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Old 11-09-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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So was it a "high contrast" theme? Under ease of access?
That was my guess - those settings used to be called "accessibility", if i remember correctly.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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That was my guess - those settings used to be called "accessibility", if i remember correctly.
when I replied initially I was not on a Win7 machine so I couldn't look it up to give the steps but now at work I was able to play with it and holly crap, the High Contrast White and High Contrast Black under Basic and High Contrast Themes cause wacky effects for sure!
For example "High Contrast White (or Black)" makes it so that you cannot even see the button [quote] on this site! Crazy...

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Hmmm. I have altered the registry before. I just know to be careful. I'm familiar with the regedit process.
You ALWAYS back up at least the part of the registry that you are thinking about modifying, regardless of how familiar you are.

If your issue is indeed with the theme settings and not background as others suggested, then this is the location:

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Appearance
The Value called Current (which should match "New Current" Value right below it) shows your currently selected theme.
If its data shows @themeui.dll,-852 that would be High Contrast Black, High Contrast White would be -853.
Change it to @themeui.dll,-854 which will give you Windows Classic then you can go from there.
You will have to log off and log back on. Why would you not be able to do this in the "Personalize" screen is odd.

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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You could always go to safe mode and delete the video card. Then when the card reloads in normal mode it should reload in normal color.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What I ended up doing was write-clicking the desktop and then clicking on personalize. Clue came from my wife. Everything fell into place after that. Thank ya'll for pitching in your thoughts. It turned out to be a lot simpler than I thought it would be.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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What I ended up doing was write-clicking the desktop and then clicking on personalize. Clue came from my wife. Everything fell into place after that. Thank ya'll for pitching in your thoughts. It turned out to be a lot simpler than I thought it would be.
So, you ended up de-personalizing it, huh?

Sometimes, even I forget the good old saying "Low tech before high tech"!
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Texas
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So, you ended up de-personalizing it, huh?

Sometimes, even I forget the good old saying "Low tech before high tech"!
I re-personalized it, but didn't screw up this time...
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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I find it funny someone immediately went to registry editing to fix this. Inversing the desktop is an accessibility feature. Its actually useful when reading a webpage that has white on black instead of the normal black on white, or with some people vice versa, to reduce eye strain.

On a Mac with Universal Access turned on, you simply press control+option+command+8 (the bottom-left three keys and 8). On Windows, you press alt+shift+printscreen, although on Windows this also changes the font size of everything and it can makes things look out of place.

Try it next time you go to a site with a hard to read web page, you may find it useful.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:45 AM
 
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I find it funny someone immediately went to registry editing to fix this. Inversing the desktop is an accessibility feature.
That 'someone' who jumped the guns would be me! In my defense, It seemed like the OP was not able to change it back using the common 'Personalize' feature and since I didn't have access to a Win7 PC at the time I wasn't able to help with those steps but someone else did afterward and it seemed like it still didn't resolve the issue so, I was suggesting an alternative which would still have the same effect but after a log off or reboot.

Perhaps, next time, you will stop by sooner to save the day?
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