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Background/foreground both set to black!



My daughter managed to change both her foreground and backround colors to black. I can't even tell where a window is, much less select options, so I can't change the settings.
Is there an easy recovery for this or do I have do delete her account and start a new one?

I tried (for the first time) to start up in safe mode, but my Dell ignores the F8 key on start-up. Is there a better way?

Thanks in advance!


Thanks. Tapping the key got me into safe mode.
However, the display is still unreadable, just at a lower resolution. I had hoped it would set-up the colors to some workable default.
I guess she'll just have to start a new account and delete the old one.
Will deleting a user account delete the user's files, or do they stay behind? I'll back them up anyways, mostly curious.
Thanks for the help!


I'm sorry Hal...
Political User
(i'm asumeing you can get into XP on your account which works?)

in regedit go to HKEY_USERS and under there should be settings for all the users for your computer. locate the key for her settings.

this maybe easyer said then done becuase it may have a long S-XX number for each user (i'm not on XP at the mo so can't check)
just look for a key that will identify which user is which, under software perhaps.

When you've found which one is hers navigate to control panel then colors - this is where the colors settings are stored (obviously), you can either change the values indivdualy or just export your settings and import them again (changing the key location to hers obviously)

Hope this helps


If you can log in as Administrator, try this:

Start menu > Run > type "gpedit.msc"

this will open the Win XP general policy editor. from here you can force certain OS features.

Try the otion to force a theme/style under:

User Configuration
+ Administrative Templates
++Contol Panel
++++Desktop themes

--> "Load specific visual style or force windows classic"

Try the force the Luna theme or windows classic. I would assume it will reset and apperence changes made by the users. Remeber to unlock this once fixed so she can screw it up again...I mean customize it to her style.

Good luck!

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