XP Display Settings

  laurie53 09:58 24 Feb 09

I go to Control panel, Display, Appearance, Windows and Buttons and select "Windows Classic".

As soon as I reboot it reverts to Windows XP.

I've recently done a reinstall and I have obviously missed a checkbox somewhere.

Any assistance please?

  oldbeefer2 10:08 24 Feb 09

After 'Classic' - did you click 'apply'?

  User-1229748 10:25 24 Feb 09

what pc is it and does it have onboard graphics?

  laurie53 13:32 24 Feb 09

Yes, made sure I clicked 'Apply' before OK (I have tried to set this up several times.

It's a homebuild (Asus M2N4 with a Sapphire card). Don't think it's hardware as it's been working perfectly well for two years, and it's only since I reinstalled XP that the glitch has arisen.

I might try rolling back SP3 and see if that helps.

  User-1229748 13:49 24 Feb 09

a possible workaround could be selecting classic theme and then go into services and disable the themes service.

  canarieslover 14:02 24 Feb 09

I have a similar problem after XP Pro re-install except that mine sometimes boots to Classic and other times to XP desktop. I have worked round it by moving the saved Classic theme to the desktop where I can click on it straight away if it starts in XP mode. Obviously not a cure but it does save a bit of time and aggravation.

  laurie53 16:08 24 Feb 09

Thanks for that.

Obviously it is not a major thing, but, as you say, a pain and aggravation!

I would like to know why it only just started though.

I'll leave the thread open for a while until people get home from work.

  Stuartli 16:20 24 Feb 09

Have you tried right clicking the Start button>Properties>Start menu tab>Enable Classic Start menu>Customise button and then customising your requirements?

  Stuartli 16:22 24 Feb 09

You can reach the Display Properties panel quicker by right clicking on an empty area of the Desktop>Properties..:-)

  canarieslover 18:28 24 Feb 09

I don't know about laurie53 but I have tried re-installing graphics card and drivers as well as trying display settings. Apart from that glitch my system is running so much faster after re-install that I am reluctant to try too much in the registry. Unless something really helpful comes from my investigations on-line then I will leave well alone.

  woodchip 19:41 24 Feb 09

If you want Classic Windows. Its not in Display Properties, its by right clicking on the Task Bar\Properties

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