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Thread: Cannot open Theme Settings, Display Settings, Screen Saver Settings, etc

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    mitcho Guest

    Default Cannot open Theme Settings, Display Settings, Screen Saver Settings, etc


    Hi everyone. new to the forum. Trying to find a solution to my problem.

    I have vista ultimate on a DELL XPS laptop.

    I have 2 user accounts, both admin.

    The second account i setup today by default had the windows classic
    theme, so i clicked personalize the change it. but to my surprise, when
    i clicked on the "Theme" link in the personalize menu, nothing happened
    - no popup or error message, literally nothing.

    i then tried clicking on display settings, same thing. Same thing for
    Window Color and Appearance and Screensaver. The only links which work
    from my personalize menu are "Desktop Background, Sounds and Mouse
    Pointers". Same problem happens in the first user account too i checked.

    Im running latest version of norton antivirus, and have run a scan with
    nothing detected.



    Any help or fixes would be greatly appreciated. google wasnt my friend
    trying to find a solution for this.


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    mitcho

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    owain is offline New Member
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    anybody else got any ideas?
    have had the same problem since i got my toshiba laptop about a year ago!
    gonna reformat/install on the weekend anyway, as the discs are at my parents house and i keep forgetting to pick them up.
    A few of the control panel options work, but i can't open themes
    Also i can't open control panel from the button on the start menu either

    It says it can't find explorer.exe or something

    any help would be great

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    Spike9458 Guest

    Default Re: Cannot open Theme Settings, Display Settings, Screen SaverSettings, etc

    On Nov 13, 12:10 pm, owain <owain.3it...@winvistaclub.com> wrote:
    > anybody else got any ideas?
    > have had the same problem since i got my toshiba laptop about a year
    > ago!
    > gonna reformat/install on the weekend anyway, as the discs are at my
    > parents house and i keep forgetting to pick them up.
    > A few of the control panel options work, but i can't open themes
    > Also i can't open control panel from the button on the start menu
    > either
    >
    > It says it can't find explorer.exe or something
    >
    > any help would be great
    >
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    > owain
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    > owain's Profile:http://winvistaclub.com/forum/member.php?userid=845
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    Have you tried running system file checker (sfc)? I was having a
    problem where none of the control panel applets were working,
    including windows update. After running SFC /scannow the problem seems
    to have gone away, as in my control panel applets and windows update
    now work.

    I am just a hack, but plan an hour or so if you do choose to run SFC,
    as it does take a while. If you are not familiar with SFC, google it
    and do a little research on it before running it. FYI it does come
    with windows, and is run in the command line interface.

    --Jim

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    owain is offline New Member
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    might give that a go, cheers

    don't i need the windows discs though?
    havn't got anything here with me

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    If you have a proper cache of your system files you should not need your installation disk. A good copy of of each of your necessary system files should be in this cache unless it has become corrupted. If that is the case then you will need your disk so clean copies of your files can be pulled from it.

    Good luck,
    zbuckone

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