Windows Vista looking like Windows 98

  Jocat 15:03 18 Feb 11

I have a laptop running Windows Vista, recently, on startup has been slow and when eventually the screen shows it looks just like Windwos 98.
There is also a box that shows just down by the clock that says
Windows Notification, cannot start windows system event log.

I have googled but not got very far and it is starting to drive me crazy, so any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks in advance

  woodchip 15:25 18 Feb 11

right click task bar properties, check desktop not set to classic

  Jocat 16:23 19 Feb 11

Thanks Woodchip, unfortunately, desktop is not set to classic, I wish the problem was that easy to solve.

Not sure where to go next.

Thanks for your advice :)

  robzwolf 19:50 19 Feb 11

Right-click the desktop, go to personalize, click on themes and make sure u have vista or aero selected not windows classic

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