Explorer.exe UI just messed up

NerferMC

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I accidentally used a theme which I really wanted in my windows 8 pc, but since I reverted it back to normal...My taskbar, metro apps, systen ui, and file explorer has messed up.
-When using a metro app, UI freezes and no longer works (app switcher, charms, taskbar) requires crtl+alt+del and sign out
-Taskbar looks so glitched/bugged
-Can't open file explorer, restarts itself.
 

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Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
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Boot into safemode and run the following to reset the theme to the defautlt

rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\System32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero.theme"
 

NerferMC

Active Member
Boot into safemode and run the following to reset the theme to the defautlt

rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\System32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:"C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero.theme"
The instruction was unclear.

I tried putting it on command prompt and just opened Desktop Icon settings

aero theme doesnt even exist in windows 8.
 

NerferMC

Active Member
The instruction was unclear.

I tried putting it on command prompt and just opened Desktop Icon settings

aero theme doesnt even exist in windows 8.
It also has a partner bsod which was "KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED"
I cant even open the dump file because File explorer is damaged.

Explorer.exe crashes and restart when I open File manager
 

Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
I believe the same command should work on Windows 8 but you may need to look in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes and see what the default theme name is. I don't have any Windows 8/8.1 systems to test on.
 
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