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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by hmazuji, Aug 15, 2017.

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  1. hmazuji

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    this is the only xp question that comes to mind; must be nice having a 13 year old desktop that still runs like a top. so ... i've searched hi and low, however it eludes me. anyone know how to change the xp start menu color from blinding white (same color of this forum) to something less blinding? i've found how to set windows colors from white, and also windows menus, but the start menu is a different beast
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    As a side note, this site doesn't have to be "blinding white" if you don't want it to be. There are other skins you can choose by clicking on "default style" in the bottom left corner and choosing one of the other options.

    Also, you can adjust the brightness settings on your monitor in your display options or on the monitor itself to dim it down.
     
  4. hmazuji

    hmazuji Thread Starter

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    thank you for that. now i'm wondering if all web pages have their own theme. and where to look for them. because duckduckgo's is on the top right.
     
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    I don't think you will find a a lot of sites have options to change background themes but some do. I'm not sure if you can change the colour of that section of the start menu without some sort of risky registry hack but you can dim the overall display.
     
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    Easier to change the settings on your display. Lower the brightness. Adjust the whiteness using color management. color_management.jpg
     
  7. kenbok51

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    That menu looks like the XP default theme setting, have you tried changing it to classic ? The classic theme is more like Windows 98SE and it's usually what I use. Your monitor also has contrast and brightness settings that may help. Some monitors have an automatic adjustment that's triggered by how bright the room is. Turning that off and adjusting to your liking might give you a less shocking white if the auto is causing the issue.
     
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    Microsoft zune desktop theme for windows xp is a nice mellow theme.I use to have it when i had xp. Zune_Theme_XP.png
     
  9. OverTallman

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    Pretty much what he said. Additionally there are a few more official XP themes:
    • Royale (Media Center Edition default theme)
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    • Royale Noir
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    • Embedded (Embedded Editions default theme)
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    Since they're official themes they don't need a patched uxtheme.dll. All of them fit your bill. (None of them comes with white background on start menu)

    Someone in deviantArt actually made an official XP theme pack (go Google it, people are gonna give me trouble putting a link to "illegal" stuff), worth a look IMO.

    If you're fine with patching uxtheme.dll though, you'll open up a lot more options. No need to get your hands dirty as some tools will help you deal with it. I did this to all my XP machines (including VMs).
     
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