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Windows 7: The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic

13 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
The color scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic

Solution 1:

Start Menu > (Right-Click) Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > Performance - Settings... > Adjust for best appearance > (and then change to) > Custom > Apply > OK

Solution 1 doesn't work for me so, is there another solution that should work?

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13 Jul 2014   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums tannermcgee. More info will be needed First off, your system specs will be especially useful for this type of problem

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Does this issue happen randomly with an error? If so, if you can post a screenshot of the error, also very helpful

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Let us know if this is a random issue, if it changes back by itself, if it happens when doing certain tasks, playing games, etc. Give us as much information about the problem as possible. When it began, if it is happening more frequently, etc. And that info, along with your system specs, will help us help you. A Guy
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22 Jun 2015   #3

Windows 7 64-bit

This worked in our office. I've been trying to figure this one out since I put dual monitors on everyone's desks.

internet explorer
check the box that says Use Software Rendering Instead of GPU rendering *
you must restart the computer
I then opened 14 explorer windows with adds
ran a youtube video
ran outlook 2013
our inhouse software
4 invocations of the system resource monitor
and ran an internet speed test
We are running hp pavillions with quad processors, ATI Video Cards with Intel Onboard Video
Dual Monitors of varying types without crashing, without the color scheme change
and the AREOS was enabled and running.
I recommend giving that a try

We are using an AMD 2Gig Add in card and On Board 1G Intel Card. Remember this is work, not gaming, depends on your goals.
Basically I could see that if I spiked the Memory Usage , most likely from the onboard video card sharing the base memory , after the 3rd time hitting the limit it schemed down to protect the memory space windows was working in. After giving that video control over to the software windows handled the rendering without trouble and without desktop changes. The performance was not a major issue either.
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23 Jun 2015   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Interesting, did you observe the issue with AMD GPUs too?
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24 Jun 2015   #5

Windows 7 64-bit

I wrote a whole dissertation on this and didn't hit submit, lost it all .

Yes, we are running pavilions with AMD add in cards and On Board Intel Cards.
To sum up what I wrote,
I think the issue is when one card hands graphics off to the other or IE windows open with high graphics and animation the Physical memory gets spiked and invades Windows reserved space. Therefore Windows tries to keep operating by throttling the graphics down (basic mode).
By forcing the Graphics to be done by the GPU any communications coming from the Internet for rendering is going into system memory and that setting is actually telling windows NO YOU ARE NOT allowed to manage this within the space set aside in Physical Memory, and to keep from crashing it throttles it's own processes down to allow for the data to move through Memory. First to be sacrificed, the AREOS items.
I think if your running single monitor systems, check to see if there is an onboard video card that is properly disabled so windows doesn't think it has to support graphics to it, let Windows handle the rendering for IE so that it is allowed to manage the physical memory as designed, and any remote users with single monitors it is the same story. You need to let the operating system manage the physical memory and protect Windows operating space. Even if that means letting it page some stuff.
Then your dedicated software (you lazy gamers out there) will reserve it's space and anything else you do Windows will slow IT down rather than ITSELF.
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