Blue Title Bar Gradient (right word?)

Posted on 2004-11-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi. I am running Windows XP Professional on one of my computers and as all of you may be aware the title bar is by default set to a blue gradient pattern... Well you'll know what I mean, where the Minimize, Maximize and close buttons are. I just updated the computer and downloaded and installed Service Pack 2 for it and now ever since you can only use the "Windows Classic" title bar (even when choosing Windows Standard). Is this normal and if not how can I get the gradients back? Thanks.
Question by:Julz0802
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    by:Pete Long
    Hi Julz0802,
    right click the desktop . properties > Appearaence Tab > colour scheeme


    Author Comment

    Hi, did so but both Windows Classic and Windows Standard are the same, both being the windows Classic settings.
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    Expert Comment

    hmm.. strange.. I once had this problem (ages ago)..

    I think that this may help (assuming that Petes' method doesn't):

    START menu  >  select RUN...  >  type "sfc /scannow"  >  hit "OK"

    Hopefully that will repair any problems, and get it working properly :-)

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    try this Julz0802
    apparantly service pack2 when updated from sp1 can remove some settings> go to control panel>administrative tools>services>scroll down to themes>highlight it and rightclick it properties>start up type, set it to>> xp home automatic and xp pro manual. press okay, now rightclick my desktop properties>appearance>advanced>click your mouse on the active window or message box in picture and see if the options box colour1 and colour 2 appears

    There is theme installer like xp styler it is brillaint as I use it myself.

    some handy tips >>

    Author Comment

    Thanks guys, I've figured it out, with some ideas from Merete. I copied the default Windows XP theme ("Luna") and replaced with then went to the "Themes" setting as mentioned by Merete and started the themes service, then when I clicked on Windows XP theme it worked again. Thanks all!

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