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The symptom This week has seen something crop up I have never seen before on any Tablet PC.  I have three Tablet PCs all running either the Energy Blue theme or the Zune theme I recently mentioned.  I love both themes and they rock on the […]

The symptom

This week has seen something crop up I have never seen before on any Tablet PC.  I have three Tablet PCs all running either the Energy Blue theme or the Zune theme I recently mentioned.  I love both themes and they rock on the Tablet PC.  A couple of days ago something bizarre has started happening that is incredibly annoying, which I first started seeing happen on the Fujitsu P1610.  Randomly, when I resume from standby (usually while docked but not always), Windows XP resumes displaying the uber-ugly Windows Classic theme.  The graphics properties box still shows the theme to be my customized one but it’s switched itself to the gray Classic style.  The only solution is to go in and select a different theme, reselect my customized one using either Zune or the Energy Blue theme, and then reapply it.  This is a time waster for a mobile guy like me who is going into Standby and Resume multiple times per day.  It does not happen every time which is why it’s so bizarre, it’s totally random.

The scope

I mentioned that I have three Tablet PCs and shortly after it started happening on the Fujitsu it also started happening on the HP tc1100 and the Sony U71.  The symptom is exactly the same, resume from standby and find the ugly Classic theme.  I should mention that the Fujitsu is now my main machine so the other two are being used sporadically but it seems that it’s happening just as frequently on these devices as it is on the Fujitsu.  Once or twice a day for all three machines.

The hypothesis

The only thing common to all three machines that fits the time frame that the behavior started is Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft released several patches and since I have all three devices set to auto-update that happened with all three sometime late Tuesday night.  The odd theme problem definitely started occurring shortly after that and while I can’t say that is the definite cause it sticks out as the likely culprit because A) it is the only thing I can think of that is common to all three Tablets and B) the timing fits perfectly.

Am I the only one who is seeing this phenomenon?  If you have begun to see this happen what device is affected and when did it start?  Maybe we can figure this out together once and for all.

By James Kendrick

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  1. I have seen the exact same senario happen this week. I’m using the Zune theme that you originally found. I am currently using the Gateway Cx2610 and a Samsung Q1. It also started this week.

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  2. I’ve had an issue the past couple of days with my work PC.
    I’ve got the Zune theme installed and the Explorer.exe process keeps hanging and taskman shows it using 50% CPU.

    I’ve changed back to luna and it’s ok.

    The only thing is, our patches won’t get pushed out until this weekend so that’s not the cause here.

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  3. Actually, come to think of it, my PC is a patching pilot so WILL have been patched.

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  4. I have the same problem and Tuesday sounds about right. I haven’t been paying attention because the OneNote 2007 trial screwed up my desktop search in Outlook. I’ve been to busy trying to fix that, oh yeah and deal with a year end audit, to pay attention. But you’re right, I have the same issue.

    Mark

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  5. I’m using the Zune theme on the Mac Book Pro C2D and haven’t had a problem but I also haven’t applied any patches. I guess I will wait to see.

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  6. Come to think of it l had the some issue this week.

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  7. Just started getting this. The recent Windows updates I see are KB904942, KB914882 and KB914440. I tried uninstalling KB914440 and that didn’t fix it. The others I’m too afraid to uninstall because of the warning about breaking things. ;-)

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  8. i have the zune on my q1 and have disabled all of my windows updates. i have no issues with my zune theme resuming from standby.

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  9. James,

    I’ve had the same problem on all three of my computers (custom-built desktop, Lenovo T43, and HP tc4200). I do not have a Zune, and all three computers have a hacked uxtheme.dll to allow un-signed themes/visual styles.

    I’ve also experienced crashes and lockups using the Microsoft Picture Viewer when I set the image as a desktop wallpaper.

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