When you attempt to change the Windows XP mouse pointer scheme, you experience the subject behavior if one or more of the .cur or .ani files are missing from the %SystemRoot%\Cursors folder.

To fix this problem:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD.

2. Open a CMD.EXE window.

3. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:

expand <Drive:>\i386\*.cu_ %SystemRoot%\Cursors                              rename %SystemRoot%\Cursors\*.cu_ *.cur                              expand <Drive:>\i386\*.an_ %SystemRoot%\Cursors                              rename %SystemRoot%\Cursors\*.an_ *.ani