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Windows 7: UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update

15 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update

Hello all,

Last Tuesday came a set of updates via Windows Update and since then my custom style displays as Windows Classic and not Aero.
I can use any other official Aero based theme, but using an unsigned theme no longer works.
Has anyone seen this?
What would be your recommendations ?

I tried removing the updates via the appropriate list, but that put my windows in a non bootable state that I could only get out by restoring to a saved state that includes the updates.

Thanks in advance

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15 Dec 2011   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Switch to the default aero theme then
Click on the Start Button type in Services In the search box and then click on Services
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Scroll down until you see unsigned themes select it in click on the Stop text and let it stop after that click on Start text and see if that works. Your screen may blink when you do this.
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Jerry


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16 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for that, but I'm quite sure I have tried it already.
Well, maybe not with "going back to default aero theme", so I'll try again.
That said, I already tried uninstalling and reinstalling UxStyleCore, to no avail.

Weird thing is that this already happened in the past after windows update, after the first reboot. But a second reboot and I was back to normal. It's just this time that it no longer works.

The situation with regards to Aero themes is as follows :

My theme -> broken
Default Aero theme -> broken
Any other Aero theme -> working

Thanks for your help, I'll try your suggestion
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16 Dec 2011   #4

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Windows update's should not turn off UxStyleCore I have never had one update do that I have had to do as I suggested above a few times but not because of an update.
Now you are saying the default Aero theme is broken but you can use other Aero themes I don't see how the other Aero themes(The ones that came from Microsoft) are tied to the default Aero theme they all work off of 1 aero.msstyles
Try turning it on and off in services first.
Then tried to troubleshoot Aero
Click on start button in the search box type Aero and look for Find and fix problems with transparency and check for problems
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Jerry


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16 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

For the default Aero theme, I had modified aero.theme to use another .msstyles file. After putting back the original value, it works again.
I tried using the aero fixer, it did not find anything.
But now that I have fixed aero.theme, my own theme gets back Aero enabled but without using my own aero_obones2.msstyles despite the .theme file specifying this:

[VisualStyles]
Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\Aero_obones2.msstyles

And the above msstyles file is located right there.

I'm quite lost here, but I very much appreciate your help and patience.
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16 Dec 2011   #6

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Take a screenshot of C:\Windows\Resources\Themes and C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero in full screen and post them.
Screenshot with Paint
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Like this
UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-screenshot-12_16_2011-4_13_52-pm.pngUxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-screenshot-12_16_2011-4_14_15-pm.png
Jerry


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18 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

There you go:

[IMG]http://obones.********/aero/themes.png[/IMG]

[IMG]http://obones.********/aero/themes_aero.png[/IMG]

My custom theme file (olivier.theme) is stored in my user profile's directory :

[IMG]http://obones.********/aero/themes_user.png[/IMG]

Thanks again for your help
Regards
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18 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Seems I cannot post direct links, so here are the attachments


Attached Thumbnails
UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-themes.png   UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-themes_aero.png   UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-themes_user.png  
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18 Dec 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You need to remove these and make into themes look at post #38 Start menu color change ?? it will show you how.
UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-themes_aero.png

These do not belong there
UxStyleCore stopped working after latest Windows Update-themes_user.png

Jerry


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09 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Sorry for the delay, but I'm glad to say that this worked a charm, I'm now back with my own theme.
I don't know why my setup worked before and stopped after the latest windows update, but following your indications made it work again.

Many thanks.
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