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Windows 7: Personalization issues

14 Nov 2010   #1
fifthmanstandin

32 bit Windows 7 on a Bootcamp Partition
 
 
Personalization issues

Hopefully someone here can help me.

I'll start out with the system specs. I'm running a Mac Pro with a bootcamp partition and Windows 7. I was really starting to like Windows 7 until I got into the personalization of it. The previous partition was XP and I had no problem customizing the HUD as the day was long. This new 'fangled windows is giving me a run for my money. The problems are in two parts:

1) When attempting to replace the ExplorerFrame.dll file in System32, obviously I get the 'You need permission to perform this action' when I go to drag/drop/replace the file. I've googled until I'm blue in the face. I've installed a menu option on my right click that 'Takes Ownership' when I click it. Doesn't work. I've gone through the Properties>Security Tab>Edit and gave both "Administrators (Fifth-PC\Administrators)" full control as well as the "Users (Fifth-PC\Users) just in case I was confused as to which one I was. No luck. I've googled and done things like
How to replace Explorer.exe in Windows 7? | Windows 7 Themes
where you run a cmd window to set permission to you. Fails miserably. I downloaded a program called 'Unlocker' because one site said it was the end all be all for getting rid of that error message. Downloaded, installed and set the entire System32 file to be unlocked. Nothing. Useless entirely. I opted for
Properties>Security Tab>Advanced>Owner Tab> and began switching between "Fifth the user and "Fifth" the admin furiously in hope that it would work. I still get the needing permission error when attempting to replace the file.

It has, however, worked one time. In a fit of rage and boredom I went through the same Properties>Security Tab>Advanced>Owner Tab> about 20 times and by sheer miraculous aid from the Gods, it worked one time. And I am now stuck with about the most unflattering replacement file I've ever seen. You should see it, the little back and forth buttons are barely even there. It's hideous really.


2) When attempting to replace a theme. I've patched the three files that I'm supposed to patch from what Google tells me with several programs now. In hopes that switching programs maybe meant more 'correct' patching. I've used 'Universal Theme Patcher' as well as UxStyle Core to patch. Universal Theme patcher verifies that themeservice.dll, themeui.dll and uxtheme.dll are all patched. I go on to the next step of 'download some random theme, take the theme file and drop that bad boy into C:/windows/resources/themes then go into Personalization in control panel and double click the theme' correct? Well when doing that, the themes show up under 'installed themes' with the correct name and everything. It's just that no matter what I dowload, the theme is a black background with clear glass like window color. Wouldn't really call it a theme. I've even gone so far as to find themes with crazy colors like this:

Alternative for Windows 7 by ~oliver182 on deviantART

just to see if it would even change color and verify that my computer is stupid.

I know there's something really lame I'm overlooking. Hopefully someone can point it out and make fun of me.

Thanks.


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15 Nov 2010   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview 64-bit
 
 

First, run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to bring back everything to its default ; so that we can start a fresh attempt .

When SFC is finished , restart your computer , and you are at the position before starting customization .

Now , I recommend yu to Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup , so that in case of any future need you can restore the image back .

Now run universal theme patcher as admin (right click > run as admin) , patch all the three dll files and restart . Copy and paste only the theme files in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, and apply it .

Now use Systen File Replacer to replace the system files you want .

If there is any further problem, post back .
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15 Nov 2010   #3
fifthmanstandin

32 bit Windows 7 on a Bootcamp Partition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
First, run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to bring back everything to its default ; so that we can start a fresh attempt. When SFC is finished , restart your computer , and you are at the position before starting customization.
Did so and it stated that it detected many corrupt files. It also stated that upon reboot it would correct this. I rebooted. It did.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Now run universal theme patcher as admin (right click > run as admin) , patch all the three dll files and restart . Copy and paste only the theme files in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, and apply it.
I did as you said, patched the three files using Universal Theme Patcher. It patched them. Then:
Browsing Customization on deviantART
I download the theme I wanted from this page, opened the zip file, take the Kuro2010 folder and drop the whole thing into c:/windows/resources/themes. I then navigate to Control Panel>Personalization. There's nothing there. This screenshot should give you an idea of what I'm looking at. Note that this screen shot is taken after I've added the theme file and then closed control panel and reopened Personalization to 'refresh' it if you will.
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/9...reenshot1p.jpg

This next image shows what happens when I copy the .theme file and paste it into the Resources folder and then double click on the file.
http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/3885/screenshot2oj.jpg

Note that the Kuro file is selected, but that the taskbar is the same color as before. It even makes that highly annoying 'ding' when a new theme is selected but no actual changes occur. No wallpaper change, no color change with tool bars. Nothing.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Now use Systen File Replacer to replace the system files you want
Worked like a charm on the explorer file. Thanks.

Now if we can get themes to show up.
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15 Nov 2010   #4
fifthmanstandin

32 bit Windows 7 on a Bootcamp Partition
 
 

As for the theme problem. I've also been following up with it here:
Personalization issues

and have some more screen shots there to illustrate what i'm seeing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #5
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview 64-bit
 
 

Ok so let us get the themes show up .

First of all , go to Kuro2010 > Themes ; and copy the three items shown , paste in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes . Now you would be able to apply Kuro and Kuro Grey from your personalization menu .
-capture1.jpg

Next , go to Kuro2010 > Replacements ; replace the marked two files with System file replacer . (ExplorerFrame.dll is situated in C:\Windows\system32)
-capture2.jpg

Finally, go to Kuro2010>Fonts ; Copy all the fonts , go to Control panel > All Control Panel Items > Fonts , and paste those there ( Organize > Paste )
-capture3.jpg

If there is any further query , post back .


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