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tartersauce

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    Windows XP Theme Messed up My Whole Computer
    « on: January 05, 2010, 12:37:36 PM »
    I was flitting around with Windows XP Themes. I found a way to install custom ones. I was er, trying to install a Windows 7 Aero theme. I was also trying to make it a theme which I can access without having to open a file. I was in Display Properties, see, and it was selected to the Windows 7 theme, I saw that it was all black, but I figured it was a bug or something and would change it in the appearance tab later.


    Big mistake.
    Turns out, I have no idea about theme/theme files and how the work.   ???


    When I hit apply, almost everything on the screen went black. Not the natural black. I could see my icons and their names, but almost nothing else. I still can't. I can tell everything is there, I just can't see it. I tried to go back to display properties from the control panel, but the entire windows was blackened, too.


    I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 With Windows XP SP3 and Ubuntu 9.10 dual-booted.
    I got this laptop from someone else.
    It doesn't seem to be able to read my installation disc, but I did find a Windows XP Reinstallation disk for Dell computers.
    That worked, but I ended up getting the Blue Screen of Death, something about a hardware error, but maybe that's because I've been turning it on and off repeatedly.

    Please help!   :(
    « Last Edit: January 05, 2010, 01:49:15 PM by tartersauce »

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      Re: Windows XP Theme Messed up My Whole Computer
      « Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 02:46:59 PM »
      Will this work?

      %SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"%1"

      %SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Appearance /Action:OpenMSTheme /file:"%1"

      (replace %1 with the file name)




      Will that work? I run that in the command prompt?
      I got it here:http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=296277

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      Re: Windows XP Theme Messed up My Whole Computer
      « Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 07:38:12 PM »
      Pull the drive...

      Backup your important data...

      Format the drive...

      Re-install.

      See how much fun Themes are ? ?
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        Re: Windows XP Theme Messed up My Whole Computer
        « Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 11:25:10 AM »
        Hahahaha. I couldn't have done that even if I tried.

        I couldn't SEE anything. It all existed, it's just the theme made everything nearly black and unseeable.

        I fixed a much er, easier way...


        Thanks, anyway!

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        Re: Windows XP Theme Messed up My Whole Computer
        « Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 11:29:06 AM »
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