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    Thanks Tashi. I'm still subscribed to this...

    Thanks Tashi. I'm still subscribed to this thread.
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    I can't imagine why this was reopened. Unless...

    I can't imagine why this was reopened. Unless there is new information on the last question I asked which was never answered, I have no more avenues to help Millslord.
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    I think we have to say enough then. Either live...

    I think we have to say enough then. Either live with it and whatever other damage may have been done, or uninstall IE7 and restart the system.

    Do your repair install.


    BTW if you ...
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    Did you read about Freecom software in the link I...

    Did you read about Freecom software in the link I gave you and how it monopolizes your system?

    It does auto backup. But you can choose not to do that and do a manual backup on a schedule...
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    Millslord, Did you try it and if so, any...

    Millslord,

    Did you try it and if so, any results?

    Mo
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    I am not sure this is helpful. A repair install...

    I am not sure this is helpful. A repair install is really the best thing. I am not going to be able to continue this much longer, and neither should you.


    Download and install subinacl from: ...
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    The most important thing for you to do, is to...

    The most important thing for you to do, is to decide what you want to run in the background all the time. A lot of programs can be manually started when you choose.


    This entry is for a backup...
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    WE can fool around and remove some registry keys ...

    WE can fool around and remove some registry keys & values which will restore themselves clean without the previous information. In the event of some kind of registry corruption, that would be a last...
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    I'm sorry. I have read your logs. They show no...

    I'm sorry. I have read your logs. They show no restrictions. And they should. IF you took the regmon logs for rundll32.exe when display properties was broken, they should have shown something. But...
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    I have to say that because smitfraudfix does fix...

    I have to say that because smitfraudfix does fix temporarily I have doubts. But your other symptoms are too odd. They don't match. So I really think you may be better served if you remove Service...
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    Ok. That's the correct version. I can't...

    Ok. That's the correct version. I can't remember, did you finally find the dllcache folder?
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    Do you want to give me another day? ...

    Do you want to give me another day?


    Let's see if we can track down your system file protection problem.


    Please go to System32

    Right click on sfc_OS.dll
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    LOL that's good to hear! Yes. Do run...

    LOL that's good to hear!

    Yes. Do run smitfraud. We want to be sure it's all working right before you try to shut down.

    Let me know if that works.


    Good luck.
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    Hi, I somehow missed your response. My...

    Hi,

    I somehow missed your response. My apologies. The bluetooth and phone problem is something I amnot familiar with. That's more of a networking issue. Again, you can alwys try an...
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    My friend, a very respected Expert named Kimberly...

    My friend, a very respected Expert named Kimberly has suggested you try this from Microsoft:

    ...
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    If we continue to get nowhere, I am going to...

    If we continue to get nowhere, I am going to suggest you uninstall Service Pack 2 and then do a repair install of Windows using your original install CD. Do yo have that? IF youy use a restore CD...
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    Hi Millslord, That is showing us nothing....

    Hi Millslord,

    That is showing us nothing. Darn it.

    To double check. You cant change anything in display properties?

    So you do shot1

    Run Smitfraudfix
    Do shot2
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    I use this little utility on my own system. It...

    I use this little utility on my own system. It may not be much help here, but let's give it a try.

    Download Regshot from this link, extract and put it in its own folder. That folder will have two...
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    So then shutting down and restarting themes...

    So then shutting down and restarting themes didn't disable display properties?

    I wonder if you have a problem registering themeui.dll now.

    When Smitfraudfix is run it kills explorer and...
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    Well do one more registry export after you reboot...

    Well do one more registry export after you reboot and know that display properties is broken.
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    Hello Millslord, Thanks for the files....

    Hello Millslord,

    Thanks for the files. We have no added information from them.
    This is quite a mystery. So far there has been no progress.

    Will you do something for me please?

    ...
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    I had a look at your results. You sent me two...

    I had a look at your results. You sent me two searches for Restrictions.

    Please do one for policies and send it.

    Did you do the other where I asked you to look for the .pol files?


    The...
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    You're welcome. Have a good night.

    You're welcome. Have a good night.
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    You use Xp Pro, correct? I do too. Although...

    You use Xp Pro, correct?

    I do too. Although I have nothing showing in my registry regarding any wallpaper policy and can change mine at will, there's something here. A leftover.

    The...
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    Hi, To tell you the truth, I'm baffled. I...

    Hi,

    To tell you the truth, I'm baffled. I have scoured your Regmon and Filemon logs. There is no indication of any restrictions being in place at all. Otherwise I'd say the restrictions have...
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    WE never really did get to the bottom of the...

    WE never really did get to the bottom of the regsvr32 themeui.dll problem.


