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Right-click Taskbar Context Menu has weird colors

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    8.1 Pro

    Right-click Taskbar Context Menu has weird colors


    I have a brand new Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 with Windows 8.1. When I right-click on an icon on the taskbar, the context menu has a purplish background with purple text. It is basically unreadable. In addition, the 'Unpin' context choice has the pushpin moved to the right so it's over the word 'Unpin'. If I hold the mouse cursor over the menu, I can tell what the choices are by panning up and down. This was a brand new PC. All I did was apply a Windows 8.1 Pro Pack (upgrade to Pro using a key) and I installed Office 2010 Standard. In addition, the default command prompt window has green text rather than white. I was able to correct that one pretty easily by changing the Command Prompt properties and defaults, but I cannot figure out how to fix the Taskbar context menu colors. Anybody know how to fix this annoying problem and what could have caused it? Thanks.
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  2. #2


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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Check your personalization settings.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    8.1 Pro


    That's not it. There is no way to change the colors of the Taskbar context menus with Personalization Settings unless you switch to one of the High-Contrast themes. This is a bug.

    I found this reference to the same problem.

    Taskbar Icon context menu colors - Microsoft Community

    I haven't had a chance to try it yet. If it fixes the problem, I will post back.
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    8.1 Pro


    Removing KB3072318 did fix the problem. Hope this helps others baffled by this strange bug.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Removing KB3072318


    I can confirm that removing KB3072318 fixed the problem for me as well.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2
    8.1, 7 Pro


    Don't usually respond to these but removing KB3072318 fixed this exact issue for me. Thanks. Personalization settings ... nope.
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