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Windows XP SP2 - Desktop appearance - Please Wait dialog

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If I open the Display properties and click on the Appearance tab, change the theme from Windows XP to classic or vice versa, then click apply, it displays a 'Please Wait' dialog with a windows logo. How do I get this dialog to display programatically? I think it is an API call but don't know where to find it.
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The dll that exports the themes APIs on winXP is called uxtheme.dll
As you can see not all of the exported APIs have meaningfull names.
Good Luck
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As a final note, the cause of our problem was a bug with Microsoft's unattended build command.

We where trying to refresh the appearance as when a machine was built with the Japanese MUI in the OS and outlook2003 was used with the Mail set in RTF mode then Japanese characters would corrupt, to get round this refreshing the desktop fixed the issue hence the question.

Further testing revealed that a setting in the unattend.txt of DisableThemesOff=Yes and the automatic install of the Japanese Language OS MUI caused the issue, to get round this we removed the DisableThemesOff=Yes and added the policy of SetVisualStyle to be "" and this fixed the issue during the build time.

This has been reported to Microsoft as an issue.

Hope it helps

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