Icons and windows are huge after windows xp updates

August 30, 2012 at 11:25:29
Specs: Windows XP
My pc was so old it needed to have XP sp 2 and 3 manually loaded before windows automatic update website would allow automatic updates to occur. Once the automatic updates took over, it had 130 updates the pc needed from sitting for over 6 years offline (it was an old business computer collecting dust from a business closing). After those updates were installed on my pc and it rebooted the icons and windows were all so large....I tried going to Properties>Settings and adjusting but no matter what I changed it to and hit 'apply' it still would not change anything and reverted back to large icons and windows. The only thing I can think of is 1 of the win xp updates that were done caused an issue. How do I fix this so that I can adjust my settings again without removing each of the 130 windows updates manually to see which caused the issue? Any help would be appreciated.

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August 30, 2012 at 13:27:32
I don't know why, but it sounds like you lost your graphics drivers. Open Device manager and see if there is any yellow caution marks next to your graphics adapter. You didn't list any system specs, so no one can help you find them.

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August 31, 2012 at 11:35:28

As suggested by “grasshopper”, if reinstallation of the graphic driver took care of the issue, then the problem could be with the Windows update. But if the issue still persists then you can even try doing System Restore to a date when your system was working fine.

To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
2. Click “Start”, click “All Programs”, click “Accessories”, click “System Tools”, and then click “System Restore”.
3. On the “Welcome to System Restore” page, click to select “Restore my computer to an earlier time” option and then click “Next”.
4. On “Select a Restore Point” page, click the most recent system restore point in the “On this list, click a restore point” list, and then click “Next”. A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click “OK”.
5. On “Confirm Restore Point Selection” page, click “next”. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
6. Log on to the computer as an Administrator. Then click “OK” on the System Restore “Restoration Complete” page.

If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state, and the computer performs as expected, then issue will be resolved.

Kindly get back if there are any further queries.

Thanks & Regards
Debbie B

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