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When you try to change the Internet/E-mail links on the Start Menu from Internet Explorer and Outlook Express through the Taskbar and Start Menu properties on a Windows XP system, the changes do not take effect.

The problem occurs after installing a recent Windows security update, KB2926765. Normally this update is not available for Windows XP as it was released after support ended, but it will download and install on a Windows XP system that has been patched with the Windows POSReady 2009 hack. The update also affects Windows POSReady 2009 as it is essentially Windows XP.

After installing the KB2926765 update and restarting Windows, the Internet/Email links on the Start Menu will default to Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Changing the links through the Taskbar and Start Menu properties does not work. To resolve the problem, open “Add or Remove Programs”, check “Show Updates” and uninstall “Security Update for Windows XP (KB2926765)”. Restart Windows and functionally should be restored to the Start Menu Internet/E-mail selections.

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When visiting Microsoft Update on a Windows XP system, you get the following message and error:

The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view. The options provided below might help you solve the problem. [Error number: 0x80248015]

The error is usually a result of the time & date being set incorrectly. However, since November 18, 2014, the error may also be a result of a defective file, MUWEB.DLL, version 7.6.7600.257. Downloading an older version of the file, version 7.6.7600.256, and copying over the newer version may correct the problem.

Use the links below to download version 7.6.7600.256 of MUWEB.DLL from Microsoft’s website.
MUWEB.CAB
(Windows XP 32-Bit)
MUWEB.CAB (Windows XP Pro SP2 64-Bit)

Extract MUWEB.DLL from the cab file and copy it to the Windows\System32 directory. Confirm file replacement and retry the Microsoft Update website.

Note: This only applies to Microsoft Update. Windows Update appears to be unaffected. The two sites look identical, but Microsoft Update offers additional software. If you have Microsoft Update installed, there is no way to switch back to Windows Update while Microsoft Update fails to work. If Microsoft Update is installed and you try to visit the Windows Update site, you will automatically be redirected to Microsoft Update.

After uninstalling Windows Media Player 11 and reverting back to the previous version, you may find that the collection of Battery visualizations only has a random selection.

To fix this problem, you will have to re-register the WMP.DLL file located in the WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 directory.

  1. Click Start and select Run.
  2. In the text box, type or copy/paste the following line:
    Regsvr32 "c:\windows\system32\wmp.dll"
  3. Click OK. A message will appear stating that WMP.DLL was loaded.
  4. Open Windows Media Player and check your Battery visualizations.

You should now have the individual selections for the Battery visualizations.

An issue while applying a saved theme in the display properties on a Windows XP system may cause the menu items on the menu bar to turn white or display a white border while or after the cursor passes over. This applies only to the Windows XP and Media Center appearance themes.

Comparison of the normal menu bar and the menu bar with the white boxes.

I accidently found a fix for this problem while playing around with the display properties.

  1. Open the display properties. Select and apply your theme.
  2. Click on the appearance tab and change the “windows and buttons” drop down menu to “Windows Classic style.” Click apply.
  3. After the settings take place, change the style back to Windows XP (or Media Center), select your preferred color scheme and click OK. The white boxes behind the menu items will be gone.

In Windows XP, if you want a solid color behind your icon labels on the desktop, or you want to turn the solid color off, follow these steps.

  1. Right-click on My Computer and select properties.
  2. Click the advanced tab.
  3. In the performance section, click settings.
  4. Under the visual effects tab, check/uncheck the “use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” option in the list.
  5. Close the performance options and system properties windows by clicking OK.

If you checked the “use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” and the solid color still remains behind the icon labels, you may have to disable the “lock web items on desktop” option.

  1. Right-click on the desktop and point to arrange icons by.
  2. In the sub menu, check on “lock web items on desktop” to remove the check mark.

Tip: Disable “lock web items on desktop” if the desktop quickly changes to and from a solid background while using or starting Windows.