XP Theme Visual Styles Load Error

Posted on 2011-02-25
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I went to change a style setting in Properties/Appearance in XP SP3 and found that my previously working  'Windows Classic Style' theme was missing. When I tried to access the 'Advanced' button under the Appearance tab I get the error: "Error loading Visual Styles". I checked the service for Themes and it is running. I can access the Windows XP Style in appearances with no problem. The theme exists in the directory C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes.

I have searched the net high and low for a solution including Microsoft and can find nothing relating to a solution to this problem or its cause. How do I get my Classic Style back?
Question by:VFJ
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ID: 34982512
Try clicking start, right click on "my computer" and click properties. Go to advanced tab, under performance click "Settings" (the top most settings button" and under the visual effects tab select "Adjust for best performance" and then ok your way out.

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ID: 34982630
Tried that solution and no change. I still get the error:
      "The visual styles could not be loaded because the file failed to load"
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by:Rahul Agarwal
ID: 35006447
1. Try Registering uxtheme.dll (found under %windir%\system32)
2. Try renaming the file. This will replace the file from the windows DLLCache.
3. if still the issue, Please run:
     i. sfc /purgecache
     ii. sfc /scannow

in that order, it will check and replace all the corrupted files in the windows installation from the Windows CD (ofcourse you will need a windows installation disc for the command to work.)

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VFJ earned 0 total points
ID: 35024333
Found a solution on the web by creating new account and exporting just the display settings and then importing them back into my current account. It was a bit clunky and strange but it worked.

Thanks for the comments.

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ID: 35067693
Found solution on web myself.

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