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Window XP Home SP3

The display on my Windows XP computer has reverted to Windows Classic and does not allow any other options. I have tried all the obvious solutions, has anyone experienced ths problem and is there a simple fix?

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I have experienced similar "abnormalities" after installing XPSP3 for some of my clients. My first recommendation would be to remove SP3 from Add/Remove Programs, reboot and see if that helps.

If you're concerned about the security updates, you can still get them from Windows update without downloading the SP3 pre-packaged "update", and just download them individually.

Hope this helps - remember to rate :)

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Go to control panel, administrative tools, computer management, services and applications, services, look for themes - if it is not started, start it - if it works, goto the properties of the theme service and set to automatic

G'luck

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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When i click on new folder option it does nothing


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Restore Folder Options in Windows XP
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If you have played with these options in an attempt to determine how you prefer to use your computer, you may accidentally reach the point where you have changed so many items that you are unsure of how to revert to the original configuration.
For this reason, Windows XP allows you to restore the folder options to their defaults by clicking a button.
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Two of the fastest ways to do this are by clicking the "Start" button and then clicking "My Computer" and by double clicking the "My Computer" icon on the desktop.

Click the "Tools" drop-down menu and select "Folder Options."

Click the "General" tab, and then click the "Restore Defaults" button if you would like to restore the default settings for the "Common Tasks" bar on the left side of folders, whether new folders open in the same window or a new window and whether items open with a single click or double click.


Click the "View" tab, and then click the "Restore Defaults" button if you would like to restore any advanced view settings to their defaults, such as whether Windows displays hidden and protected files.


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Click "OK" to save your changes.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812003

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How do I logon as administer


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The built-in Administrator account is hidden from Welcome Screen when a user account with Administrator privileges exists and enabled. In Windows XP Home Edition, you can login as built-in Administrator in Safe Mode only. For XP Professional, press CTRL + ALT + DEL twice at the Welcome Screen and input your Administrator password in the classic logon window that appears.
To have the Administrator account displayed in the Welcome Screen, try one of these methods:
Method 1: Using TweakUI Power Toy for Windows XP Download TweakUI from here: v2.00 for Windows XP | v2.10 for XP SP1 and above
Open TweakUI and click "Logon" option in the left pane. Put a checkmark against the option "Show Administrator on Welcome Screen". Click OK to close TweakUI. Logoff and see if Welcome Screen lists Administrator login. Changes are immediate and you can use the Winkey + L to switch back to Welcome Screen to see Administrator account is listed.
Use this procedure to hide/unhide any user account from the Welcome Screen. Please remember, you can still login to a hidden account using CTRL+ALT+DEL classic logon method, but cannot Fast User Switch to a hidden user account.
Method 2 - Manual registry edit
  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList
  • Use the File, Export option to backup the key
  • Create a new DWORD Value named Administrator
  • Double-click Administrator, and set 1 as its data
  • Exit the Registry Editor.
For Windows XP Home Edition While you can configure Windows XP Home Edition to show Administrator account in the Welcome Screen, you cannot login as Administrator in Normal mode. Visit the following link for more information:
Error Message: Unable to Log You on Because of an Account Restriction

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The best way is to use the factory reset option this will revert you laptop back to the way it was before you started using it.

I think is ALT + F10 during the bootup process.

If this fails I recommend that you use a Windows XP boot CD with SP3 slipstreamed, you can use nLite to do this, if you use have a USB floppy drive you can use a winnt.sif file on it you can add your OEM licence if you dont have a floppy then you can add this file to your I386 folder and burn a new install CD.

Use Nero Boot CD menu option and make sure that you set the screen as per this screen dump otherwise it wont work. Use Mode 2/XA for maximum CD-drive compatibility.

Download the required boot image file HERE

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Minimum Required for Windows XP SP3 copy and paste this into a file named winnt.sif, replace the xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx with your valid Licence key I suggest that you check it first HERE fill in the rest your self and save it. You can add much more to this SIF file search the internet for more HERE is a great link for you to start with

[Data]
MsDosInitiated=0
UnattendedInstall="Yes"

[Unattended]
UnattendMode=ProvideDefault

[UserData]
ProductKey="XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
FullName="Your Name Her"
OrgName="Your Company Here"
ComputerName="What ever you want Here"

[Display]
BitsPerPel=32
Xresolution=1024
YResolution=768
Vrefresh=60



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This will occurs when the Computer did not shut down properly or restart automatically or a dual Operating System installed in the Computer.

To resolve this:

1. Click on Start -> Control Panel -> System.

Or, Click on Start, right click on the My Computer option and select the option Properties.

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2. In the System Properties option click on Advance tab.

3. In the Advance, click on Setting option under Startup and Recovery option.

4. Under Startup and Recovery option un-check the boxes:

a. Time to display list of Operating Systems.
b. Time to display list of Recovery options when needed.

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5. Then, Click OK, then Apply and OK in the System Properties window.

6. Restart the Computer.

This should resolve the issue.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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