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I have ComboBoxes whoes style I specified as DropDownList. It works fine on my PC (Vista 64) but when running on XP in a Virutal PC the ComboBoxes appear as they were a DropDown style. What could be causing this?
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by:melmers
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I think it's the theme. Have you disabled the themes on your winxp machine or set them to classic ?
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by:Julypobox
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Yes I have. The themes do change the way it looks, but the dif of ListBox and Dropdown is very pronounced and changing the thems does not fix this.
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Have you enabled the visual styles ?
you can check this when you look at controlpanel->system->Advanced->Performance Settings->Use visual styles on windows and buttons.

Or activate on the Visual Effects the "adjust for best appearance" radiobutton
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by:Julypobox
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yes, Use Visual Styles is Checked
As well the radio button is set for Adjust for Best Appearance.

Also besides the dropdown that is not showing correctly, there are panels whoese Border/Box does not show
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have you tried it on a native xp pc not one in a virtual pc ?
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by:Julypobox
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melmers
I just tested it on a regular (non vm) pc running xp and it has the same problem. However on the pc with xp it does shoe the box/border of the panel, something the virtual pc is not
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Can you post  a screenshot of your vista and one of your xp ?
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by:Julypobox
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Here are screenshots of how it is in Visa vs XP
DropDown-ListBox-vista.jpg
DropDown-ListBox-XP.jpg
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Have you on Vista Aero enabled ?
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by:Julypobox
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No. I just turned it on, and I see no diferrence.
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But this led me to try a few more options, and what I find is that when I select Windows Classic I get what I am seeing on the other computers running XP, when I select Vista Basic or Aero I get the other look that I posted. So I guess this is just the way it is with Vista vs XP
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i have tested some things and i think it is not possible that you create a UI which looks same on XP and Vista with standard controls. When you need that it look like you must  look if you get 3rd-Party controls which make it look the same on vista and xp but i in my oppinon it is not so bad when the ui style changes from os to os because users not realize the different ui style they remember the positions of labels and buttons to work not the shape or color of a control.
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