Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Can't replace shell32.dll manually, while installing third party theme

14 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
Can't replace shell32.dll manually, while installing third party theme

I want to replace original shell32.dll with a custom one to fully enable a third party theme but While replacing original shell32.dll ,windows pop-up says "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program" though I’ve taken ownership of the file and closed all programs.(please see the screenshot, if you don't understand my problem). Please someone help me............

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Aug 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

But the system 32 folder is in the Windows core. Are you certain you know exactly what you are doing here? What backup have you saved in case things go wrong? Unless you a very experienced I would not recommend this action!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Aug 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

You have chosen a nice place to upload !

Can't replace shell32.dll manually, while installing third party theme-screenshot_2.jpg

If you want to replace shell32.dll, first you must Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup , then try using System File Replacer by ~xuliikoo on deviantART .

My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Aug 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

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
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Can't replace shell32.dll manually, while installing third party theme

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Can not replace shell32.exe even after taking ownership
Hi all, This is my first post here, I did search the forum but couldn't seem to find a solution. I have my first Windows 7 laptop (for 2 days now) and I think I've messed it up already! During an attempt to install a custom theme, I needed to replace explorer.exe, shell32.dll and a couple of...
General Discussion
Theme ruining programs! Do I need to use multiple shell32.dll?
I recently installed a theme that made me change files such as shell32.dll and explorer.dll. Unfortunately, the theme is now messing with things such as Microsoft Word (Page colour is always grey instead of white -.- ) and a calender organization software. I'll show a picture of what I mean:...
Themes and Styles
installing a 3rd party theme and req. to change exploereframe.dll
please guide me how to install this Windows 7 Themes: Seamus by TheBull - Page 3 i mean the installation requires to change the explorer.dll files i just curious maybe installation of these pack is different from other theme pack.. and maybe using the theme manager is also...
Themes and Styles
shell32.dll Problem : Windows 7 x64 custom theme
Hello, Im having a problem modifying shell32.dll on windows 7 x64. On 32 bit windows it was simple, just replace the shell32.dll in windows \system32 and restart. Im trying to modify the control panel side bar (with res hacker). I replace the resources in both windows/system32/shell32.dll and ...
Themes and Styles
Can't replace shell32.dll
OK, so I've taken ownership of the file and renamed it to Shell32.dll.bak. When I go to drag the new shell32.dll into the System32 folder, it asks me to overwrite shell32.dll, and then tells me that I can't. Am I missing something here?
Classic theme that replace 7 Basic Theme?
Hey there guys. I wonder if there's a theme that could change Windows 7's basic theme for something... more beautiful? I know for a fact that it can be changed because, in Vista, right now, I'm using an advanced theme (using Tune Up Utilities 2k9) that has changed the basic theme for...
Themes and Styles

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:37.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App