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Taskbar and start icons changed

by mulberryrd / September 1, 2008 8:43 AM PDT

I have an HP Pavilion with Vista Home Premium. My computer told me there was a problem and to close down in safe mode. Which I did. Everything seems to be fine except that all the icons in the taskbar look different. The start button is no longer round but is now a rectangle. How can I get this back to the way it was originally? Thank you.

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Are you still in Safe Mode?
by John.Wilkinson / September 1, 2008 9:52 AM PDT

If so, the Vista look is disabled, reverting to the 'Classic theme' that you see now. Simply reboot into normal mode to resolve the 'issue.' On the other hand, if you're in normal mode now try changing the theme using the display properties option in the Control Panel.

John

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Taskbar and start button
by mulberryrd / September 1, 2008 10:34 AM PDT

I don't think I'm in safe mode, how do I tell? Not very tech savy. I tried changing the display properties but it only changed the start menu. It did not change the start button or the taskbar. I have also restarted computer several times. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Success
by mulberryrd / September 2, 2008 2:40 AM PDT

I went back and tried your advice about changing the theme settings again and I must have done something right this time. I selected Windows Vista-apply-OK, and it worked! If at first you don't succeed..... Happy
Thank you for your help and advice. It's good to know there is someone to help me when I get myself into a mess.

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Glad you got it sorted...
by John.Wilkinson / September 2, 2008 3:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Success

For future reference, you can tell you're in Safe Mode by looking at the desktop background...it will be a plain black screen with "SAFE MODE" written in the corners.

Regards,
John

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