Subscriber Bill Strobel wrote with a problem — his Windows XP Professional (with Service Pack 3) installation would not remember any setting other than the Windows XP standard theme.
I have a problem maybe you or your readers could solve. XP Pro. Installed SP3 and since that time my computer will only boot in the XP appearance scheme.
I like the Windows Classic scheme. I reset it and the next day the computer will start in XP Theme.
I have tried forcing the Windows Classic Theme through the Group Policy Editor (User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Display, Desktop Themes, Force Windows Classic, Enable). It still starts in XP Appearance.
Do you or your readers have any other ideas?
Thank you, Bill Strobel
I wrote back to Bill to suggestion that he might be trying to change his Windows configuration before the computer had finished all of its startup configuration. That could prevent Windows from remembering his setting.
I suggested that he start the computer. Then, let it finish ALL of the hard drive activity it wants to do (in case it has updates to process, programs to preload, etc.).
Then, after the hard drive light goes out, set XP to the Windows Classic scheme. Click Apply/OK, etc.
Immediately do a controlled shutdown – Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off. After complete shutdown, press power button to start and boot computer.
Cross your fingers…
Bill wrote back:
Thank you for the reply. I tried as you suggested but it started in XP Theme again.
Maybe the readers will have a solution.
Any suggestions for Bill? Please post them as comments below…