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Windows 7: Theme Installer is screwed...

03 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Theme Installer is screwed...

Anyways, this has happened multiple times but I'm posting it now because I don't feel like doing a system restore for the billionth time.

So, when I try and restore the default aero system files, I get this.



Details are -

Code:
See the end of this message for details on invoking 
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path 'C:\Windows\explorer.exe.bak' is denied.
   at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
   at System.IO.File.Delete(String path)
   at Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO.FileSystem.DeleteFileInternal(String file, UIOptionInternal showUI, RecycleOption recycle, UICancelOption onUserCancel)
   at Microsoft.VisualBasic.MyServices.FileSystemProxy.DeleteFile(String file)
   at Windows_Theme_Installer.Main.DeleteFile(String FileName)
   at Windows_Theme_Installer.Main.bRestoreDefaultSystemFiles_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)


************** Loaded Assemblies **************
mscorlib
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
----------------------------------------
Windows Theme Installer
    Assembly Version: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Users/Josh/Documents/Windows%20Theme%20Installer/Windows%20Theme%20Installer/Windows%20Theme%20Installer%20v%201.1.exe
----------------------------------------
Microsoft.VisualBasic
    Assembly Version: 8.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 8.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/8.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll
----------------------------------------
System
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.dll
----------------------------------------
System.Windows.Forms
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.dll
----------------------------------------
System.Drawing
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Drawing.dll
----------------------------------------
System.Runtime.Remoting
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Runtime.Remoting.dll
----------------------------------------

************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging
enabled.

For example:

<configuration>
    <system.windows.forms jitDebugging="true" />
</configuration>

When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
rather than be handled by this dialog box.
HELP!

~Joshua~


My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #2
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Well, access to explorer.exe is denied. This can happen for two reasons:
  • the installer doesn't run as admin
  • explorer.exe is in use (most likely because it is currently running)
If it is the first reason, try running the installer as admin.
If it's the second - try killing the explorer process while the installer is running. Then restart it from the task manager or by logging off. However if the installer is any good it should take care of this for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

I would try the run as admin like suggested, you can always ask

Kishan he's the one who created that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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03 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If it were me I would uninstall it with Revo Unistaller, install theme as administrator, and or like Derek said contact
Kishan for additional help. IMO
Sometime your AV also gets in the way when you download programs.
These are just suggestions to help you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the replies!

Yes, I always run it as Administrator, but it's never helped. =/

Why is access to explorer.exe.bak denied though? O_o I even went and took ownership of it, and it still didn't help.

~Joshua~
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Not really sure why but you could ask Kishan, I've never used that tool myself.

Have you tried this tutorial,

Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7

It's never failed me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Left Kishan a message.

I'll check out the tutorial, but I'd also like to know what I'm doing wrong in regards to the app itself.

~Joshua~
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Torongo View Post
Left Kishan a message.

I'll check out the tutorial, but I'd also like to know what I'm doing wrong in regards to the app itself.

~Joshua~
I don't blame you, I'd want to know too!

Hope you get it figured out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #9

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

I've run into this as well. There's a few things you need to do before using that program.

A) Take ownership of explorer.exe located in your System folder.

B) Stop "explorer.exe" process once you'ved opened the program (You can do so via task manager)

C) Use the program as you would normally.

In most cases, the program should automatically reboot your computer when replacing system files which allows it to overwrite the files without closing explorer.exe and others, but in some cases you have to kill the process anyway. Regardless, as long as you kill explorer.exe you should be fine. If the program doesn't automatically reboot for you, you can reboot by pressing ctrl-alt-dlt (Killing explorer.exe removes taskbar.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Torongo View Post
Left Kishan a message.

I'll check out the tutorial, but I'd also like to know what I'm doing wrong in regards to the app itself.

~Joshua~
I don't blame you, I'd want to know too!

Hope you get it figured out.
I checked out the tutorial link, but its not any help, sorry. I've already patched ma three files. Thanks anyways though. =D

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I've run into this as well. There's a few things you need to do before using that program.

A) Take ownership of explorer.exe located in your System folder.

B) Stop "explorer.exe" process once you'ved opened the program (You can do so via task manager)

C) Use the program as you would normally.

In most cases, the program should automatically reboot your computer when replacing system files which allows it to overwrite the files without closing explorer.exe and others, but in some cases you have to kill the process anyway. Regardless, as long as you kill explorer.exe you should be fine. If the program doesn't automatically reboot for you, you can reboot by pressing ctrl-alt-dlt (Killing explorer.exe removes taskbar.)
Going to my Task Manager > Processes > Explorer and right clicking it, if I "Kill" it, will it not be impossible to start back up without a reboot?

~Joshua~
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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