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XP Pro very slow and "Value creation failed at line 451


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#1 WilliamKane

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:23 PM

Hi everyone, well my XP Pro is unutterably slow and when I try to remove a program in the control panel it says "Value creation failed at line 451" and I can't therefore use it. (The control panel)
Now, I was given this pc by my brother and I'd love to remove any superfluous programs if you can help.
I have created a log on "Analyse This" but how I get it to you I really don't know. If you could tell me I'd be grateful!
Thanks in hope.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:00 PM

Hi

Are you using a custom theme? If so, try this....

Click the START button
Click CONTROL PANEL
DoubleClick DISPLAY
The Display Properties window should open.
Click on the THEMES tab (usually already where you are by default)
Drop down the list of themes and choose
WINDOWS XP
Click APPLY
Click OK

Let us know if that fixed the problem with uninstalling programs.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:40 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Make/model of the system please.

Since this is now your system the best bet is a clean installation of Windows.
That way you are assured that the system is running the best it can, is virus and malware free and is cleaned out of all the junk from the previous owner.

Edit: I am not exactly clear about what program you are trying to use and if you are referring to the control panel in Windows or in the program. More info would be really helpful

Edited by Eyesee, 25 January 2012 - 10:46 PM.

In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:38 AM

Hello again and thank you both. James, I tried that but couldn't "Apply" because that option was not highlighted.
Eyesee, well now what can I tell you? It's an Acer, Windows XP Pro, X86 edition. Does that help? You will have realised by now that I'm a novice in these things. If there's some way to find the information you need, please let me know.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:32 AM

FWIW: http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/forum/windows-xp/19718-parser-message-error-says-value-creation-failed-line-45-a.html

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:54 PM

Louis, I don't understand!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:17 PM

Same error message? Possibly same cure?

More Links Re Same Message

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Edited by hamluis, 26 January 2012 - 03:21 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 04:00 PM

I probably should have explained my post to check your theme better :)

This error is known to occur when a file involved in displaying desktop themes is changed or removed.

The error also occurs when there is corruption in the control panel applet for Add Remove Programs. However, when this is the problem, you usually see other errors in addition to the one that you are seeing.

I know it sounds crazy that the theme would have this effect on an unrelated function but the Win32 API evolved in strange ways and many things are interconnected on a system level.

The file that seems to cause this problem the most is...
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Shellstyle.dll

Here is a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base page that discusses how to check if it is there and how to replace it properly.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823768

The knowledge base article addresses an error at line 410 but you may have a newer version that now has the code at line 451.

If you choose the option to rename C:\WINDOWS\system32\class_ss.dll then make sure you make a copy of it first as something like class_ss.dll.OLD so that we can put it back if it makes things worse rather than better.

Let us know if this helps or if it just confuses you more :)

James

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:43 PM

No. I don't understand any of that. :wacko: Louis and James, you're very kind but can you take it step by step. I've typed %windr%\system32 into the run box and was faced with....
Well you know what I was faced with, a series of little boxes, none of whom meant a thing to me.
Imagine I've got that scenario in front of me, now what do I do?

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:57 PM

No problem :)

First let's see if the file is already there.

In XP click the start button
Click SEARCH
the search results window should open
under "What do you want to search for?" choose "All files and folders"
under "All or part of the filename:" enter

Shellstyle.dll

under "Look in" select "Local Hard Drives (C:)"
Click the SEARCH button

If it found the file (it should find several copies of it) let me know if any of them are in "C:\WINDOWS\system32"
There should be a column called "In Folder" that will say where the files are located.

These instructions are for a very generic XP install so if what you see is different on any of the steps and you get stuck, let us know.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:35 AM

All right, I have C:\WINDOWS\system32
C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Luna\Shell\Homestead
C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Luna\Shell\Metallic
C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Luna\Shell\NormalColor

What now?

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 10:08 AM

Good, that means the file is there and that is probably not the source of the error.

Next question, how much free disk space is there on drive c: ?

If there is not enough space free, it could cause your problems.

In order to remove programs at this point, get the free Revo uninstaller

http://www.revouninstaller.com/start_freeware_download.html

You can use this in place of Add/Remove Programs for now.

After you remove the programs you want off your system, you should defrag your hard drive to improve performance.

In XP
Click the START button
ALL PROGRAMS
ACCESSORIES
SYSTEM TOOLS
Disk Defragmenter

Click your C: drive to highlight it
Click ANALYZE
If it says that you should Defrag the drive, then click the DEFRAGMENT button.
It can take awhile to run.
Analyze and defrag any other drives listed if needed.

James

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:25 PM

O.K. well I did that and if anything it's going a little faster. :thumbsup:
I've still got the same problem with line 451 though.
Any ideas?

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 06:13 PM

Do you get the "Value creation failed at line 451" error when you use Revo to uninstall programs?

Also, how much free space do you have on drive C?

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:18 AM

56.48gb = 73% free space. No, I don't get the line 451 thing when I use the Revo programs.
I must say, when I turned my pc on today, it took ages to load and get going. Hmmm.




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