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Help! Icons on desktop and archive files changed color

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Hi, I need help with a problem that I am having and that is driving me crazy.
Recently I was configuring my pc (windows XP service pack 2) and was rebooting it when I got a message on screen which I foolishly ignored and continued shutting down the pc.
When I turned it up again some of my desktop icons (not all of them) and also some of the icons on the windows explorer changed color! The image of some icons on the desktop is sometimes transparent (showing the background wallpaper), other icons have changed color completely (red is now blue.. etc) and other icons surprisingly remained the same.
If I open the windoes explorer I can see some icons that now have a light blue border inside the image.
If I try to change the icon to the original one I can successfully do it.. but when I reboot the pc they all display the same characteristics I described before.
Can anyone help me with this? this is driving me insane. I wish I could have more info on why this happened but I think it has to do with the message that the PC displayed and that I didn't read :tazz:
It is not because of number of colors or anything.. I still have the PC configured with the same number of colors and also it wouldn't explain why on windows explorer, some icons now have a light blue border... agghh.. it is driving me nuts! :)

I would really appreciate if anyone knows how to fix this!!!

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See if you can use system restore to get to a point before the changes

1. Restart your computer, and then press F8 during the initial startup to start your computer in Safe Mode with a command prompt.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:


4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP

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Thanks for the post!
I already tried that but it didn't work.. I got to a previous config. and everything changed except the icon colors! :) :)

However I started playing with the control panel settings and changing them everywhere when I finally could fix the problem .. though I think it was not a specific setting but a combination of many.. since I didn't do any different than what I was already doing before and it wasn't working.

Anyways.. thanks!!! I really appreciate the quick reply!! :tazz:
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