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After I log in to windows it's just a black screen. My cursor is still there but nothing else. When I try to do CTL ALT DEL and run task manager it says unable to run tskmngr. This happened after I installed a theme. I tried going into recovery with a windows 7 USB and restoring, but it says no restore points available even though I did make a restore point a while back. The screen is still black in safe mode. Help frown.gif
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Depending on what system files the theme changed, you'll need to restore the original files - for example shell32.dll, explorerframe.dll, explorer.exe... for both system32 and syswow64. I have Ubuntu liveCD on a usb stick just for this purpose.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
Edited by gymenii - 4/22/12 at 12:59pm
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Originally Posted by gymenii View Post

Depending on what system files the theme changed, you'll need to restore the original files - for example shell32.dll, explorerframe.dll, explorer.exe... for both system32 and syswow64. I have Ubuntu liveCD on a usb stick just for this purpose.
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Just downloading Ubuntu now. What's a good source to get the default DLL files from? The issue occurred after downloading explorer.dll from a website then using that, so kind of wary about that stuff now.
post #4 of 8
The orig explorer.exe and explorerframe.dll files are stored under c:\windows\winsxs. You need admin acess to replace system files. But before doing that, try repairing the systems files...

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/139810-sfc-scannow-run-command-prompt-boot.html

or

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html

edit:
I keep mulitple copies of these files... explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll, imageres.dll, shell32.ddl, zipfldr.dll, and a few 100 others that I have modified on a usb just in case smile.gif

Always make a backup of any system file before you replace it!
Edited by gymenii - 4/22/12 at 1:42pm
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Originally Posted by gymenii View Post

The orig explorer.exe and explorerframe.dll files are stored under c:\windows\winsxs. You need admin acess to replace system files. But before doing that, try repairing the systems files...
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/139810-sfc-scannow-run-command-prompt-boot.html
or
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
edit:
I keep mulitple copies of these files... explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll, imageres.dll, shell32.ddl, zipfldr.dll, and a few 100 others that I have modified on a usb just in case smile.gif
Always make a backup of any system file before you replace it!

Mounting the windows ISO to a USB now. I do have backups of these files but the trouble is applying them back when I can't get into Windows. Ubuntu is annoying as it wont let me use my mouse in the explorer window. Once the USB mounting is done I'll try the repair commands, and if that doesn't work I'll try using ubuntu to put the original files back on.
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Boot from ubuntu, replace files, reboot, done thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by gymenii View Post

Boot from ubuntu, replace files, reboot, done thumb.gif

Worked. I love you grouphug.gif +rep to you.
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Worked. I love you grouphug.gif +rep to you.

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