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Windows 7: Explorer.exe using unapplied themes, why?

06 Nov 2011   #1
ViggyNash

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Explorer.exe using unapplied themes, why?

I was trying to delete some third-party themes from the themes folder, but when I try to delete their respective folders, windows tells me that the Windows Visual Styles files are being used by something. I used procexp.exe to find out what, and apparently they're being used by explorer.exe. Why would explorer.exe be using these files, and how would I delete the files?


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06 Nov 2011   #2
Arc

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First , in the personalization window, right click on an installed theme > delete theme.

Then Delete the respective folder and .theme file in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes.

EDIT : The theme you are deleting must not be the theme currently applied .
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06 Nov 2011   #3
Bongo

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Be sure you are using the default aero theme then logoff/logon then try to delete that 3rd party theme.
Jerry
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07 Nov 2011   #4
ViggyNash

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Logging off worked. Probably just needed to restart explorer. Thanks for the help.
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07 Nov 2011   #5
Bongo

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You're Welcome good to hear you got it.
Jerry
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