Windows update changes the appearance of the windows.

We got Windows updates last night, Vista home basic.

Now all windows are white. See the image and the bottom is why as well as the background on the start menu. We think the color was a darker gray before last night updates.

System restore can be done but we lose the updates. So that is not the solution.

Are there settings to change the background colors. White is too bright.

I have put red dots on all areas where the color has changed from "we think" a darker gray to a light gray now almost white.

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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
for me the screenshot looks normal and shows the stadard windows colors for those elements.

Check your monitors gamma corection, contrast and brightness settings to start with.

Another possibility is that b4 you had another windows color scheme that for some reason gets changed back to standard.

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Usually updates that cause the system to look different, are caused by driver updates, and those usually are optional and not required. So unless there is some new functionality you need from a new driver, you can leave those out. So when updating, particularly check what the optional updates are, and don't install them unless you want them.

If there was such a driver update, you should be able to uninstall it via programs and features in your control panel, or manually re-install the manufacturer's driver downloaded from their site, as those are usually a little different from the version published via windows updates.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The screen looks normal to me as well. I updated my Vista Business machine two days ago and all is well.

My ThinkPad X230 (Windows 8) is sometimes too bright when I plug it in (was on battery, say). I unplug it, wait 15 seconds, and plug it back in. All returns to normal (a minor annoyance).

Try shutting the machine completely down (all the way OFF). Restart and check. Is it still a problem?
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nickg5Author Commented:
The colors are not the same as we had before the updates. Re-boot had no affect.
In appearance settings it is set to standard. We may have had something else.

Here is another screen shot and the white strip along the top is "new" and the top of the window can be dragged upward but the white strip does not go off the top of the screen.

See the orange arrows showing the new and undesired white strip across the top.

nickg5Author Commented:
Here is another screen shot. This is clearly not normal as there was a demarcation between the icons and the text on the left side.

Then look here at all the very light gray. It is almost white. We had a much darker gray. And we do not think we had the blue strip across the top either.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
This is an old machine that has had numerous problems before.

Try upgrading or at least uninstall / reinstall the video driver and chipset. That should help.

It is not a Vista problem. My Vista machine is working fine (and has worked fine).
nickg5Author Commented:
Here are the updates and do not see anything not needed.

We'll try to change the "standard" to something else.
And look into the drivers.

nickg5Author Commented:
We changed appearance setting from Windows Vista Standard to Windows Vista Basic and this looks like what we had.
It really helps remove all the light color which makes the screen too bright since other things we see are already white or a very light gray > almost white.

Big difference and the "white" strip top of a FF window is gone as well.

nickg5Author Commented:
Drivers first mentioned by rindi but not needed at this point.
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