XP SP-2 Changes Taskbar Look

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Sens Fan Happy In Ohio, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. Here's a new one! Our server at work is Windows XP SP-2 and running with
    the usual XP style blue and green theme with that grassy wallpaper that is
    the default. One day last week, without my knowing it, someone turned the
    server off for several hours. When it was turned back on, the theme was
    distorted. Instead of the XP-style look with rounded start button, the
    theme was back to looking like Windows 95-98-ME with the squared-off start
    button and colours. The wallpaper was still the same, but the rest had
    changed. When they tried to change it back they "claim" the XP-style was
    gone!

    Well I didn't believe it ... until today. Again, someone shut down the
    server. We figure the cleaning staff at night must hit it by accident
    because this AM it was off and the usual early AM person was not there to
    notice. When I came in I could not log into the server, so I turned it back
    on. Sure enough, right from bootup, the default XP theme was altered to
    look like Win 95-98-ME and the ability to change it back was gone. I
    restarted the server and it was fine.

    Any clue what's making this happen?

    --
    Kyle :eek:)

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    Sens Fan Happy In Ohio, Aug 9, 2005
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  2. "Sens Fan Happy In Ohio" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Here's a new one! Our server at work is Windows XP SP-2 and running with
    > the usual XP style blue and green theme with that grassy wallpaper that is
    > the default. One day last week, without my knowing it, someone turned the
    > server off for several hours. When it was turned back on, the theme was
    > distorted. Instead of the XP-style look with rounded start button, the
    > theme was back to looking like Windows 95-98-ME with the squared-off start
    > button and colours. The wallpaper was still the same, but the rest had
    > changed. When they tried to change it back they "claim" the XP-style was
    > gone!
    >
    > Well I didn't believe it ... until today. Again, someone shut down the
    > server. We figure the cleaning staff at night must hit it by accident
    > because this AM it was off and the usual early AM person was not there to
    > notice. When I came in I could not log into the server, so I turned it
    > back on. Sure enough, right from bootup, the default XP theme was altered
    > to look like Win 95-98-ME and the ability to change it back was gone. I
    > restarted the server and it was fine.
    >
    > Any clue what's making this happen?
    >



    The Themes Service wasn't running for some reason. Sounds like your server
    is being temperamental as its OS installation has been messed about with.

    ss.
    Synapse Syndrome, Aug 10, 2005
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  3. Sens Fan Happy In Ohio

    PC Guest

    "Sens Fan Happy In Ohio" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Here's a new one! Our server at work is Windows XP SP-2 and running with
    > the usual XP style blue and green theme with that grassy wallpaper that is
    > the default. One day last week, without my knowing it, someone turned the
    > server off for several hours. When it was turned back on, the theme was
    > distorted. Instead of the XP-style look with rounded start button, the
    > theme was back to looking like Windows 95-98-ME with the squared-off start
    > button and colours. The wallpaper was still the same, but the rest had
    > changed. When they tried to change it back they "claim" the XP-style was
    > gone!
    >
    > Well I didn't believe it ... until today. Again, someone shut down the
    > server. We figure the cleaning staff at night must hit it by accident
    > because this AM it was off and the usual early AM person was not there to
    > notice. When I came in I could not log into the server, so I turned it
    > back on. Sure enough, right from bootup, the default XP theme was altered
    > to look like Win 95-98-ME and the ability to change it back was gone. I
    > restarted the server and it was fine.
    >
    > Any clue what's making this happen?
    >
    > --
    > Kyle :eek:)
    >
    > Reply address is fake. Please send all praise, abuse, insults, bequests of
    > $1-million US dollars to sensfan_luvslisa (at) yahoo (dot) ca. Change the
    > obvious to the obvious. Oh, and if you must abuse or insult, don't expect
    > a reply. Money gets faster attention :)



    I would be looking for the reason the Server ended up 'off'.
    If that proves to be simply someone turning it off, and or nobody has been
    having a fiddle on the side etc, then I'd be looking at doing some Hardware
    tests.

    Cheers
    Paul.
    PC, Aug 10, 2005
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  4. In news:ddbcl1$fd7$-infra.bt.com, Synapse Syndrome
    <> first attempted to communicate with
    pen, but the writing was small, so next used sidewalk chalk, but the rain
    washed it away, and then switched to spray paint and stencils but the cans
    exploded, so placed fingers to keyboard for this:
    >
    > The Themes Service wasn't running for some reason. Sounds like your
    > server is being temperamental as its OS installation has been messed
    > about with.
    > ss.


    Do you suggest trying an O/S re-install? Or just leave well enough alone?
    Sens Fan Happy In Ohio, Aug 11, 2005
    #4
  5. In news:hMdKe.1649$, PC <> first
    attempted to communicate with pen, but the writing was small, so next used
    sidewalk chalk, but the rain washed it away, and then switched to spray
    paint and stencils but the cans exploded, so placed fingers to keyboard for
    this:
    >
    > I would be looking for the reason the Server ended up 'off'.
    > If that proves to be simply someone turning it off, and or nobody has
    > been having a fiddle on the side etc, then I'd be looking at doing
    > some Hardware tests.
    >
    > Cheers
    > Paul.


    Because it sits on the floor, the cleaning staff says that occasionally they
    might bump into the power button. Of course I didn't believe that one since
    it'd take a press-n-hold scenario to shut it down. But yes, we're looking
    into this.
    Sens Fan Happy In Ohio, Aug 11, 2005
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  6. Sens Fan Happy In Ohio

    Guest

    "Sens Fan Happy In Ohio" <> wrote:

    |>In news:hMdKe.1649$, PC <> first
    |>attempted to communicate with pen, but the writing was small, so next used
    |>sidewalk chalk, but the rain washed it away, and then switched to spray
    |>paint and stencils but the cans exploded, so placed fingers to keyboard for
    |>this:
    |>>
    |>> I would be looking for the reason the Server ended up 'off'.
    |>> If that proves to be simply someone turning it off, and or nobody has
    |>> been having a fiddle on the side etc, then I'd be looking at doing
    |>> some Hardware tests.


    |>Because it sits on the floor, the cleaning staff says that occasionally they
    |>might bump into the power button. Of course I didn't believe that one since
    |>it'd take a press-n-hold scenario to shut it down. But yes, we're looking
    |>into this.

    If you really want to find out when it shuts down or why.
    Start/Run perfmon.msc <enter>

    Run a log that saves to the disk, you can then load the log and view
    the events. Just have it update often.



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    , Aug 11, 2005
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