how to change windows display colour & appearance

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by cja21, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. cja21

    cja21 Guest

    i just installed Lord of the Rings Online and when i exited the program my
    display colour & appearance in programs like IE & WMP had changed. I cant
    remember what they were like before, but i know that they're different, a
    horrible light blue colour & the minimise/expand/exit buttons are small &
    fat. The top bar & windows bar are smaller than before too. I tried to change
    them by going to the control panel>appearance box, but the only way to change
    from this generic setup is to go back to old xp style. Now thats wrong
    because i know the setup was different before i installed the game, so i
    wonder how i can alter the colour/appearance?

    i've got vista basic & the two options under appearance were vista standard
    & vista basic. They were both exactly the same, the setup my display has
    reverted too.

    Hope someone can help because im sure they wouldnt sell vista with only 1
    option of display colours....
    cja21, Nov 4, 2007
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  2. I assume you are trying to enable the AERO Standard theme? Try refreshing
    your Windows Experience Index:

    1. Click Start
    2. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, hit enter
    3. Click the Update my score link
    4. Click Continue on the User Account Control dialog

    Try enabling Aero Standard, the ability to colorize the interface is
    available under Windows Color and Appearance (Personalize)
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 4, 2007
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  3. cja21

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Andre, I think he said he had Vista Basic, so there would be no Aero theme
    as an option. I would suspect perhaps there was a change in resolution that
    did not revert once the game was exited. The change may also have limited
    what color themes were available. Perhaps changing the resolution under
    Display Settings might help resolve this.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 4, 2007
  4. Actually Rick, Windows Vista Home Basic does have a form Aero close to Aero
    Glass, its called Aero Standard, but it does not include the translucent
    effects of the premium SKUs such as Home Premium/Business and also lacks
    Flip 3D and Flip 2D (thumbnail preview), again, this is a separate theme
    from Aero Basic. You are able to even colorize the Aero Standard theme.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 4, 2007
  5. cja21

    cja21 Guest

    yeah i've got vista basic so no aero. It was when i changed the resolution in
    game that the problem started. i just tried fiddling with the resolution
    under display settings, but after changing & rechanging it was still the
    same. I think i remember in WMP that the bottom bit was black, instead of
    light blue. There is still a tab at the top with library/now playing/rip..etc
    cja21, Nov 4, 2007
  6. cja21

    cja21 Guest

    just sorted it. although the basic & standard options under the appearance
    menu looked the same in the display window when i just clicked between them,
    when i applied the standard it enabled me to change the colour the next time
    i went into the colour options
    cja21, Nov 4, 2007
  7. cja21

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Huh, guess it's just a matter of interpretation. I always think of Aero as
    the transluscent effects, and of what you describe as simply the Vista
    theme. Oh well, sounds like he's got it resolved in any case.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 4, 2007
  8. Glass is the transluscent effects, Aero is the general experience of Vista.

    Aero Basic - similar to XP
    Aero Standard - in between Glass and Basic
    Aero Glass - visual cues, focus, transluscency
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Nov 4, 2007
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