Why do the graphics look different on the Ubuntu live cd than the download?

Ok so I recently forayed into the wonderful world of Linux by making a live cd and installing it on an old computer (not dual booting). I installed it few problems (well actually lots of problems but that was due to a dead hard drive). After I installed and booted up from the (good) hard drive everything ran great. The only weird thing I noticed was that the graphics on the live cd were better than on the hard drive. The menus were small and everything looked a bit sharper. I would like to know why this is and if possible how to change it back.Thank you I love Ubuntu it boots up faster than my newer pc. ^^

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