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Windows 7: Navigation Pane Corrupted - need fix

12 May 2015   #11

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

Not sure that it's much help but see the thread here:

How to change background color of Folders in Windows 7

And see colors shown in Post #30

Also note: For colour changes / theme changes - they worked fine for me by just logging off /on. Other users seem to need to reboot for changes to take effect. So try applying a theme then rebooting. Choose a basic them to test.

Worth a read: How to install 3rd party theme in Windows

So basically the fix might involve replacing explorerframe.dll with a backup copy. Note: That's a guess I'm no expert on themes as Ialways use Classic Theme myself.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2015   #12

Windows 7 home premium x64

Wow, OK, solved now. I had run sfc /scannow command prompt, which didn't fix the problem. However, I found and renamed explorerframe.dll to explorerframe.dll.backup and ran sfc /scannow again. It immediately told me there was a system fix pending and that I should restart my PC and run scannow again. I didn't want to reboot my PC without explorerframe.dll in-case it stopped working entirely (my nerves were getting the better of me by then). So I went back and set explorerframe.dll back to its original name. I restarted my PC anyway, as scannow had told me there was a fix pending and: lo-and-behold, Explorer was fixed and back to normal.

Much relief, and my son has been banned from PC for one month. Hopefully a lesson has been well learned.

Not recommending this to others as I'm not entirely sure what just happened for sure, but it is fixed now. Phew!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2015   #13

Windows 7 home premium x64

Thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions btw.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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