Quote: Originally Posted by whs
This looks like the skin/theme was changed to Windows Basic. Go to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization and change it back to Windows Classic.
It is only Paint that is showing this behavior. Everything else is fine. I have ran Aero Troubleshooter twice and it finds no problems.
As an experiment, I deliberately opened Paint and ran the PC game that switches to Basic, then quit the game hoping it would "jiggle" Paint back with the rest of the Theme, but it did not.
I read elsewhere that Windows 7 is known to have issues from constant switching back and forth, but the articles imply that it affects the whole theme, not just one program, dated 2010. Repeated Windows 7 Aero and Basic UI Swaps Can Cause Problems - Softpedia
More below, & thank you....
Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz
Well, I did try it and the verification found no problems. I appreciate the suggestion though; it always helps to rule things out.
Quote: Originally Posted by whs
The paint reg entry is here:
If you are adventurous, you delete the key and reboot. In 90% of the cases the key is being rebuilt to default. But you take a 10% chance that it is not. So you better backup the registry first - or make an image of the whole system. Creating a system restore point first is also a good idea. Then you have several ways to get back in case it does not work.
Thank you, WHS. I worked up the nerve and entered the minefield I consider regedit. I did as you said, honestly supposing that would fix it and although it did indeed rebuild the key without any issues, it oddly did not send the GUI back to the usual theme.
I found that more peculiar than frustrating. It occurs to me that I may be looking in the wrong place. I am not savvy enough to articulate a proper technical opinion, but I think perhaps the way I am viewing the problem may be wrong based on the visually observed discrepancy:
Perhaps it is misleading to think that Paint is 'stuck in Basic', and perhaps more accurate to say that the system is either failing to reach and write the needed entry to change the Paint GUI at all, or that the program's relevant display data is simply not responding, so that the default last readable entry then appears 'stuck in Basic' when in fact it is only rendering Basic because that is the last valid entry it was given.
It may seem like saying the same thing as 'stuck in Basic' but the distinction being that it is not so much what is
being displayed as why
anything is being displayed at all, why it is Basic and why any attempt to change it to anything else is being ignored.
To wit, the emphasis being on not the theme itself, but the necessary process for it to display anything at all or respond to attempts to change it.
Unfortunately, I don't know anything about any of that process. Sorry if I sound like I am convoluting it; I just mean to narrow down what the error is. Perhaps it is not what the theme is so much as the failed operation to write/enter/change it to any theme at all. A 'number is being dialed but the phone isn't ringing' if you know what I mean.
Thanks again for any ideas. I am following this and welcome any thoughts.