How to Restore the Windows XP Default Visuals

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From screensavers and “Desktop” themes to animated menus, Windows XP has a variety of styles and customizations. You are not limited to just the blue “Taskbar” and the green “Start” button at the bottom of your Windows XP “Desktop.” The Windows XP operating system includes two types of visuals—default and custom. You may have already changed the visuals on your system to your liking. If you don't like your custom visuals, you can restore them back to the Windows XP default visuals.

  • Click “Start” and then “My Computer.”

  • Right-click “My Computer.” A sub-menu will appear.

  • Click “Properties.” The “System Properties” dialog box will appear.

  • Click the “Advanced” tab and then click “Performance.”

  • Click “Settings” under the “Performance” heading.

  • Click on the “Visual Effects” tab. Scroll to the bottom of the list of settings.

  • Click the check box by “Use visual styles on Windows and buttons.”

  • Click “Apply,” “Apply” and then “OK.”

    Your Windows XP visuals are now restored to the default settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you notice your computer's “Desktop” flashing or the font size of your menu bars is incorrect after changing from a custom theme to the default Windows setting, click “Start,” “Control Panel” and “Display.” Click on the “Appearance” tab. Select “Windows XP style” under the heading “Windows and buttons.” Select “Default (blue)” under the heading “Color scheme.” Then select “Normal” under the heading “Font size.” This will correct the “Desktop” flashing problem and other minor problems you may be encountering.

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