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restore default color and appearance

#1
How do I restore *all* graphical user interface display to the defaults which are set out-of-the-box when you first start Vista? I want to wipe the slate clean and return to *every* default setting.

My fourth grader changed something which destroyed the display of buttons inside the windows. Right now it does not display the edges of buttons when they are inside windows.

I have tried rebooting, going into Control Panel\Personalization\Appearance Settings and resetting it to "Windows Vista Basic", "Windows Stardard", and "Windows Classic". All three failed with and without rebooting. I also tried the "Advanced" settings but none of them fixed things.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio 540S
    CPU
    Intel Core2 Duo E7400 @2.80 GHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3450
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell
    Screen Resolution
    1200 x 1024
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi HDP725950GLA360 ATA

richc46

Staff member
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#2
Welcome

I think the best way is to try system restore. Do you know how that is done?

Go back a few days before the problem
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
#3
How do I do a system restore?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio 540S
    CPU
    Intel Core2 Duo E7400 @2.80 GHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3450
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell
    Screen Resolution
    1200 x 1024
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi HDP725950GLA360 ATA

richc46

Staff member
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#4

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT