"Windows 7" Color Scheme is missing from "Change the color scheme" menu

I restarted my netbook once after trying unsuccessfully to change my background, and suddenly the taskbar, the start menu, and all the windows that I bring up look old, like Windows 98-style. I searched "themes" and got "Change the color scheme" on a result. All that was there was "Windows Classic" and four "High Contrast" options. I searched the problem, and one solution I found was to do EXACTLY what I did... except on the menu they showed, there was a "Windows 7 Basic" color scheme option on the same menu. I'm assuming it was deleted from the color scheme menu somehow; is there any way to restore it?

Hey Jordan,

I know that this could be resolved more easily if you had access to the Personalization gallery to choose the Basic theme.  Unfortunately this is not included in Windows 7 Starter.  My best solution for you right now would be System Restore, to roll your system configuration "back in time" to before the issue began.

Please note that System Restore only restores backup copies of key system files, and running a System Restore will not lose or 'roll back' any of your files, emails, documents, pictures, or anything else.  In addition, if you run the Restore and don't like the results for any reason, you can undo it immediately.  The entire Restore takes about 3 minutes.

To get Started, type the word 'Restore' in your Search box of your Start menu.



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Last updated January 16, 2020 Views 8,042 Applies to: