Cannot open Theme Settings, Display Settings, Screen Saver Settings, etc

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by mitcho, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. mitcho

    mitcho Guest

    Hi everyone. new to the forum. Trying to find a solution to my problem

    I have vista ultimate on a DELL XPS laptop

    I have 2 user accounts, both admin.

    The second account i setup today by default had the windows classi
    theme, so i clicked personalize the change it. but to my surprise, whe
    i clicked on the "Theme" link in the personalize menu, nothing happene
    - no popup or error message, literally nothing

    i then tried clicking on display settings, same thing. Same thing fo
    Window Color and Appearance and Screensaver. The only links which wor
    from my personalize menu are "Desktop Background, Sounds and Mous
    Pointers". Same problem happens in the first user account too i checked

    Im running latest version of norton antivirus, and have run a scan wit
    nothing detected

    Any help or fixes would be greatly appreciated. google wasnt my frien
    trying to find a solution for this
    mitcho, Oct 12, 2008
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    owain Guest

    anybody else got any ideas?
    have had the same problem since i got my toshiba laptop about a year
    gonna reformat/install on the weekend anyway, as the discs are at my
    parents house and i keep forgetting to pick them up.
    A few of the control panel options work, but i can't open themes
    Also i can't open control panel from the button on the start menu

    It says it can't find explorer.exe or something

    any help would be great
    owain, Nov 13, 2008
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  3. mitcho

    Spike9458 Guest

    Have you tried running system file checker (sfc)? I was having a
    problem where none of the control panel applets were working,
    including windows update. After running SFC /scannow the problem seems
    to have gone away, as in my control panel applets and windows update
    now work.

    I am just a hack, but plan an hour or so if you do choose to run SFC,
    as it does take a while. If you are not familiar with SFC, google it
    and do a little research on it before running it. FYI it does come
    with windows, and is run in the command line interface.

    Spike9458, Nov 13, 2008
  4. mitcho

    owain Guest

    might give that a go, cheers

    don't i need the windows discs though?
    havn't got anything here with me
    owain, Nov 13, 2008
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