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Windows 7: White dotted outline issue?

29 May 2012   #1
Renza

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
White dotted outline issue?

Jesus this is bugging me a lot... It's not life threatening but it's annoying -_-

Here are some note-able examples...









So yea everything I click on for most things get that weird dotted outline.
I have a theory though.. It all started around the time I installed Avira on my laptop >_>



P.S. I've had this happen to me before but not longer than a week!


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29 May 2012   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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29 May 2012   #3
dooley

Windows 7 Premium
 
 

Hi Renza, I have been trying to remove the dotted line around my desktop icons for weeks, tried everything I could find on the net without success untill I found this, hope it works for you. Right click computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > Advanced tab, under Performance section click > Settings > Visual Effects tab > turn off "Use Visual Styles on Windows & Buttons" (bottom of page) > Click apply > Turn back on > Click apply. Then if you have the same luck as me all will be good.
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30 May 2012   #4
Renza

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dooley View Post
Hi Renza, I have been trying to remove the dotted line around my desktop icons for weeks, tried everything I could find on the net without success untill I found this, hope it works for you. Right click computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > Advanced tab, under Performance section click > Settings > Visual Effects tab > turn off "Use Visual Styles on Windows & Buttons" (bottom of page) > Click apply > Turn back on > Click apply. Then if you have the same luck as me all will be good.
Sorry to inform you dooley, but your method did not work, it is still there.

I will try Jacee's method now.
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30 May 2012   #5
Renza

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
The things still persist! =O Am I doomed?
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30 May 2012   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Renza View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
The things still persist! =O Am I doomed?
Did you right click on the .exe and chose Run as administrator? Did you use the right .exe 32 bit or 64 bit?
Are you getting the same in all 3 screenshots you posted?
Jerry
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30 May 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Renza,

Have you already restarted the computer to see if that may help if it was just a glitch?
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13 Feb 2013   #8
MarkStewart

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Renza View Post
Jesus this is bugging me a lot... It's not life threatening but it's annoying -_-

Here are some note-able examples...




First examply is a healthy Windows Explorer / File Explorer "this right-hand panel child folder-file item is current in this Explorer window."

Second one is evidence of an 'activated' security 'bug' that buzzed onto desktops around the end of Vista's reign. It may be less worrisome for Window 8 than it is for Windows 7. But as long as you groom your Windows/Window security regularly, it should not be so much of an issue. According to a tier 2 support engineer, it is very low level 'backboard' issue that is not going to 'go away' for at least a decade. It is a warning signal, though.

SecEdit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose from System32 admin command. whenever you wuapp your system or install payload... Oh!, and to immediately lose the dotted desktop outline (which was so reasuring in Windows 3.1), simply (lol) reboot, or logoff and login. If the outlines persist, reinstall Windows. Unless you're on a networked terminal, and then you might have to live with it!

BURB! ...some viruses flip-on the outlines too, and this post in no way relates to virus infections.
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