(Mis)Applied Theme makes EVERYTHING black. Help?



Deckard
07-10-2005, 01:14 AM
I am a Windows XP Pro user. After applying a new theme to Windows my entire
desktop went black, with the exception of a few colourful icons (the start
button and Quick Launch icons) and the wallpaper. Now I can launch programs,
open folders, etc, but they appear only as an entirely black rectangle on the
screen. Without being able to see anything, I'm having a hard time fixing
the problem.

Things I've tried already: System Restore doesn't recognize any recent
changes to the system, and won't revert. I applied other themes that used to
work fine (even though the window is black, I was able to figure out where
the buttons were from looking at another comp) and while they change the
wallpaper, everything is still black, no matter what theme I use. Starting
in safe mode doesn't change anything.

Any tips or nudges in the right direction are appreciated.

Mark L. Ferguson
07-10-2005, 01:14 AM
Press F8 on restart, then select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'. Run the command to use System Restore.

HOW TO Start System Restore Tool from Command Prompt (Q304449): http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q304/4/49.asp


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Mark L. Ferguson
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"Deckard" <Deckard@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:3CFD4F26-DF49-4D92-9E91-41DE703A5656@microsoft.com...
>I am a Windows XP Pro user. After applying a new theme to Windows my entire
> desktop went black, with the exception of a few colourful icons (the start
> button and Quick Launch icons) and the wallpaper. Now I can launch programs,
> open folders, etc, but they appear only as an entirely black rectangle on the
> screen. Without being able to see anything, I'm having a hard time fixing
> the problem.
>
> Things I've tried already: System Restore doesn't recognize any recent
> changes to the system, and won't revert. I applied other themes that used to
> work fine (even though the window is black, I was able to figure out where
> the buttons were from looking at another comp) and while they change the
> wallpaper, everything is still black, no matter what theme I use. Starting
> in safe mode doesn't change anything.
>
> Any tips or nudges in the right direction are appreciated.


(Mis)Applied Theme makes EVERYTHING black. Help?