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Windows 7: How do I delete a skin pack completely?


08 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How do I delete a skin pack completely?

Ok, my idiotic cousin thought it would be funny to download a christmas skin pack on my laptop. So I tried changing themes because I have to uninstall the Skin Pack first. Thats where I think I went wrong. Because when I uninstalled the Skin pack and rebooted the laptop there were some stuff that were still there from the skin pack which was supposed to be deleted when I uninstalled the skin pack. Like the start orb button didn't go back to normal, the windows logon picture, the sound when I log in and log off or turn off the computer is Santa saying hoho or some other crap. So I want to know how to delete all this stuff off of my laptop for good. Also some files and icons didn't go back to default also. And in explorer.exe theres alot of red thats not supposed to be there.

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08 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Go to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes and delete everything except "Aero" and "aero". Then change the theme to Aero using Control Panel/Personalisation

I have included the replacements to explorer.exe, shell32.dll, ExplorerFrame.dll and Aero. Download each one and extract to your Desktop.

Put Aero in C:/Windows/Resources/Themes
Put shell32.dll in C:/Windows/system32
Put ExplorerFrame.dll in C:/Windows/system32
Put explorer.exe in C:/Windows

You may need to Take Ownership Shortcut of each of these files. Right Click and select Take Ownership

Then open Task Manager and click the Processes Tab, Right Click on explorer.exe and select End Process[/b]. Then go back to the Applications Tab and select New Task. Head over to C:/Windows/System32 for example and ExplorerFrame.dll to ExplorerFrame.dll.old and then copy the new ExplorerFrame in. Do this for all files.

Additionally an SFC /SCANNOW may help.


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09 Feb 2012   #3

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Do not delete everything in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
Look in personalization first a look at the Aero Themes do not delete anything with these names.
How do I delete a skin pack completely?-personalization.pngHow do I delete a skin pack completely?-themes.png

Do Options 2 of this tutorial first SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
it will not harm any data or programs you have installed it will try to repair your system files.

Look at this tutorial Sounds - Change you may be able to select the sound theme being used and delete it.
Let us know how it goes for you.
Jerry


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15 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Premium 64bit
 
 

I have the same problem, but it actually didn't work for me, because I can't replace the files above, saying they are IN ACTION ? o_O
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16 Aug 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bodi View Post
I have the same problem, but it actually didn't work for me, because I can't replace the files above, saying they are IN ACTION ? o_O
Which files can you not replace? And where did you get them.
Jerry
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02 Feb 2013   #6
AC3

32bit Windows 7 professional
 
 

I need premisson to replace files.How I can get premmison
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02 Feb 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AC3 View Post
I need premisson to replace files.How I can get premmison
Welcome to the Seven Forums

To properly change a system file you need to take ownership give yourself permission and rename the old file and then copy in the new one look at Post #6 of this thread will tell you how to do it Basic Networking Information

Jerry
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24 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

''Right Click and select Take Ownership'' i don't understand where should i make this right click ?
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24 Aug 2013   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by man0182 View Post
''Right Click and select Take Ownership'' i don't understand where should i make this right click ?
Welcome to the Seven Forums

Who or what post are you asking about.

Jerry
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24 Aug 2013   #10

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums man0182. The link in his post was not formatted correctly. It refers to this tutorial

Take Ownership Shortcut

Once installed, a Take Ownership shortcut appears on the Right click context menu when you right click on the file or folder you want to take ownership of. Take note of the warnings.

warning   Warning
WARNING, DO NOT TAKE OWNERSHIP of the C: (Windows 7) drive!!


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