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How do I reset my desktop/browser to default?

November 16, 2010 at 18:28:56
Specs: Windows XP

This afternoon, I shut my laptop (while still on). I had been playing a Shockwave.com downloaded game (which I paused and ctrl+alt+deleted into task manager and went to look up something online and never went back to the game - because I forgot I was playing it). When I came back to my laptop later and opened it back up, everything was off! (much bigger ... I'm not too tech savvy but you know when a game is loading on your computer and for a second before it starts up you can see your desktop and the icons are bigger etc? Yeah my entire computer is like that now.) Even my web browser ... nothing fits in the screen anymore and it's ticking me off. Other than manually switching everything back (because I've tried that and my desktop is looking quasi normal but not really and I can't change my browser (Google Chrome) because I can't figure out how ... how do I fix these?!?! I'm desperate. Please help!

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#1
November 16, 2010 at 18:52:06

System Restore to yesterday might be something you could consider...just a thought.

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#2
November 16, 2010 at 19:26:05

How do I do that?

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#3
November 16, 2010 at 20:01:26

Alright, I figured out how to do that (restore to a prior days setting). But it says that no changes have been made so there is nothing to fix. I don't know what to do?!?

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#4
November 16, 2010 at 20:06:29

There are a number of ways, but this one is "classic":
• Start (button)
• All Programs
• Accessories
• System Tools
• System Restore
• Check: "Restore my computer to an earlier time" (or words to that effect)
• Click Next>
• Select a time/date (in bold) that precedes your problem.
• Click Next>
• and follow through the prompts (computer will re-boot, and inform you if the restore to that date was successful).

However, if you have never even been "near" System Restore, I suspect there are way too many restore points and System Restore may have been rendered somewhat less than functional (not your fault, more M$'s...)-- for reasons that don't relate to your present problem, so an explanation would be more confusing than helpful.


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#5
November 17, 2010 at 05:05:33

Yeah that didn't work. Any other ideas? Or do you know any other way for me to ask this question? (so that I can look it up online or ask another forum?) I'm desperate. Everything is off on my computer and it's driving me crazy!

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#6
November 17, 2010 at 05:56:46

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop. Choose Properties> display. Move the slider to the right.

This behavior probably has nothing to do with the browser you are using. The game wanted to use a lower screen resolution than you had been using and reset it.


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#7
November 17, 2010 at 09:13:26

You are a wunderkind! I love you! You have no idea how much this was bothering me!

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#8
November 17, 2010 at 09:14:12

Glad to help, if what I posted helped you.

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#9
November 17, 2010 at 09:39:03

It did OtheHill. You are officially my computer's best friend and my honorary knight in shining armor today!

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