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Question:
Hey Doc! My Windows 95 desktop icons now look like that Windows default icon. You know, the one that looks like a piece of paper with the Windows symbol on it. I can't change them, even with Microsoft Plus! Any suggestions?


Answer:
Yes... I know the default icon you are referring to, all to well. Now, back up all your files, format your hard drive and reload Windows 95. No wait! Just kidding. However, it looks as though Microsoft wasn't kidding when they created the newer registry settings for Windows 98. Since the icons are now referenced from a different registry location, this creates a problem for Windows 95 users (as mentioned above). To resolve this, you must remove the invalid entries from the registry. Keep in mind that the system registry is no place to play around.

Tip:
You can avoid this icon problem on the Windows 95 desktop if you check the raw code in your desktop theme files before applying them. Just drag and drop the *.theme file over an open Notepad window to see the raw theme code. Make sure the 'Software\Classes\' portion is removed from the icon codes, usually located within the first few lines. Then close Notepad and save the theme code in *.theme format again. Problem solved! :)



Question:
I have noticed that some themes cause the icons in my system tray to change size, color and sometimes loose their sharpness. This is also apparent in other programs and dialog boxes, making it very difficult to read the onscreen text. The distortion also remains even after I reboot the system. I've tried to correct it by changing themes but the icons and some dialog boxes still appear distorted. Is there a particular setting that causes this problem?


Answer:
This happens when the Active or Inactive Title Bar font size is changed. Go into Display Properties and play around with the font settings under the Appearance tab and you'll figure it out. (In short, you might even call this setting "case sensitive". :)

Tip:
To avoid this in the future, you may want to remove the checks from the boxes next to 'Font names and styles' and 'Font and windows sizes' in your desktop theme manager program window before applying any new desktop themes. This will prevent any new themes from changing those settings. (Note that I'm in Japan and often use both English and Japanese versions of Windows. This is something that I personally do to avoid foreign language issues with font settings as well. At any rate, this is a setting that most of us can live without, as some have so unfortunately discovered.

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