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    XP Logon box strange colours

    Hi all.

    We have a couple of machines which have lost the Windows XP logon box default colours?? Not sure how this has happened but is there anyway of restoring the default colours rather than rebuilding the workstations?

    Thanks in advance,


    Ben Straw

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    Usually it can be to do with file corruption and sometimes the logon window itself looks more square, whereas usually the corners are rounded (at the top).

    Usually repairing Windows should fix this, but re-imaging would be better. I suppose it depends just how many of your machines have this problem?

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    re: logon box

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Usually it can be to do with file corruption and sometimes the logon window itself looks more square, whereas usually the corners are rounded (at the top).

    Thanks for the reply.

    Usually repairing Windows should fix this, but re-imaging would be better. I suppose it depends just how many of your machines have this problem?
    It happens randomly around my network ( 900 machines ) mostly in my IT labs though. I thought it was pupils hacking myself.

    I can re-image just wondered why it happened as well.

    My machines are 1 year old Dell 740's.

    Cheers,


    Ben

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    I've had something similar to this before. Try configuring options in the display tab in 'accessibility options' under control panel. In the General tab there is an option to apply all settings to the logon desktop.

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    I presume all machines are using the same image? You could (over time) create a new image with up-to-date fixes and drivers and see how this goes. I can't imagine an application creating this problem.

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    It's not "high contrast" mode is it? Black, purple and light green?
    IIRC you can switch that on on the logon screen before you log in

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    We had that here we had to deploy the following registry setting.

    reg add "HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Accessibility\HighContrast" /v Flags /d 122 /f >nul

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyRidal View Post
    It's not "high contrast" mode is it? Black, purple and light green?
    IIRC you can switch that on on the logon screen before you log in
    Yes it is, but on some of the computers it changes to a Windows 2000 classic mode style of logon box.

    How do you reset the black purple and green?

    Thanks for all of your replies,


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    Display tab in 'accessibility options' under control panel

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    Sticky Keys

    Even with no acces to ctrl panel, some users can activate high contrast mode be holding down or repeatedly pressing shift for stickykeys the going to settings>display.
    Dunno is this could affect the logon screen though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigb3n View Post
    Yes it is, but on some of the computers it changes to a Windows 2000 classic mode style of logon box.

    How do you reset the black purple and green?

    Thanks for all of your replies,


    Ben

    shift + alt + prtscrn

    that will turn high contrast on and off, as for the 2000 style, can you screenshot it so we can see exactly what you mean as i can't quite understand what you mean by that

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    shift + alt + prtscrn

    that will turn high contrast on and off, as for the 2000 style, can you screenshot it so we can see exactly what you mean as i can't quite understand what you mean by that

    Thanks for the info. please see attached picture for the classic style of logon on box

    Cheers,


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    looks like the themes service has been disabled/turned off to me

    Does it go back to the regular chucky XP style when you login or stay in the classic theme?

    All our PCs here look just like that purely because i hate the chunky XP themes :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    looks like the themes service has been disabled/turned off to me

    Does it go back to the regular chucky XP style when you login or stay in the classic theme?

    All our PCs here look just like that purely because i hate the chunky XP themes :P

    Hi, yes it it all goes back to how it should be once the user logs on.

    Cheers,


    Ben

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