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more bloody annoying than urgent!

by Kris321 / July 1, 2004 1:22 AM PDT

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help?

Firstly, I have windows xp (upgraded from ME), however, the theme keeps changing to classic. Every 10mins - 2hrs (even if the theme is already classic) the please wait sign comes up, the computer halts and it loads up the windows classic theme. I do not know what it causing this (I have 3 adware/spyware/trojan detectors and they do not find anything. This is really annoying, especially when I am playing a game.

Secondly, some of the keyboard keys do not work properly, for example the @ and the " have swapped round, the numpad numbers dont work and various other keys have swapped (however, not the letters). It used to work but not any more.

I would appreciate any help possible.
Thanks Very Much
Kris

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Re: more bloody annoying than urgent!
by Cursorcowboy / July 1, 2004 1:41 AM PDT

1. A Desktop Theme is a predefined set of icons, fonts, colors, sounds, and other window elements that gives a desktop a unified and distinctive look. Themes can be switched, deleted, created -- by changing a theme and then saving it with a new name, or simply use the traditional "Windows Classic" look.

2. "Skins" can be had from here.

3. When applying a Classic theme, a small arrow ( > ) instead of a large arrow ( > ) may be displayed on the More Programs button of the Start menu if any elements which are defined by a Microsoft visual style file are either missing or incorrect. However, it can be observed that under the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties, the Start Menu screen can display a bitmap of the large arrow button regardless of the current theme since the bitmap is not properly updated in some instances and may not accurately reflect a theme change.

4. When browsing for themes in the Display Properties dialog box, the defaults are, [Q307147]:

a. browsing is the Program Files folder

b. saving is the My Documents folder

5. Fixing the dreaded "Parser Message: Value creation failed " at line 472" error. This is a problem with the file shellstyle.dll which is included in most visual styles, "Tips & Tricks."

6. Supplemental reading:

a. "Internet Explorer Menu Items Do Not Use the Desktop Theme on a 64-Bit Windows XP-Based Computer (Q283181)."

b. "Plus! 98 Themes Are Replaced When You Upgrade to Windows XP (Q291700)."

c. "HOW TO: Configure Desktop Themes in Windows XP (307855)."

Note: Themes along with a lot of other components you'll learn to turn off so the computer runs a little faster and less system resources are used.

d. "HOW TO: Distribute a Custom Desktop Theme to Users (Q310514)."

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Re: more bloody annoying than urgent!
by shadowworks / July 1, 2004 5:52 PM PDT

u may have a bad install, backup ur stuff,reformat drive,use XP disc to load OS, when it asks THEN use ME disc, don't select upgrade use pulldown and use new(clean)this works, I do it when needed on mine..

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Re: more bloody annoying than urgent!
by ereedks / July 1, 2004 11:05 PM PDT

I want to get some clarification on something. I have A+, N+, and Windows 2000 Pro/Server certs as well a degree in Computer Science. When you say you "upgraded from ME", did you use a Windows XP "full install" disk, or just the "upgrade" disk? This makes a BIG difference. If you only did the "upgrade", you will have as many problems with XP as you did with ME. If you take an unstable system, ME, and install a stable system(XP or any other) over it, YOU STILL HAVE AN UNSTABLE SYSTEM. Imagine it is your house. If you put a glorious mansion on a faulty foundation, how good is the house? It is only as good as the foundation it's built on. Reading the problems you are having, I am willing to be you did an upgrade instead of the full install. We were taught in all our tech classes to NEVER do an "upgrade", but to always use a clean install. If you did an upgrade, there's not going to be much anyone can do for you. You must do a clean install, especially to go from ME to XP. ME is just too unstable.

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Re: more bloody annoying than urgent!
by Kris321 / July 2, 2004 2:14 AM PDT

Thanks for the feedback.
Yes, I think it was an upgrade.... It did solve some problems though, for example, 'help and support' would not open on ME, now it does. Also, loads of programs would not install and now they will with XP.

Is there not a driver or any settings that I can change for the keyboard? I have Navigator Office XP (typhoon) keyboard.

Also, is there any file that can be altered to stop the theme changing?

If there is nothing u can do then I may have to reformat....

Thanks

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Re: more bloody annoying than urgent!
by planetoz / July 2, 2004 4:28 AM PDT

sorry bud, not really, like it was said in last post, if upgraded from ME your best bet is to format the drive and start over with a stable running system like XP (full version) you may be able to tweek with some settings but all in all your system will be unstable :\ when working with most windows upgrades

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