If you have suddenly noticed that the Windows XP desktop icon text has a colored background, and it didn’t before, you should know it’s an easy fix. There are a few things you can try.
1. Drop Shadows
System Preferences>Advanced>Performance>Settings>Make sure “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” is checked.
2. Display Properties
Right click the desktop>Properties>Desktop tab>Customize Desktop button >Web tab – uncheck the items, click “ok” then “apply”.
3. Registry Change
I have read elsewhere of a fix that seemed to work for some people which was to change a key in the registry, this one to be precise:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktop : Set it to “1”
4. Menu Shadows
Right-click the desktop>properties>Appearance tab>”effects” button, make sure “show shadows under menus” is checked. click “ok, “apply”, then “ok”.
If the problem still persists, you may have recently installed a program that changed some Windows XP settings, and unless you know what was changed, you may have to live with it. Also, this weird type of activity can be caused by spyware or a virus as well, so run some scans. You may need to reinstall Windows to correct the issue, if it’s that important to you.