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04 Feb 2013  

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Non-Aero themes turn into Windows Classic


I downloaded a few Windows 7 themes from deviantART (the one I'm specifically trying to work with is Soft7 2.0) and set them up by placing the themes in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, then applying them. The theme showed up fine and worked, and then I proceeded to replace ExplorerFrame.dll, manually. I of course backed up my original ExplorerFrame, and replaced it with the new one from the theme, and then restarted explorer.exe. It worked, and then I restarted Windows just for good measure.

When I logged on, I noticed the taskbar, and all windows I opened had the Windows Classic style, as in the screenshot below:

When I go to the personalization menu, Soft7 is still selected. I changed to an Aero theme and it actually worked (borders and taskbar have Aero effects), however whenever I go back into the theme I downloaded, it returns to Windows Classic.

I restored my original ExplorerFrame.dll and rebooted, but Soft7 still refused to work. I ran SFC /SCANNOW and it created a log which I can post if needed, but running it did not solve the problem.

Can anyone help me figure out why these themes won't work properly? Thanks!
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