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Windows 7: Need help installing custom Win7 theme

29 Mar 2016   #1
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Need help installing custom Win7 theme

Hello,

I have recently built my own gaming rig and would like a snazzy theme to go with it, specifically this one.

Thing is, I've tried to install custom Windows themes in the past... and it usually ends with a system restore after my desktop looks like a bombsite.

I was wondering if someone on here would be gracious enough to give me a step-by-step, idiot's guide to installing this particular theme? I know there are various tutorials online but not all themes are packaged the same, and it can be overwhelming for newbs like myself.

Thanks in advance.


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30 Mar 2016   #2
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Don't all try and help me at once!

So, I took it upon myself to install it. Copied the theme files to the root Themes directory. Took ownership of the DLL files, replaced the corresponding files in System32 & SysWOw64 (but changed the originals to back-ups). Restarted my comp aaaand...

BZZZZT.... The application was unable to start correctly (0x000007b).

I couldn't even access my desktop or anything. I had to insert my Windows 7 CD and use a System Restore point to get it working again.

See? This is why I can't have nice things.
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30 Mar 2016   #3
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Go to the personalisation screen GUI, choose get more themes on line, im using the GT ones.

Roy
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31 Mar 2016   #4
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Go to the personalisation screen GUI, choose get more themes on line, im using the GT ones.

Roy
No offence, but how does that help me install this theme?
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01 Apr 2016   #5
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay, so I've got the basic theme working. Now I need help changing the explorer.dll files without borking my comp.

As I understand it, I need to:
  • Run an elevated command prompt
  • Rename the System32 & SysWOW64 explorerframe.dll files to explorerframe.dll.bak
  • Copy over the explorerframe.dll theme files
  • Task manager > close explorer.exe
  • Task manager > create new task > explorer
  • ...Profit?
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02 Apr 2016   #6
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Still getting the 0x000007b error when I replace the explorerframe.dll files.
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06 Apr 2016   #7
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Just so I know I've got this right...

Explorerframe.dll X86 SP1 > This goes into System 32
Explorerframe.dll x64 SP1 > This goes into SysWOw64

????
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10 Apr 2016   #8
drake86

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drake86 View Post
Just so I know I've got this right...

Explorerframe.dll X86 SP1 > This goes into System 32
Explorerframe.dll x64 SP1 > This goes into SysWOw64

????
Nope, turns out it's the other way around. Theme is now working.

Thanks for nothing.
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