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Old December 26th 17, 02:12 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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XP SP3
My dog was playing with my keyboard or mouse and now the text under my
icons seems to be reversed. It has the background color box under it
and it is transparent when selected. It was the other way. What option
fixes that.
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Old December 26th 17, 08:22 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
Paul[_32_]
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wrote:
On Mon, 25 Dec 2017 21:37:40 -0500, Ben Myers
wrote:

On 12/25/2017 8:12 PM,
wrote:
XP SP3
My dog was playing with my keyboard or mouse and now the text under my
icons seems to be reversed. It has the background color box under it
and it is transparent when selected. It was the other way. What option
fixes that.

Open "Control Panel", double-click "System", click on the "Advanced" tab
and in the "Performance" box, click "Settings". Then on the "Visual
Effects" tab, select "Custom", then find and uncheck "Use drop shadows
for icon labels on the desktop". Click "OK", then "OK" again.

Ben


Thanks but that didn't do it.


Do you have any System Restore points ?

The setting might be stored in the Registry,
and the Registry files are in the Restore Point.

On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads
in C:\Downloads instead of My Documents, then if you
use a Restore Point, any files gained or lost
in your Downloads, would be affected. If you downloaded
files "1" and "2" two days ago, and use a Restore Point
from three days ago, files "1" and "2" get erased. Copy
files like that to a safe place, before using the
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul
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Old December 26th 17, 04:46 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 02:22:05 -0500, Paul
wrote:

wrote:
On Mon, 25 Dec 2017 21:37:40 -0500, Ben Myers
wrote:

On 12/25/2017 8:12 PM, wrote:
XP SP3
My dog was playing with my keyboard or mouse and now the text under my
icons seems to be reversed. It has the background color box under it
and it is transparent when selected. It was the other way. What option
fixes that.
Open "Control Panel", double-click "System", click on the "Advanced" tab
and in the "Performance" box, click "Settings". Then on the "Visual
Effects" tab, select "Custom", then find and uncheck "Use drop shadows
for icon labels on the desktop". Click "OK", then "OK" again.

Ben


Thanks but that didn't do it.


Do you have any System Restore points ?

The setting might be stored in the Registry,
and the Registry files are in the Restore Point.

On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads
in C:\Downloads instead of My Documents, then if you
use a Restore Point, any files gained or lost
in your Downloads, would be affected. If you downloaded
files "1" and "2" two days ago, and use a Restore Point
from three days ago, files "1" and "2" get erased. Copy
files like that to a safe place, before using the
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


I don't let much use "my documents". For some reason system restore
does not work on this machine. It goes through all the motions but
right at the end it says it is unable to restore. I guess I could load
an old C image but I thought this was a simple fix,.
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Old December 26th 17, 06:57 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
J. P. Gilliver (John)[_4_]
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In message , Paul
writes:
[]
On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads

[]
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


Are you saying _everything_ else - or maybe everything else on C: - gets
tracked, and potentially restored (synced)? This must make for a huge
tracking area (if for example you [or the system] delete a few feature
films).
--
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)[email protected]+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in
silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in
silencing mankind. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (1806-1873)
  #9  
Old December 26th 17, 07:27 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:57:04 +0000, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
wrote:

In message , Paul
writes:
[]
On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads

[]
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


Are you saying _everything_ else - or maybe everything else on C: - gets
tracked, and potentially restored (synced)? This must make for a huge
tracking area (if for example you [or the system] delete a few feature
films).


They have another record in the NTFS stream and also various
in the registry. Long after you deleted the original files. Yes, it's
there for forensic purposes. What else ?
[]'s
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Don't be evil - Google 2004
We have a new policy - Google 2012
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Old December 26th 17, 09:12 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
Paul in Houston TX[_2_]
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wrote:
On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 02:22:05 -0500, Paul
wrote:

wrote:
On Mon, 25 Dec 2017 21:37:40 -0500, Ben Myers
wrote:

On 12/25/2017 8:12 PM,
wrote:
XP SP3
My dog was playing with my keyboard or mouse and now the text under my
icons seems to be reversed. It has the background color box under it
and it is transparent when selected. It was the other way. What option
fixes that.
Open "Control Panel", double-click "System", click on the "Advanced" tab
and in the "Performance" box, click "Settings". Then on the "Visual
Effects" tab, select "Custom", then find and uncheck "Use drop shadows
for icon labels on the desktop". Click "OK", then "OK" again.

Ben

Thanks but that didn't do it.


Do you have any System Restore points ?

The setting might be stored in the Registry,
and the Registry files are in the Restore Point.

On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads
in C:\Downloads instead of My Documents, then if you
use a Restore Point, any files gained or lost
in your Downloads, would be affected. If you downloaded
files "1" and "2" two days ago, and use a Restore Point
from three days ago, files "1" and "2" get erased. Copy
files like that to a safe place, before using the
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


I don't let much use "my documents". For some reason system restore
does not work on this machine. It goes through all the motions but
right at the end it says it is unable to restore. I guess I could load
an old C image but I thought this was a simple fix,.


