Even though you are the only one on your system, you have a user profile.
    C:\ Documents and Settings\Your User Name (usually). There could also be one "All Users" and "Default User".
    I don't know how your profile becomes corrupt, but I've seen it happen several times.
    One of the symptoms you described is a classic example of a hosed profile. You open an application and it opens minimized or it will not allow you to adjust the size of the window.. Its either maxed or minimized to the tray.. Deleting a profile is pretty drastic, so it took me a while to figure that that was the problem. Sytem restore sounds like the trick for XP. A little tougher with 2000 : )

    -Newton
     
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    Probably a dumb question but...did you try going to Tools/Internet Options and resetting everything to default settings?
     
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    Does this look like it?
     

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    Many thanks to you Newton anyway for your input explaining your fix its always nice to learn take care and have a good day :)
     
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    Hi rude,yes I did try setting to defaults but it didnt fix it (i thought it might have ) with regard to your screen capture no it wasnt like a button,but like the blue bar across the very top of the screen on an open window,only it was under the address bar and I had to click on the maximize to open the window
     
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