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« on: October 12, 2004, 05:47:48 PM »

I recently had a virus on my computer, which i deleted. Somehow, in the midst of it all, my Windows XP theme was changed to the Windows Classic. So when i went to change it back, in my Display Properties, there wasn't even a 'Windows XP style' theme in the drop down menu. So i went Google searching. I found out that my Theme service may be disabled. So in run i typed "services.msc", and looked for 'Theme' in the services list, but it wasn't there. So now, where i am at is: I got the Windows XP theme back on the dropdown list, but when i select it, it tells me to enable my Theme service, which isn't there.  Any help would be appreciated to revert back to my old theme. I miss it dearly Grin.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2004, 06:24:08 PM »

What happens if you go through:
Start->run, type in the run box cmd {hit Enter}
Then in the command box that opens, you type NET START Themes /y {hit Enter}

Does this start the Themes service?
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2004, 08:24:24 PM »

it says:

"The service name is invalid.
More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2185."
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004, 08:26:39 PM »

when i typed in 'NET HELPMSG 2185' it said this:

"Check the spelling of the service name or check the configuration information for the service using the Services option from Server Manager."

Any ideas? =\
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2004, 08:38:19 PM »

The event id for that message means that the service is invalid, as I had suspected already. Okay, something has uninstalled your Themes service. The only way I know of how to get a Windows service back so a layman can follow it, is by repairing Windows XP. That is, if going back to an earlier Restore Point doesn't work. (I ahven't asked you yet if you have tried that yet, so have you? Wink)

If you think it's such a usefull service and you do not mind reinstalling a Service Pack afterwards, plus probably your DirectX version and some other drivers, the XP Repair Install Option is the way to follow.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2004, 12:38:10 AM »

i thought of that, but i dont have an XP disk for a repair (got XP from a teaher at school in a Cisco class i took [MSDN, its legal lol]) anyways, my most recent restore points are the past 3 days from spybot s&d, when the themes service was already missing. =( thanks though.
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2004, 02:31:57 PM »

Hi, I'm having the same problem..

I've tried everything but still Theme-service missing and im stucked with windows-classic style.

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2004, 10:33:27 PM »

Heb jij al een Windows Reparatie Installatie uitgevoerd? Wink
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2004, 03:06:46 PM »

Mijn xpcd is uitgeleend en kan er onmogelijk aan komen de komende 2 weken. Kan wel even kijken of ik ergens anders een cd kan lenen..is er geen andere optie?Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2004, 05:36:49 PM »

Niet dat ik weet. Dat heb ik boven in het Engels ook al uitgelegd.
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