How To Correct the White Taskbar On Windows XP

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If the taskbar in your Windows XP has turned white, there are two explanations -- one of them trivial, the other potentially serious. It's possible that someone has simply changed the Windows color scheme, in which case you can change it back through a setting in the Display Properties window. It's also possible that the issue is being caused by a piece of malicious software, in which case you should download a free program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or Microsoft's own removal tool to find and remove the malware.

  • Right-click anywhere on the Desktop and select "Properties." This brings up the Display Properties window.

  • Click the "Appearance" tab to display settings pertaining to the colors and layout of the basic Windows interface.

  • Select a different color scheme from the "Color scheme" drop-down menu. The standard XP theme is listed as "Default (blue)," but you can select whatever you want. Click "OK."

  • Scan your computer for malware if changing the color scheme did not affect the taskbar. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Spybot Search and Destroy and the Microsoft-released Malicious Software Removal Tool are all effective anti-malware programs and free for download from the links in Resources. Whichever program you choose, double-click the downloaded file to install it, then follow the on-screen instructions to scan your computer and remove malicious software.

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