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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 Win7 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 Win7 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
Unique Ropecraf

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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27 May 2017   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
actual workaround if you have the issue as op describes

apparently windows handles desktop icon text shadows differently if you set the background to a solid color like blue. i set my background to grey using the personalize option. rebooting will then disable the shadows despite having the option enabled like ropecraf explained, switching themes brings them back.
my workaround was to make a png of that grey and to set that as a background instead. you can use gimp to create that png.
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