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Windows 7: Windows Explorer crashes randomly after custom theming?

21 Jul 2012   #1

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Windows Explorer crashes randomly after custom theming?

I have a Dell XPS 1645, running Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I have applied a custom theme found on Deviant Art.com, I have followed the directions to the t, but I still seem to be running into random problems with Windows Explorer crashing. When I repair the system files, and go back to a normal msstyle theme, Windows Explorer no longer crashes. So the issue is with the theming, but what am I doing wrong? I see many other people apply custom themes, without ever running into an issue. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance to any help given.


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21 Jul 2012   #2

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Post a link to the theme and I will test it.
Jerry
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21 Jul 2012   #3

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Hey thanks so much for the reply, here it is:

Placebo for Windows 7 by ~SolMiler on deviantART
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21 Jul 2012   #4

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Which 1 of the Placebo are you using (there are 54 in the folder) and did you change the explorerframe.dll if so which did you change (there are 6 in the folder)?
Jerry
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21 Jul 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Which 1 of the Placebo are you using (there are 54 in the folder) and did you change the explorerframe.dll if so which did you change (there are 6 in the folder)?
Jerry

Any of them. I have tried using all, but I normally stick with Angst, is the one I liked the most, but again as I said I tried with all..
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21 Jul 2012   #6

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So you tried all 54 and all 6 dlls and the permutations and combinations thereof?

Just list one specific combination out of that multitude that does not work so that one has something to use as a testbed.
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21 Jul 2012   #7

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Did you change the explorerframe.dll if so which did you change (there are 6 in the folder)? Will test tomorrow.
Jerry
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22 Jul 2012   #8

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Been using this theme for a while an no crashs.
Did you use the Theme Resource Changer app or did you manually change the explorerframe.dll if so which did you change (there are 6 in the folder)?
Jerry
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22 Jul 2012   #9

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I do not understand when you say did I try all 54 combinations. I have tried each one of the main 6 themes included in the download from deviantart. I have not tried any of the borderless themes, or extras like shell32.dll or anything like that. To explain more, when I switch to the Angst theme, I then use the Angst explorerframe.dll found in the Angst Explorer Frame folder. When I say I tried all of them, I mean I tried all of the 6 themes: Angst, Kitsch, Ashtray, Black Market, and Cold Light. When I tried a different theme, I would then follow the instructions once more, skipping the steps I have already done, and then switching my theme and explorerframe.dll. No matter what theme I am on, I still run into the crashing issue. Also, I did use Theme Resource changer, but then also tried it manually to see if it would resolve the issue, but theme resource manager didn't show any errors and even doing it manually I still run into the crashing. Im sorry I wasn't more clear before.
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23 Jul 2012   #10

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Do no use Theme Resource changer an manually change the explorerframe.dll at the same time, if you look in the theme folder there are folders with images in them, using Theme Resource changer changes the images for each theme so you do not need to do it manually.
What do you mean by crashes what happens?
Jerry
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