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Kids accidently messed up the windows display properties.  The icon sizes are different and the fonts on the desktop and other windows, including all my user applications, have changed.  I've messed with the "Display Properties" sheet for days, but I've been unable to get things back to where they were.  I'm not very  computer literate; have W95 4.00.950a.  How can I get back to where I was a couple of days ago.  I did back up the hard disk, including the registry, before the kids used the computer.
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I think you may be close to answering your own answer. Go to the Display properties sheet and click to display the Appearance tab. There you can select a "scheme" which as some preset settings, or you can click on whatever you want to change - color, font type, size, etc. If you have MS-Plus! with your Win95, you will have a Plus tab in Display properties. If you don't want certain screen options there, you can disable them. Or with Plus! you can select a certain theme if you like, from Control Panel -> Plus.
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I have been working on the Appearance tab for the last several days but have been unable to correct the various displays using the options on the tab.  None of the options apparently affect some of the displays that have gone wrong, such as the fonts in the application programs and the icons on the menu bars at the top of the screens for these programs.

If I restore the the registry to the day before the displays were changed, will that solve the problem?  If so, which windows file(s) do I restore, and is there anything I should be careful of, or need also  to do as part of the restore.

Any other suggestions?


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STOP, if you are indeed as you say computer illiterate DO NOT TOUCH YOUR REGISTRY.  The registry is one thing where indeed you really need to be an expert before even considering restoring it.  Too many things can and generally WILL go wrong.  Again I say.  DO NOT TOUCH YOUR REGISTRY.  I think the best thing you can do is continue with playing with the settings in your display properties.  If you are missing icons for apps you had on your desktop these are relatively easy to restore, you can either drag and drop the application to the desktop or right click and choose create a new shortcut.  Of course both options require that you know the location of the applications executable file.
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I hope my suggestion indeed helps you, if not please feel free to e-mail me at tkd_jay@rocketmail.com.  I will do what I can.  Good luck.
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