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Lenovo T61 - When I go to Control Panel and select Display, all I get is Themes tab. How do I restore the other display tabs?

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  • mariesse_s Nov 29, 2008

    I have Windows XP. Before I received your suggested fix, I tried a Lenovo feature called "Rejuvenate", similar to System Restore. It was the wrong decision. I couldn't boot up at all - error message - "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \system32\hal.dll.
    Please re-install a copy of the above file."



    Since I had not created any restore discs (also a feature of Lenovo Think Advantage), I had to call Lenovo support who guided me through a complete recovery. End result was that I lost a year's worth of valuable documents.



    Lesson: 1) Backup all documents 2) If you are not tech. smart, get several viewpoints on the fix, regardless how minor, before trying restoration mesaures 3) When you get a new computer, be sure you have restore discs to avoid panic when things go wrong.

  • mariesse_s Nov 29, 2008

    I use USBs to go between computers and a 300GB Maxtor External Hard Drive on my home PC for backup. Now that my Lenovo is wiped clean, I'll install the Maxtor on it as well. I'll look into the Network Storage - sounds very convenient.



    I'm considering a Western Digital "My Passport Elite" 320 GB Hard Drive to serve all my computers - work, home PC and laptops. It's the size of a wallet - very transportable and light-weight.



    I thank you and appreciate your expertise.

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In Windows Vista you right-click the desktop background, and select Personalize...

Select Display Settings to open the Display Settings window...

To change the appearance of the control panel...

When you first open the control panel, on the left side off the pane click Classic View to revert to the older style of the panel.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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    Dominic Nov 29, 2008

    Sorry to hear about that my friend; you should consider getting a USB micro-drive. They are really cheap and you can put all your documents on there for safe keeping. I have lost all my documents more times than I can count, these days I have 2 micro-drives, a 80GB External Hard Drive, and even 500GB Network Storage device just to keep my files in a safe place. Furthermore, I've had Hard Drives go out, Trojans, Worms, Viruses, "act of god" power outages; sh*! happens. Nothing worse than losing you iTunes Library to a power outage...

  • Dominic
    Dominic Nov 29, 2008

    No problem

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