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    Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    I am running Vista Home Premium, and when I turned on my computer, my taskbar was a light gray. I took a picture:




    If I open a full screen window (such as Firefox), my taskbar goes back to the normal black color, but if I don't have a full screen window it is that light gray color.

    How can I change it back?

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    Hi McCheesy, and welcome to the vista forums,

    it's a little difficult to see exactly from the image you attached but it may just be a result of the Transparency level you have set.

    right click on your desktop choose Personalise, then Window colour and appearance, and adjust the intensity slider,
    see if that changes things.
    also check the selected colour and use transparency box
    hope this helps

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    None returns me to the original black color. I think it might have been because I uninstalled HP Total Care Advisor. Do you know where I can find that program again?

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    Hi,

    I know that MS included an update to it's nVidia drivers this week - if you downloaded that you may want to check if the settings have changed in the advanced - nvidia control panel

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    Quote Originally Posted by barman58 View Post
    Hi,

    I know that MS included an update to it's nVidia drivers this week - if you downloaded that you may want to check if the settings have changed in the advanced - nvidia control panel
    I'm not using nvidia.

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    It's hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like it's switching to a basic theme. When you start FF it may be triggering WDM which returns the Aero-translucency theme. Maybe it's an older app on start-up that is switching off aero.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    Hello McCheesy, welcome to Vista forums!

    You don't have a problem, that's the way mine does also.
    When I don't have a window maximized it's gray, when I maximize it turns black.
    Try this: with no windows maximized slide a window under the taskbar to see the transparency.
    The transparency lessons when you have a window maximized!

    Keep us informed!










    Later Ted

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    I have the same problem: Gray taskbar when windows are either restored or minimized and black when maximized. I like the black and hate the gray (a.k.a. "graphite"). Is there a way to adjust settings so that will keep it the black style all the time? The graphite looks bad with my desktop wallpaper, but the black would look good if I could keep it that way.

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    Re: Vista Taskbar now a light gray

    Do you have the color intensity turned up all the way

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