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Windows 7: Can't read hover and other text

23 Aug 2011   #1
mmstone

windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Can't read hover and other text

Don't know what I did, but now I can't read text in hover popups, other windows. Here is a screenshot. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!




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23 Aug 2011   #2
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

which bit are you having problems with - it all looks OK from here..??

- mind you, that could be my PC (- or my eyesight..!!)
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23 Aug 2011   #3
mmstone

windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sorry, didn't point out the problem. Do you see the black bars in the front-most windows (the apple software window and license agreement window)? I am having that problem in some menus, hover text (like over icons on the desktop), etc. I can't read the text; for some reason, the background for the text field is black.

For the life of me I can't figure what I did to get this, but I sure can't find a way to fix it. Have tried many settings in Personalization CP/Advanced Options. I don't even know exactly what you would call the features I'm having trouble with.

Again any help would be greatly appreciated.

BTW, this seems to happen only in Aero. I switched to a regular windows theme, and the problem is resolved. And I wasn't using a custom Aero theme.

mms
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24 Aug 2011   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mmstone View Post
BTW, this seems to happen only in Aero. I switched to a regular windows theme, and the problem is resolved. And I wasn't using a custom Aero theme.

mms
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I am not sure I can help but I have a couple of question have you use a custom third-party theme or have one installed? When you say you switched to a regular Windows theme are you switching to Windows 7 basic or Windows classic?
You could try this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker it will not harm the programs or data you have saved on your computer.
Jerry
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02 Sep 2011   #5
AlphaAssault

Windows 7 X64 PRO
 
 

I am having the same issue. My Aero themes have seemingly all started this black bar thing as well. I have run the recommended sfc /scannow and have had no luck resolving the issue with that tool. As mmstone is claiming, I am only seeing this on the Aero themes. I have swapped to the Windows 7 Basic theme for usability now, not the windows classic.
I am not sure what I could have done, this appeared out of the blue this week. I do notice that we are both running 64 bit Pro, that may be helpful as a common link. I have never used any downloaded themes, the theme I set up was based on the windows aero theme, the only thing I had changed was the backgrounds, I had set those to a random 15 minute changing photo. That was all I have really ever changed on my theme, and I suddenly am having this issue.
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03 Sep 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It would appear you both have your menu and font colors set to black hence not showing text.
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03 Sep 2011   #7
AlphaAssault

Windows 7 X64 PRO
 
 

After I changed nothing? I have already gone through my windows menu settings with no change. I have explored the entire menu and no change I make in there affects this issue. I would believe that if I had myself instigated a change to the theme or menu settings. I did not do any such action, so the change of the menu settings is out also in my book.
Also I believe by the wording in MMstones message that he looked in that part of the settings as well.
Edit:Also it only performs the blackening in floating windows. Other windows do not have any effect until after I scroll across a menu item, then they stay highlighted in black, even after deselecting the item the field remains black.

Not sure how it could be a menu settings on black issue Britton30 but am willing to listen to an explanation on what item in the menu settings I should be looking at that would cause the window to remain in black highlight after it has been deselected. I typically think people deal with a path towards a solution rather than a shot in the dark. "You have a cough, you may have cancer" approach doesn't truly help my diagnosing. But what should I be checking for this.

I am open to suggestions for exploring the issue more. I do have a rather diagnostic personality first off, so I have already probed the issue to the best of my windows knowledge.
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04 Sep 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Have a look at the snip below.
Can't read hover and other text-untitled.png
If your colors are set as shown, I have no further ideas and I'm stumped.
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Click snip, then click again to open it full-size


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04 Sep 2011   #9
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

^I would agree. However, if anything, try updating your graphics drivers too. Since virtually everything in Aero are rendered in your GPU, it might just work.
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04 Sep 2011   #10
AlphaAssault

Windows 7 X64 PRO
 
 

The update to the graphics card did the trick. I had not tried that

Thanks for the suggestion, and thanks for trying britton30 although that was not the issue.
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