XP using win 2k icons

March 3, 2009 at 13:07:31
Specs: Windows XP
I have recently formatted and re-installed windows on my pc, all was fine for the first day or two but now all the icons are from Windows 2000 and I can't get them back to being XP. It's annoying me that much that I might reinstall but would rather fix.

Screenshots:

www.jinx-inc.co.uk/work1.jpg
www.jinx-inc.co.uk/work2.jpg

Any help much appreciated


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#1
March 3, 2009 at 14:14:04
That doesn't look like Win2000 to me. Looks like the default WinXP stuff. I couldn't say for sure because I use the Classic View.

That said, you can change icons without re-installing. Right click on an icon you don't like, choose propeties, change icon, and choose a different one.


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#2
March 3, 2009 at 14:43:12
Seems, that you simply have to switch the design in the display properties.
Rightclick on the desktop, choose properties, design and take a look at the drop down list.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!


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#3
March 3, 2009 at 15:19:52
I don't like the way you have your desktop set up, but other than that, those ARE the standard XP icons. Since you just reinstalled XP, my guess is you didn't install the video drivers & are running standard VGA default. And if you didn't install the video drivers, you probably didn't install the chipset, sound or network drivers either.

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#4
March 4, 2009 at 03:24:09
OtheHill:

If I right click on the icon it shows the default XP one, not the one that is actually shown on the desktop.

PaulSep:

I have tried changing between all the different types in the display properties. Windows Classic, Windows XP and so on, all make no difference.

Jam:

The icons in those screenshots are definately not standard XP icons. I have uploaded two more pictures of a default "My Computer" & "Start Menu" view from another machine of mine.

http://www.jinx-inc.co.uk/defaultxp...
http://www.jinx-inc.co.uk/startmenu...

I am pretty sure it's a registry setting that's gone up the spout, because the setup is fine.

Thanks for the replies.


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#5
March 4, 2009 at 03:28:43
I don't know what you expect to see. Those icons look like the standard WinXP icons to me. You may have run some tweaks to change icons in the past and have forgotten.

When right clicking on an icon and choosing properties do you see an option to change icon?


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#6
March 4, 2009 at 04:59:47
OtheHill:

If I right click on the icon it shows the default XP one, not the one that is actually shown on the desktop.

PaulSep:

I have tried changing between all the different types in the display properties. Windows Classic, Windows XP and so on, all make no difference.

Jam:

The icons in those screenshots are definately not standard XP icons. I have uploaded two more pictures of a default "My Computer" & "Start Menu" view from another machine of mine.

http://www.jinx-inc.co.uk/defaultxp...
http://www.jinx-inc.co.uk/startmenu...

I am pretty sure it's a registry setting that's gone up the spout, because the setup is fine.

Thanks for the replies.


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#7
March 4, 2009 at 05:31:25
Jinx-Inc, I agree with OtheHill. Those icons in your two screenshots appear to be the XP default icons and I see nothing wrong with them.

Tufenuf


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#8
March 4, 2009 at 05:49:54
When you right click on an icon nothing should HAPPEN. Choose properties and a button to change icon should be displayed. Depending on the icon, you may have additional choices. You can also import icons.

As I stated above the default icons may have been replaced on a previous installation. If not by you then someone else. There are many methods to do that.

Does your computer run OK other than the icon issue?

As jam stated somewhere above you may not have installed the needed drivers and that can affect how icons look.

Needed drivers include: motherboard chipset, graphic, sound, LAN. Possibly monitor drivers if using an LCD display.


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#9
March 4, 2009 at 08:38:18
hi

looks like you have one of those 'royale type themes' installed
or one of your dll files are damaged/replaced/messed
the notepad icon is different on xp opens left to right that looks like a win98 icon hehe

see the silver theme for vista link, comes in a variety of versions on xp
http://www.themesheaven.com/?s=silv...

see the notepad icon the blue book opens right to left

xp pro notepad icon opens left to right.theres a bunch of shell packs available , right click on desktop theme what other themes are installed? heres a guess theres, silver or somthing listed.

OthHills post 8 sums it up


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