Guide to Troubleshooting Themes.

By Peddant
Jun 7, 2006
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  1. For the benefit of anybody with theme problems,here is a summary of the most common fixes.
    If none of these fix it,the problem could be spyware related.

    1. Right click the My Computer icon/Properties/Advanced/Performance/Settings. Verify that: Use visual styles on windows
    and buttons is checked.
    2. Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/View. User Common Tasks in Folders.
    3. Right click the Desktop/Properties/Appearance. Windows and Buttons choose: Windows XP style.
    4. Start/Administrative Tools/Services. Scroll down to Themes and verify that the service is started.

    Go to Start/Administrative Tools/Services/Themes. Set to Automatic. Also check your settings here:

    Start/Administrative Tools/Services/Terminal Services/Log On. At the bottom ensure that Hardware Profile Original Configuration is Enabled.

    If the above doesn't apply/nor help: Only windows Classic is listed under Appearance:

    1. Right click on the desktop and choose Properties.
    2. On the Theme tab, choose the Windows XP.
    3. If this option is missing, you may choose Browse... to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Luna.theme
    4. The Luna.theme is the theme of the Windows XP.

    If Luna.theme is missing: Go to Start/Run/Msconfig/Expand Files: Luna.MS_ and Luna.TH_

    Restore Luna Theme (Line 187)

    Restore Themes Functionality (Line 187)

    Windows/Buttons Greyed Out under Appearance and/or Windows XP Style Changes to Windows Classic
    (Line 214)
  2. crisp1

    crisp1 TS Rookie


    How do I use the kellys corner tweaks that are just a list of writing? Like the restore themes functionality one, what do I actually do to make it work?!!

  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    The info on Kelly`s Corner needs to be saved into notepad, then saved as a .reg file as per the instructions below.

    See HERE for info on how to make and use a .reg file.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  4. crisp1

    crisp1 TS Rookie

    Cheers Howard, I managed to make and use the .reg files... But I still have problems, now I get an error message saying the theme I selected cannot load 'Access is denied', and in the appearence tab I can no longer even click in the windows and buttons box. Any ideas guys??!!


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