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Riptide

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A long time ago (months, I don't even remember when) I changed my theme to classic intentionally. Now however, I'm tired of looking at it and I want the XP theme back. The only problem is that there is no option to select the Window's XP theme and I have no idea where to look if I have to browse for it.

I've run Adaware and I've removed some Tracking Cookies if that helps. Also, Everything should be up to date.
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Alright, you right click the desktop and go to "Properties" Then go to the "Appearance" tab. Go to the drop down menu "Windows and buttons:" And you should see two options, "Windows Classic Style" and "Windows XP Style." I think you can figure the rest out from there.
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I apologize that I didn't make this clear in my first post. I have gone there already, and the option for the XP theme is no where at all in the dropdown menu. It only says:

My Current Theme
Windows Classic
Find more themes online
Browse..

EDIT:

Okay, the drop down menu in appearances only states "Windows Classic". (Sorry, the first was the theme tab, but the problem remains. )

Edited by Riptide, 25 February 2007 - 05:40 PM.

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wannabe1

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Hi Riptide...

Download the attached file and save it to your desktop. Right click the downloaded file and choose "Extract All". Extract the files to C:\Windows\Resources and let it overwrite any of the existing files if you are so prompted.

Reboot and see if the XP Theme has returned.

Attached File  Themes.zip   787.13KB   217 downloads

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Riptide

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I followed your instructions, and Windows XP dosen't appear automatticaly in the drop down list. I can Browse for it, but when I select it it says:

"The theme cannot be loaded because the theme service is not running. You can turn the service on in the Computer Management Administrative Tool in the Control Panel."

I cannot seem to find this though. And, the computer never asked to rewrite any files.
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Click Start, then Run, type services.msc and click "Ok". In the Services window, scroll down to and select "Themes"...is the service shown as "Started"?
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Sorry for not getting back to you sooner.

Anyway, Themes is not 'Started'. And It's start up type is 'Disabled' incase you needed to know.
Also, when I right click, the Start option is non selectible. However, I could possibly change the startup type in properties.
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Double click on the Themes service. Change the startup type to Automatic, then click on the "Start" button, and "Apply" the change.

Are you able to start the service this way?
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Just an add on :whistling: : Try using services.msc by typing it in Start/Run window. These will be in alphabetical order so scroll down to Themes. The left pane window will show "Stop the service" or "Restart the service" along with the description of the service.

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Yeah, setting it to automatic allowed me to start the service! Thank you very much for your help.

I still wonder how it was turned off in the first place though.. I guess the world will never know.
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Lots of malware (spyware & viruses) can cause windows to be forced into the classic theme. It would probably be a smart idea to take a walk over to the Malware Forum and run the self-help tools to see if they find anything. If they do, then post a HJT log in THAT forum.

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I concur.

There are some older applications that will disable the Themes service when they are run in compatibility mode. This is pretty rare though...I would rather suspect malware.
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