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PC Settings has lost colour and now has a black background

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    PC Settings has lost colour and now has a black background


    Went to change settings in PC settings and have suddenly lost all colour and lo definition text. Only way I can see is to hover mouse over the text to highlight it. Also I seem to have lost the animations in my Accuweather app. Pic is shown below, anybody have any ideas on how to repair this?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Also forgot to mention, have tried system restore, reinstalling graphics driver, creating a new user profile and sfc /scannow. But to no avail, something has been deleted or corrupted I guess. Most other Metro apps work fine and 3D games play fine so I doubt it is graphics card related.
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    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Did you run sfc /scannow several times? probably won't change anything, but could try multiple passes. Hate to say it but, you might need to do one or the other:

    Refresh your PC—Attempts to solve system problems by replacing system files without affecting user data files. Such files still should be backed up. Installed programs will have to be reinstalled except those from the Windows Store. A list of uninstalled programs is provided. Settings will be maintained.

    Reset your PC—Formats, removes everything, and reinstalls Win8. Not even settings maintained. Be well backed up.
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    Windows 8


    Yeah ran sfc /scannow several times, says the files verified successfully.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Darn!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    This is typically what people see when they select the high contrast theme in personalizations.

    Try setting the default theme.
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  7. #7


    West Auckland
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    Do this:

    Windows 8

    Turn High Contrast on or off

    LEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+PRTSCN

    It will ask you are you sure? Push ALT+Y if you cannot see the yes and no buttoms
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  8. #8


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Thanks for all the advice guys, but unfortunately the only way I could get (PC settings) restored was to do a system refresh.

    I thought the high contrast on/off might have been it, but unfortunately it was not the problem as activating it on/off results in system wide changes to all screens and the problem I had was just with the PC settings app. Seems something got corrupted and the system refresh put the corrupted files right. Shame system restore could not do the same thing as rolling back a week would have been less of a pain in the backside option and I know that only last week everything was fine.

    Overall I am starting to lose confidence in the new Metro front end as it seems to not be robust enough, this is the second major system refresh/reset that I have had to perform in the time that I have owned Windows 8.

    The first time none of the Metro apps would open, they just crashed back to the start screen. The underlying desktop environment is fine as it is as reliable as windows 7, however the new start screen environment seems to lack a reset procedure that can be performed easily if something goes wrong.


    Carrying out a refresh/reset procedure seems a bit drastic each time and the need to put back programs in the desktop environment is a pain, especially as it is the Metro part that seems to give me the most problems.

    I am now hoping that it is a case of 3rd time lucky and that from now on Metro behaves itself. If however this proves not to be the case than I think a downgrade back to Windows 7 will be my course of action, as I didn`t have any problems with this in the 3 years I ran it and I have better things to do with my time than to spend hours putting things back to normal after a Windows 8 fail.
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