Weird Title Bar Behavior

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
September 12, 2009 at 00:11:38
Specs: Windows XP Media Center, 800 MHz (shut up) 512Mbs (also shut up, that's not the point)
Hey, I've recently formatted my old computer and installed XP on it. It has two hard drives, the main one was half full just on the install files so I tried to switch the Documents and Settings folder over to the other. After a hiccup or two everything was fine except for one thing, the title bar was...smaller. Changing the active title bar setting didn't help, but I planned on installing a different theme to it (a 3rd party theme) so I didn't think it'd be a problem but when I did it cuts off the very top of the title bar. I tried to Google the problem but I couldn't find anything, so I hope giving a specific question will help. I don't have screen shots, but if you have a hard time understanding the question I guess I'll get them. Thanks to anyone who can help, I don't mean to rush but I kind of need an answer quickly (I don't have much time to fix this, lets put it at that).

P.S. I should tell you that the problem is on a really old computer and I normally use a much better one (the one I'm using now). It works well enough for small things which is why I still have it. Also, don't anyone even think about telling me to BUY a new computer, economically out of the question.


I have screen-shots now of the problem. Please direct your attention to the title bar of the window in all of the screen-shots.

3rd party theme applied

3rd party theme applied showing button overlap (forgot to mention this)

Royal (Media Center theme) applied

Royal showing that button overlap doesn't happen

From all this it must mean this is a supported feature or else they wouldn't have made their themes work with it (or that's how I figure it) so there must be some way to change it back.

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September 12, 2009 at 03:35:51
oh...try changing the windows xp...used to work for me...

Windows XP user

i would appreciate if everybody that has received help from me to say if my suggestions works...

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September 12, 2009 at 04:16:10

Ignore the above comments. darko010101 is just working hard for medal...


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September 12, 2009 at 10:30:08
Well thanks for trying to help, however that doesn't work. I tried the Zune theme and it does the same as Royal does. Interesting enough I noticed that custom themes for individual programs (such as IOBit applications and Comodo Firewall) don't re-size or glitch out, which I though was interesting (and possibly important).

P.S. Sorry, the whole time I called the Media Center theme "Royal", but it's really called "Royale" bad :P.

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September 13, 2009 at 09:11:28
hi "darko010101", hi "Sean_S", hi "XpUser"

i found an interesting thing

right click on desktop > properties > under Appearance tab click on "Advanced"

then click on the Active Windows on the picture, set the size to 25 and the font to 10 ( that`s same as my computer )

do it for inactive window too

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September 13, 2009 at 09:26:57
I tried that, however recently I discovered what the "real" problem is; I can't change ANY setting under the appearance tab. I can change the theme, wallpaper and resolution but anything under the appearance tab; any change I make there do not apply themselves and revert to default with the exception of the title bar size, which goes to the size in the screen-shots. (active and inactive title bar size, default being 25 being forcefully set to 18). Darn, this is deeper then I thought.

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September 13, 2009 at 09:29:30
yeah, but to make the title bar fine you need to set it`s size to 25

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September 13, 2009 at 09:33:18
Yes that was part of what I tried (in fact it auto sets both to the same when I try to change their one of them). This seems to be a deeper problem then I thought, there may be a chance that something is damaged and more could be faulting then I thought, but lets hope not.

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September 13, 2009 at 09:39:31
sorry for the bad spelling
i edited it
i was writing too way fast and...

go to device manager and check for any yellow markers

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September 13, 2009 at 09:45:15
No, there are no missing devices. In any case, I'm not sure how it would cause this particular problem unless you were thinking I might have been missing my graphics controller driver (Intel Graphics Controller), though even then I'm not certain that I would have this problem (never tried to change my appearance settings before installing my graphic's drivers but the option was always still there for me).

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September 13, 2009 at 09:49:22
yes, i thought you are missing VGA controller (Intel Graphics Controller in your case)

i am out of suggestions, sorry to say

but i hope somebody else can help you on this forum

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September 13, 2009 at 09:53:00
That's alright, thanks for trying to help. Really it's a simple problem that's easy to live with (as long as I stick to an official theme that supports differing title bar sizes) and in any case, makes the title bar seem more...compact. Still hope someone can help soon, but again, thanks for trying to help.

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