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start menu problem with xp

Posted on 06/29/2013 4:32:40 PM PDT by freebird5850

No viruses or malware on my retired Dell. We only use it to burn CDs etc.When I hit "start" and then go the programs list all of the little icons have turned purple except for the last program I installed today. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. Weird.


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1 posted on 06/29/2013 4:32:40 PM PDT by freebird5850
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To: freebird5850

What is wrong with FR, again. Won’t completely load.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 4:34:29 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Parmy

I would uninstall the program you installed.
If no workie then do a system restore!


3 posted on 06/29/2013 4:37:05 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: freebird5850

Restore to a previous point and examine your last install with suspicion.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 4:39:07 PM PDT by ReconViper 1
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To: Conserev1

This isn’t my system. I have a Mac. This is something that FR has happened several times in the past. Everything else loads up just fine. While I have used XP in the past, I did numerous restores to a previous date to eliminate problems endemic with Windows.


5 posted on 06/29/2013 4:39:15 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: freebird5850

You could try checking your Display settings in Control Panel.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 4:39:32 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: freebird5850

What program did you just install?

I would start with uninstalling the last program, or doing a System Restore to a point more than 2 days ago.

Also, might I recommend for future use, CC Cleaner (which is a free registry and temp file cleaner that works really good at cleaning your system) and Super AntiSpyware (which is a free anti-spyware program that works really good at removing bad cookies, spyware, trojans, etc).


7 posted on 06/29/2013 4:40:28 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: freebird5850

XP can at times lose its mind when it comes to what icons to assign. Sounds dumb, but see if restarting wakes it up, or as another poster said, uninstall the latest addition.

Out of curiosity (unless I missed it) what did you install before they changed colors?


8 posted on 06/29/2013 4:40:58 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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I’ve ran cc cleaner as well. I don’t have a restore disk, ugh. The pc runs fine. I will try display options. Tomorrow I can make a screen dump and show what it looks like.
Truthfully it was like this before I installed windows defender hoping it would clear it up. I had this iYOGi stupid toolbar and their pc tune up thing which has been uninstalled.


9 posted on 06/29/2013 4:49:25 PM PDT by freebird5850 (The only good thing about Barry getting re-elected is now we get to see him fall from a higher place)
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You don’t need a restore disk!! Go to start/programs/Accessories/system tools/system restore. Then select a restore date. Pick the date where the icons worked correctly and start the program rum. May take 10 minutes depending on your machine. Good Luck!!


10 posted on 06/29/2013 4:55:47 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: freebird5850
I had this iYOGi stupid toolbar and their pc tune up thing which has been uninstalled.

Uninstalling doesn't always remove all traces of a program, especially if it's one of those stupid toolbars.

I have found that REVO UNINSTALLER is much more thorough.

It's free and can be downloaded from CNET.DOWNLOAD.COM. (although it won't do you much good now if you have already gone through the normal uninstall )

Also make sure you use the REGISTRY CLEANER on CCLEANER.

11 posted on 06/29/2013 4:56:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Parmy

Sorry that reply was to the OP of the thread!
Yes FR does this from time to time!


12 posted on 06/29/2013 4:58:27 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: freebird5850

P.S. Sometimes a loose monitor cable can cause ‘color’ problems. If it’s only the icons that have weird colors, then that likely isn’t the problem, but it’s worth checking.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 4:59:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: freebird5850

Try repairing the icons with tweakui


14 posted on 06/29/2013 5:09:00 PM PDT by DarthDilbert
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To: freebird5850

It’s the NSA copying your files. (Just kidding.)


15 posted on 06/29/2013 5:09:38 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: freebird5850
refresh your icons

Rebuild icon cache to fix incorrectly displayed icons

16 posted on 06/29/2013 5:19:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Oh Boy, now that looks interesting! Thanks, will try and advise!


17 posted on 06/29/2013 5:26:07 PM PDT by freebird5850 (The only good thing about Barry getting re-elected is now we get to see him fall from a higher place)
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To: freebird5850

Link to TweekUI

http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/c/a/fca6767b-9ed9-45a6-b352-839afb2a2679/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe


18 posted on 06/29/2013 7:12:42 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
before i let it load, what does it tweek??? thx...
19 posted on 06/29/2013 7:29:22 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: freebird5850
I'm having a start button problem with Windows 8.

It's not there.

I hope somebody at Microsoft got fired for that one.

20 posted on 06/29/2013 7:33:20 PM PDT by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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To: Chode

It’s a program you can use to customize WinXP.

http://lifehacker.com/309787/customize-windows-xp-with-tweakui


21 posted on 06/29/2013 8:03:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
thx, just wondered since the other link went to an .exe file

i'll give it a try

22 posted on 06/29/2013 8:15:34 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smokingfrog

That worked! I increased the font size, hit apply and returned them to the original size. Many thanks!


23 posted on 06/30/2013 6:32:52 AM PDT by freebird5850 (The only good thing about Barry getting re-elected is now we get to see him fall from a higher place)
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To: freebird5850

I am glad you got your problem fixed.

F.R. is such a wonderful resource because there are so many people experienced in such varied areas, and they all try to pitch in and help.


24 posted on 06/30/2013 9:34:31 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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