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XP Home > reverts to Windows Classic Style on reboot

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by James Hurrell, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. James Hurrell

    James Hurrell Flightless Bird

    Have a Win XP Home PC on SP3 that has just started to revert to the
    Windows Classic Style on reboot. In addition, the screen resolution is
    shrunk from 1024x768 to 640x480. Not life threatening, but annoying
    nonetheless.

    I have googled the Windows Class problem and it seems I'm not alone. I
    have specifically tried the solution listed here:

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/top10faqs.htm

    i.e edit the registry using the reg file 214 and all "other checkpoints"
    are verified OK.

    However, on reboot the problem persists... can anyone point me in the
    right direction?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    etc.).

    Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    etc.).

    Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    Mode may not disable the application's system protections.

    James Hurrell wrote:
    > Have a Win XP Home PC on SP3 that has just started to revert to the
    > Windows Classic Style on reboot. In addition, the screen resolution is
    > shrunk from 1024x768 to 640x480. Not life threatening, but annoying
    > nonetheless.
    >
    > I have googled the Windows Class problem and it seems I'm not alone. I
    > have specifically tried the solution listed here:
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/top10faqs.htm
    >
    > i.e edit the registry using the reg file 214 and all "other checkpoints"
    > are verified OK.
    >
    > However, on reboot the problem persists... can anyone point me in the
    > right direction?
    >
    > Many thanks.
     
  3. James Hurrell

    James Hurrell Flightless Bird

    On 24/04/2010 23:53, PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    > applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These
    > include anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea
    > Timer, SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy,
    > WinPatrol, etc), anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton,
    > McAfee, ESET/NOD32, Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party
    > firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm, etc.).
    >
    > Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into
    > Safe Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    > One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    > applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These
    > include anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea
    > Timer, SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy,
    > WinPatrol, etc), anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton,
    > McAfee, ESET/NOD32, Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party
    > firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm, etc.).
    >
    > Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into
    > Safe Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    >


    Thanks for your reply. Will check this out, but FYI, this machine was
    re-installed from scratch only 3 weeks ago. There are no anti-spyware
    applications installed. Anti-Virus is AVG Free.

    Thanks
     
  4. Elmo

    Elmo Flightless Bird

    James Hurrell wrote:
    > Have a Win XP Home PC on SP3 that has just started to revert to the
    > Windows Classic Style on reboot. In addition, the screen resolution is
    > shrunk from 1024x768 to 640x480. Not life-threatening, but annoying
    > nonetheless.
    >
    > I have Googled the Windows Class problem and it seems I'm not alone. I
    > have specifically tried the solution listed here:
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/top10faqs.htm
    >
    > i.e edit the registry using the reg file 214 and all "other checkpoints"
    > are verified OK.
    >
    > However, on reboot the problem persists... can anyone point me in the
    > right direction?
    >
    > Many thanks.


    Maybe this one:

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    Line 30. Windows XP Doesn't Save User Settings

    --
    Joe =o)
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    James Hurrell" <"j_a_hurrell at hotmail com wrote:
    > Thanks for your reply. Will check this out, but FYI, this machine was
    > re-installed from scratch only 3 weeks ago. There are no anti-spyware
    > applications installed. Anti-Virus is AVG Free.


    Did a Norton or McAfee free trial come preinstalled on the computer when you
    bought it?

    Has WinXP SP3 been installed and is the computer fully-patched at Windows
    Update?
     
  6. James Hurrell

    James Hurrell Flightless Bird

    On 26/04/2010 14:29, PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > James Hurrell" <"j_a_hurrell at hotmail com wrote:
    >> Thanks for your reply. Will check this out, but FYI, this machine was
    >> re-installed from scratch only 3 weeks ago. There are no anti-spyware
    >> applications installed. Anti-Virus is AVG Free.

    >
    > Did a Norton or McAfee free trial come preinstalled on the computer when
    > you bought it?


    No, it's a fresh retail (non OEM) copy of XP (obtained from MS)
    installed on a brand new HDD.

    >
    > Has WinXP SP3 been installed and is the computer fully-patched at
    > Windows Update?


    I believe so. I will double check - the machine is not with me currently.

    Thanks again.
     
  7. James Hurrell

    James Hurrell Flightless Bird

    On 26/04/2010 14:23, Elmo wrote:
    > James Hurrell wrote:
    >> Have a Win XP Home PC on SP3 that has just started to revert to the
    >> Windows Classic Style on reboot. In addition, the screen resolution is
    >> shrunk from 1024x768 to 640x480. Not life-threatening, but annoying
    >> nonetheless.
    >>
    >> I have Googled the Windows Class problem and it seems I'm not alone. I
    >> have specifically tried the solution listed here:
    >>
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/top10faqs.htm
    >>
    >> i.e edit the registry using the reg file 214 and all "other checkpoints"
    >> are verified OK.
    >>
    >> However, on reboot the problem persists... can anyone point me in the
    >> right direction?
    >>
    >> Many thanks.

    >
    > Maybe this one:
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    > Line 30. Windows XP Doesn't Save User Settings
    >

    Thanks will try that too.
     

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