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29 Oct 2012   #11
Comodo445

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I know this is off-topic and all but do you have any skype or yahoo to chat with or anything like that because i only have a few questions if your not busy.


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29 Oct 2012   #12
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I do not chat on the net sorry, if you have questions ask here or start a new thread.

Jerry
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30 Oct 2012   #13
Comodo445

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

WOW now I screwed up big time. When I tried to replace explorerframe.dll using theme installer it failed and now explorer.exe wont open and i only get black screen when start up but i can still use browser and stuff but explorer.exe is now totally wasted xD. Any Help?

Trying to replace files wont work thanks to ownership and 'take ownership' wont work on explorer.exe. I replaced explorerframe, but i dont know if that helped
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30 Oct 2012   #14
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

My 1st advice would be to run System Restore from the command prompt in safe mode:

Safe Mode

Choose Safe mode with command prompt. When the command prompt opens type

rstrui.exe

Enter

A SR from safe mode cannot be undone, but should return you to before your current problem. If no restore points from before this new problem, try SFC from the same command prompt

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

A Guy
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30 Oct 2012   #15
Comodo445

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks A Guy. That worked and now pc 100% again. If I need to replace any files like explorerframe.dll what is the best way to do it without making all go corrupt?

I'm using 64-bit so should I backup sysWOS64 and System32 or only System32 when installing custom themes?
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30 Oct 2012   #16
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It has been a long time since I tried changing explorerframe, but I remember encountering the problem with Explorer.exe you did as well at 1st. I will defer to Jerry's (Bongo) greater knowledge in making the replacements. Hang in there, I'm sure he will have some ideas when he gets on. A Guy
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31 Oct 2012   #17
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

You need to make sure you get the right file in SysWOW64 and System32 folders, some theme makers will post system files and they will put some in 64-bit folder in a 32-bit folder and believe it or not items that will be in the 32-bit folder will go in SysWOW64 and items in the 64-bit folder will go in the System32 folder, the best way is to check the size of the file comparing the original file to the modified one they should be pretty close in size.

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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31 Oct 2012   #18
Comodo445

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I looked at post #6 and isn't it the same as using take ownership through right click? What I do is use Take Ownership then I copy the file to a folder called backup on Desktop. To replace it after I took ownership should I just copy new.dll and replace?
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31 Oct 2012   #19
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I literally have changed hundreds of system files using that method in Post #6 and it has never failed, at the bottom of Post #6 the last image shows I leave the original which has been renamed to .bak after taking ownership and giving myself permission in the original folder and then copy the modified one into the system folder.

Jerry
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31 Oct 2012   #20
Comodo445

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
I literally have changed hundreds of system files using that method in Post #6 and it has never failed, at the bottom of Post #6 the last image shows I leave the original which has been renamed to .bak after taking ownership and giving myself permission in the original folder and then copy the modified one into the system folder.

Jerry
Thanks for all the help.
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