Is the 184.108.40.206 a typo or did you really have a version like that?
If you feel you have a good install, you might try changing some of the Vista settings for color and appearance and see if it helps. You might try unchecking the transparency to see if it returns to normal. Maybe even the color intensity slider could bring back the center, but I doubt it. Try going to the theme settings and select Windows Classic, which I believe turns off the aero glass. If you do this, you may have to go back to the Windows color and appearance dialogue to setup aero glass again.
Try changing colors in the StartSmart window (little button on bottom). Try shrinking and expanding the window.
I suppose it could have something to do with your video driver---.
If you feel your install might be corrupt, make sure and use the clean tools to uninstall prior to reinstalling. I think I used them in Vista, but I do not remember for sure.