Restore from safe mode.
Better check for viruses, too. No telling what websites your dog
was visiting.

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Old December 26th 17, 10:52 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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Default dog ate my desktop

On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:57:04 +0000, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
wrote:

In message , Paul
writes:
[]
On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads

[]
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


Are you saying _everything_ else - or maybe everything else on C: - gets
tracked, and potentially restored (synced)? This must make for a huge
tracking area (if for example you [or the system] delete a few feature
films).


Acronis images the C: every Monday night and incremental more often
than that. All the more reason not to store "data" there. That is
pretty much all on other drives. C: is just software.
That way the data can be backed up with a simple copy and the stuff
that needs the Windows infrastructure gets imaged.
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Old December 26th 17, 10:54 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:12:23 -0600, Paul in Houston TX
wrote:

wrote:
On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 02:22:05 -0500, Paul
wrote:

wrote:
On Mon, 25 Dec 2017 21:37:40 -0500, Ben Myers
wrote:

On 12/25/2017 8:12 PM,
wrote:
XP SP3
My dog was playing with my keyboard or mouse and now the text under my
icons seems to be reversed. It has the background color box under it
and it is transparent when selected. It was the other way. What option
fixes that.
Open "Control Panel", double-click "System", click on the "Advanced" tab
and in the "Performance" box, click "Settings". Then on the "Visual
Effects" tab, select "Custom", then find and uncheck "Use drop shadows
for icon labels on the desktop". Click "OK", then "OK" again.

Ben

Thanks but that didn't do it.

Do you have any System Restore points ?

The setting might be stored in the Registry,
and the Registry files are in the Restore Point.

On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads
in C:\Downloads instead of My Documents, then if you
use a Restore Point, any files gained or lost
in your Downloads, would be affected. If you downloaded
files "1" and "2" two days ago, and use a Restore Point
from three days ago, files "1" and "2" get erased. Copy
files like that to a safe place, before using the
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


I don't let much use "my documents". For some reason system restore
does not work on this machine. It goes through all the motions but
right at the end it says it is unable to restore. I guess I could load
an old C image but I thought this was a simple fix,.


Restore from safe mode.
Better check for viruses, too. No telling what websites your dog
was visiting.


I did see
WWW.HOTBITCHES.COM in my browsing history. ;-)
I swear it wasn't me.
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Old December 27th 17, 12:07 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
Paul[_32_]
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On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:12:23 -0600, Paul in Houston TX
wrote:


Restore from safe mode.
Better check for viruses, too. No telling what websites your dog
was visiting.


I did see
WWW.HOTBITCHES.COM in my browsing history. ;-)
I swear it wasn't me.


That's what the dog was viewing, before he fell on the keyboard.

Paul
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Old December 27th 17, 12:21 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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In message , Shadow
writes:
On Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:57:04 +0000, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
wrote:

In message , Paul
writes:
[]
On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads

[]
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


Are you saying _everything_ else - or maybe everything else on C: - gets
tracked, and potentially restored (synced)? This must make for a huge
tracking area (if for example you [or the system] delete a few feature
films).


They have another record in the NTFS stream and also various
in the registry. Long after you deleted the original files. Yes, it's
there for forensic purposes. What else ?
[]'s

I wasn't in tinfoil-hat mode - just more surprised at the storage
involved. From what is said above, if you deleted a few feature films,
then unless you were storing them in an "officially blessed" area,
invoking a Restore Point would magically restore them; I was just
thinking that, if true, this implies a backup storage area as big as
your disc (or maybe half as big), which seems unlikely,
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Old December 27th 17, 12:23 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
Paul[_32_]
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J. P. Gilliver (John) wrote:
In message , Paul
writes:
[]
On WinXP, files outside your "My Documents" tree
are tracked. Say you normally keep Firefox downloads

[]
Restore Point. Files kept in the "officially blessed"
parts of C: are unaffected, so nothing in My Documents
gets added or subtracted to match the way it was
three days ago.

Paul


Are you saying _everything_ else - or maybe everything else on C: - gets
tracked, and potentially restored (synced)? This must make for a huge
tracking area (if for example you [or the system] delete a few feature
films).


One of the MVPs wrote a web page with the details of
what WinXP System Restore tracks/adds/subtracts.

https://web.archive.org/web/20060413...:80/index.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20060311...esfolders.html

List of folders that System Restores does NOT Monitor in Windows XP
...
%personaldocuments% == Probably means %userprofile%\My Documents but not sure.

I only noticed this, when I lost a couple files
out of C:\Downloads after using System Restore.

If you use SR from normal OS mode, it's reversible.

If you do System Restore from Safe Mode, it cannot
be undone (do a backup first!).

Paul
 




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