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#1 jackiemarie

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:04 PM

I followed the advice in another forum today (Aquarium and Da Vinci media enhancements mistakenly uninstalled via Add/Remove Windows Components in The Elder Geek) and ran a link suggested to me, http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm; now however I need to undo this registry change; my Windows XP style is now grayed out in Properties, and I'm stuck with some old modified theme with tiny font and Outlook looks like a really old version. One was "desktoptab.reg" and the other was "restorethemes.reg".

Please help.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:15 PM

Have you tried doing a System Restore back until before you made the changes?
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:18 PM

have you tried doing a system restore..in bold>> copy and paste in run or type it in

Start>>Run>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe >>click ok

Choose a restore point Providing you have some
follow the prompts>>>when completed that should recover registry

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:39 PM

have you tried doing a system restore..in bold>> copy and paste in run or type it in

Start>>Run>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe >>click ok

Choose a restore point Providing you have some
follow the prompts>>>when completed that should recover registry


I did try System Restore back two checkpoints; it said there were no changes made to the computer.

Are you saying I copy and past the C:\WINDOWS\system32\rstrui.exe at start>>run, and then it will ask me for a restore point OR go to System Restore, create a restore point, then run the path you've given me?

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:45 PM

The "desktop.tab" shows the following when I right-click the exe icon on the desktop:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000000
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000
"ClassicShell"=dword:00000000
"NoThemesTab"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispAppearancePage"=dword:00000000
"NoColorChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispSettingsPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"SetVisualStyle"=-

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
"NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager]
"ThemeActive"="1"
"DllName"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\
74,00,25,00,5c,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,6f,00,75,00,72,00,63,00,65,00,73,00,5c,\
00,54,00,68,00,65,00,6d,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,6c,00,75,00,6e,00,61,00,5c,00,\
6c,00,75,00,6e,00,61,00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,73,00,74,00,79,00,6c,00,65,00,73,\
00,00,00

When I right click the "restorethemes.reg" icon, it won't open for me to edit like the one above; it asks me if I want to run it?
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:50 PM

C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

that will take you to system restore....just another short cut or another way to get there

or you can go there this way

START>>ALL PROGRAMS>>ACCESSORIES>>SYSTEM TOOLS>>CLICK ON SYSTEM RESTORE

Follow the prompts Choose a restore point you know when your computer was working good

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:23 AM

C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

that will take you to system restore....just another short cut or another way to get there

or you can go there this way

START>>ALL PROGRAMS>>ACCESSORIES>>SYSTEM TOOLS>>CLICK ON SYSTEM RESTORE

Follow the prompts Choose a restore point you know when your computer was working good


I have gone back to the date of February 16th in System Restore, and it keeps saying the same thing after it reboots: no changes have been made to your computer.
I guess I'll try in safe mode.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:34 AM

Since we are adding a file to the system, let's creates a Restore Point, just to be on the safe side. If the file does not work, you can use the Restore Point to bring the system back to the previous configuration.
The easiest and safest way to do this is:
* Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
* Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
* Then go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
* Click "OK".
* Click the "More Options" Tab.
* Click "Clean Up" in the System Restore section to remove all previous restore points except the newly created one.


Launch Notepad, (Start > Run, type in: notepad)
Copy/paste all the blue text below to it:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0"> <assemblyIdentity processorArchitecture="*" version="5.1.0.0" type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Shell.shell32"/> <description>Windows Shell</description> <dependency> <dependentAssembly> <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" version="6.0.0.0" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*" processorArchitecture="*" /> </dependentAssembly> </dependency> </assembly>

In Notepad, go to File (upper menu bar), and select: Save as
In the Save as prompt:
Save in: C:\Windows
File Name: WindowsShell.Manifest
Click: Save

Also, after saving the file:

Right click the file, select: Properties
Give the file the attributes RHA (Read-Only, Hidden, Archive)

Then, restart the computer.
Now check your Display tabs to see if they are back, and let us know.

i found this over here post #26

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?show...50743&st=20

Edited by mme, 01 April 2008 - 12:36 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2008 - 01:02 AM

"In Notepad, go to File (upper menu bar), and select: Save as
In the Save as prompt:
Save in: C:\Windows
File Name: WindowsShell.Manifest
Click: Save"

I got as far as Save As and the box comes up that says: WindowsShell.Manifest already exists...it wants me to give the file another name in order to save it.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 01:30 AM

I do apologize, but it is almost 2:30 AM where I am, and with work, I have to go now.

Please tell me what to name the file so it can be created. I right-clicked the one that is already there, it is 749 bytes and RH and Microsoft won't open it until I tell it what to open it with.

I did a disk scan/check not too long ago and all was fine; I do defrag etc regularly.

At Display properties, I am able to change my selection to Windows XP except at the "Appearance" tab; the Windows XP style is grayed out under Windows and buttons.

Thank you kindly for your help.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 01:33 AM

maybe check for malware

try post 25 in the link

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?show...50743&st=20

then restart

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:07 AM

maybe check for malware

try post 25 in the link

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?show...50743&st=20

then restart



There are no numbers on posts for this link; which part of it are you referring to?

I run AVG, Zone Alarm and SpySweeper daily; don't believe there's malware.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:39 AM

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?show...50743&st=20

on this link it should show

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 09:53 AM

this is post #24>>#25 what they look like....both are identical

Try the following:

Launch Notepad, (Start > Run, type in: notepad)
Copy/paste all the blue text below to it:

cd C:\
dir %Windir%\WindowsShell.Manifest /a h /s >> look.txt
regedit /e peek1.txt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies"
regedit /e peek2.txt "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components"
type peek1.txt >> look.txt
type peek2.txt >> look.txt
del peek*.txt
start notepad look.txt


In Notepad, go to File (upper menu bar), and select: Save as
In the Save as prompt:
Save in: Desktop
File Name: look.bat
Save as Type: All files
Click: Save
Exit out of Notepad.

Back on the Desktop, double-click on the look.bat file just saved
Notepad opens with some the requested information.
Please provide the text in your next reply.

then they move on to the fix

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:08 AM

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?show...50743&st=20

on this link it should show


Here is what the look.bat file shows:
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is A057-97EE

Directory of C:\WINDOWS

06/29/2006 09:10 PM 749 WindowsShell.Manifest
1 File(s) 749 bytes
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies]
"NoResolveTrack"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]
"NoChangingWallPaper"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=dword:00000091
"LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000000
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000000
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000
"ClassicShell"=dword:00000000
"NoThemesTab"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoDispAppearancePage"=dword:00000000
"NoColorChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispSettingsPage"=dword:00000000
"SetVisualStyle"="C:\\Windows\\Resources\\Themes\\Luna.theme"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\Shell]

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components]
"DeskHtmlVersion"=dword:00000110
"DeskHtmlMinorVersion"=dword:00000005
"Settings"=dword:00000001
"GeneralFlags"=dword:00000005

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components\0]
"Source"="About:Home"
"SubscribedURL"="About:Home"
"FriendlyName"="My Current Home Page"
"Flags"=dword:00000002
"Position"=hex:2c,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,04,03,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,01,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
"CurrentState"=hex:04,00,00,40
"OriginalStateInfo"=hex:18,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,fe,02,\
00,00,04,00,00,40
"RestoredStateInfo"=hex:18,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,fe,02,\
00,00,01,00,00,00

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