XP Appearance changing after reboot

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Demon-Wolf

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Hi all

I am having a problem with one computer in the office. Login screen is all good looking and there are no issues. When anyone logs into the machine, the appearance of XP changes. Window headers get smaller, colours of a lot of things change and in general, the desktop looks odd.

I have tried changing themes within the XP style list (Blue, Silver, Olive), as well as tried to revert back to a previously saved theme, and while the major colours stay, text and many other colours change back to the wrong ones after reboot. So where the silver theme has a black text on silver gradient fill as a window header, after reboot, it has a white text on the silver gradient fill. Making it hard to read.

So we stick to blue for now. I have tried reinstalling the Luna themes that come with XP, still no improvement. System restore doesn't help. If I revert back to a classic theme, reboot, and it is as if I have changed nothing at all except that the style is in Windows Classic rather than XP Style.

I do suspect a virus has changed something somewhere although a number of up-to-date anti-virus applications have not turned up anything.

I have uploaded 2 pictures, one being the bugged PC, the other is one right next to it without any issues.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated in this.

Regards
 

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Demon-Wolf

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Yes, thought it was that originally too. But then why would the login screen be ok?
 

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Could there be a color profile set from your graphics card driver software? NVIDIA for instance, has a Control Panel to change that profile. If NvCplDaemon (NVIDIA Display Properties Extension) is in your Startup programs (msconfig), that profile will be loaded every time.
 

Demon-Wolf

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No, it isn't that either. I have seen this on a few PCs and it is't related to hardware. Something is screwed with Windows.

If it was hardware, I wouldn't be able to change it to the right colours. Which I can do until the next reboot. And, hardware can't affect window heading bar size.
 
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No, it isn't that either. I have seen this on a few PCs and it is't related to hardware. Something is screwed with Windows.

If it was hardware, I wouldn't be able to change it to the right colours. Which I can do until the next reboot. And, hardware can't affect window heading bar size.
How are you changing the colours?
 

Demon-Wolf

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Be resetting it to the Xp Styles Blue theme under the Appearance tab. But after reboot, it reverts back to the wrong colours
 

Phantom010

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Try the following fix: Save Settings on Exit

Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.

Reboot.

If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
 
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Try applying the default LUNA.theme (Windows XP) listed under the Theme tab in the display properties window.
If that doesn't hold it in memory on reboot, then apply it again, then click the "Save As" button and browse to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes and overwrite the default LUNA.theme file located there.

Hope this helps,
Jim
 
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Phantom010, you can also Right-Click a .reg file and choose "Merge" to apply it.
 
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