    You have tried several things which have fixed the changing wallpaper problem. Then after reboot an it's back....
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    That would point to a restriction of some type....

    That would point to a restriction of some type. But I see nothing in your logs. Regmon shows us what keys are accessed. And it does show that Windows is looking for restrictions which it doesn't...
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    I'm not seeing anything in the logs except maybe...

    I'm not seeing anything in the logs except maybe a possible language issue. And I can't test that here.



    Does this folder exist?


    "%USERPROFILE%\Τα έγγραφά μου\Οι εικόνες μου"
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    You sent me two copies of the filemon report by...

    You sent me two copies of the filemon report by mistake. Can you please double check and send me the real Regmon report? Thanks.
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    This has been a long topic. Please be careful to...

    This has been a long topic. Please be careful to do everything and post all results here.

    I'd like to see some registry keys too.

    Download and save the zip. Extract the batch it contains...
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    When you double click on Custom.theme, does it...

    When you double click on Custom.theme, does it open in Display Properties?
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    Let's see if regmon gives us anything. Make...

    Let's see if regmon gives us anything.

    Make sure your dsplay properties doesn't work.


    Then set the Regmons filter to rundll32.exe

    Open display properties and try to change the...
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    Can you please run Filemon according to my last...

    Can you please run Filemon according to my last directions and send me the log?
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    Once I see those Access denied messages we can...

    Once I see those Access denied messages we can check the files and/or folders involved using a tool you already have called cacls.
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    Are you able to delete the custom.theme file? ...

    Are you able to delete the custom.theme file?


    There may be more to it than just ownership. Please give me any and all error messages you get when you try to delete custom.theme

    I...
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    Did you read the entire article? For that...

    Did you read the entire article? For that security tab to show up on files and folders, you have to follow the rest of the directions.
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    That message is important. Because you have the...

    That message is important. Because you have the NTFS file system, file ownership and security comes into play.



    Let's see if you can take ownership of this file:

    C:\Documents and...
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    One more thing. Windows File protection should...

    One more thing. Windows File protection should have warned you that those files were missing when you renamed them and ask for your install CD.

    Let's see if you are missing sfc_os.dll
    Have a...
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    Hi Millslord, I believe you should uninstall...

    Hi Millslord,

    I believe you should uninstall the service pack and then reinstall it for maximum results.

    Can you see what version those files are and then get copies from your SP2 CD or...
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    I want you to follow these instructions I give...

    I want you to follow these instructions I give you one post at a time please.


    Another file, and this is a big one, is uxtheme.dll

    Find it in the system32 folder.

    Rename it as...
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    Will you try something please? I want to have...

    Will you try something please? I want to have File Protection replace another file. This probably won't do it, but it is one we should replace anyway.

    Go to start >Run and type

    Resources...
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    Hi Millslord, You're welcome. Don't...

    Hi Millslord,

    You're welcome.



    Don't leave a dll out on the desktop. Put it in a folder. DO that first and if successful, continue.


    Check to see if you have themeui.dll in system32
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    It would be a good idea to create a new folder...

    It would be a good idea to create a new folder somewhere on your system drive, even the desktop, for reports and apps I'll be asking you to use and generate.

    I know there's a newer utility to...
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    Tomorrow, I'll do some more diagnostics and see...

    Tomorrow, I'll do some more diagnostics and see what files are accessed when I use display properties.

    I take it you still can't register themeui.dll?
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    I'm hoping that File Protection will give you a...

    I'm hoping that File Protection will give you a new copy of themeui.dll from your service pack install files.

    SFC is a good idea. Please go ahead on it. BUT it often doesn't do the trick. So we...
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    You have too many startups. Many are not needed....

    You have too many startups. Many are not needed.

    Plus you're running a service which is notorious for slowing a computer to a crawl.
    The indexing service.
    Let's set it to manual and see if that...
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    Let's try this. Go into system32 and right click...

    Let's try this. Go into system32 and right click on themeui.dll

    Click on rename. Rename it as oldthemeui.dll


    See if that does it.



    Sometimes there's a registry entry preventing ...
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    Let's see if you can repair Internet Explorer. ...

    Let's see if you can repair Internet Explorer. Go to Add Remove programs in control panel

    Find internet Explorer on the list and click
    Remove. If available, 3 options should appear. Select...
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    You had that theme program installed. It might...

    You had that theme program installed.
    It might have replaced files or made changes. There's a lot more we can do before giving up.
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    Try it in Safe mode. The Theme service doesn't...

    Try it in Safe mode. The Theme service doesn't run there.

    I don't see anything to help in your Event Viewer files.

    Although replacing themeui.dll and then registering it again, seems like...
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