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Windows 7: Desktop icons text shadow disappears at bootup

02 May 2013   #1

Windows XP 32bit
Need help! Desktop icons text shadow disappears at startup

I created my own custom theme on Windows 7 that just has a solid dark blue colored background. When I boot up, the icons on the desktop don't have their text shadow, and looks like this:

If I right-click my desktop, go into Personalize, switch to Windows 7 default theme, then back to my theme, the text shadow for the icons comes back.

I want the text shadow showing at all times. How do I fix this issue?

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02 May 2013   #2

Windows XP 32bit

Bump, need help!
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02 May 2013   #3

W7x64 Ult.

System properties, advanced, performance, visual settings, check drop shadows box........maybe??
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03 May 2013   #4

Windows XP 32bit

Nope... :/

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03 May 2013   #5

Windows XP 32bit

BUMP. Need help!!
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04 May 2013   #6

W7x64 Ult.

Try placing your background file on the dektop, right click, set as desktop background.... Forget the personalize command...It seems like I have been down your path a ways back, just can't really remember what I did to solve it........? I know I did because my wifes computer has a custom background with drop shadows.
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18 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I know this is an old thread, but I came across it while searching for a solution, so someone else may also come across it via search engine. No help here, but I found it on my own. Should you have the same problem in Windows 7, here's the solution:
Right-click My Computer - Properties - Advanced System Settings - Advanced - Settings - In the Visual Effects tab
Check: Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
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