Solved what happened? all XP appeareance settings gone.

May 16, 2012 at 02:05:01
Specs: Windows XP, P3/512
how do i get back to default settings for winXP?

recently moved. pc was off for 2 weeks. turned on pc and all my appearance settings are gone.
font size and icons are too large. main concern is the adjustment bar usually at the bottom of the screen to go left or right has disappeared.

can i do a restore to get back my settings?
is there another way?
thanks for your time.


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May 16, 2012 at 21:38:02
thank you all for your answers.
this was one of those problems that magically solves itself overnight.

late last night tried every way i knew to fix - restarting, restoring, plus, plus.
nothing helped.
wake up today, turn on pc ready to try again, the pc has fixed itself.

love when that happens.



#1
May 16, 2012 at 03:41:41
It could be the graphics driver - if driver is missing or corrupted, Windows will default to it's own basic driver which makes everything appear larger on screen because the correct display resolution is not possible with the basic driver.

Look in Device Manager. If you see an error symbol in their it's most likely you just need to re-install the graphics driver. You can download this from your PC maker's website, or if it's a separate PCI or AGP graphics card (that is, not integrated on the motherboard) you can download the driver from that card maker's website.


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#2
May 16, 2012 at 12:36:40
Yes, it would be worth considering system restore to a time before you put the computer away..

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
May 16, 2012 at 16:42:34
Your problem has got nothing to do with the computer being off for two weeks.

Video drivers do not spontaneously get corrupted.

Something else must have changed.

"main concern is the adjustment bar usually at the bottom of the screen to go left or right has disappeared."

I have no idea what you're referring to.
Do you mean the Taskbar on the main desktop screen ?
- or - do you mean the bar at the bottom of the page in Internet Explorer ?

Windows has a full screen display mode.
Some people don't know about it.

When that's toggled on, when you have certain windows open in Windows itself, the bar at the bottom of the screen disappears .

When that's toggled on when you have a window open in Internet Explorer, the bar at the bottom of the screen disappears, and all of or most of the bars at the top of the screen disappear, but will appear again if your cursor is close to the top of the screen

You press F11 to toggle full screen display mode on / off .
....

"font size and icons are too large."

If this is a desktop computer, have you changed which monitor is connected to the computer ?

If yes, if the specific drivers that have been loaded for your video adapter don't recognize the monitor properly, Windows' Display Properties may automatically use a lower resolution, and in that case the icons on the screen and the text on the screen will be larger.

RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, choose Properties (goes to Display Properties)

Click on the Settings tab.

If it says unknown monitor or Default Monitor on (the name of your specific video adapter) , you must change the monitor type to at least Plug and Play Monitor.

See response 9 here:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Scroll down to...
"When you get to the desktop screen , RIGHT click on blank part of the main Desktop...


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May 16, 2012 at 21:38:02
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thank you all for your answers.
this was one of those problems that magically solves itself overnight.

late last night tried every way i knew to fix - restarting, restoring, plus, plus.
nothing helped.
wake up today, turn on pc ready to try again, the pc has fixed itself.

love when that happens.


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#5
May 17, 2012 at 07:35:37
It could have been anything, maybe a hardware glitch. If an electrolytic capacitor hasn't had voltage across it for a while it can cease to function but start working after it has re-formed. It might have been and edge connector playing up etc.

We will never really know unless it happens again and we can put a finger on it while it's present. You could look in Events to see if there is a clue there.

Glad to hear it's gone, hope it stays away (quite possible) and thanks for the update.


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