Over the last 7 days I had some blue screen errors. I attempted 2 system restores but both failed. A third attempt did restore the system but with one remaining, niggling, problem: I have lost my Windows XP theme and am stuck with the Windows Classic theme only.
To be clear, under “DISPLAY PROPERTIES – Appearance I’m only offered Windows Classic style under Windows & Buttosn. Under “DISPLAY PROPERTIES – Theme I’m offered My Current Theme, Windows Classic, More themes online & Browse.
Under Control Panel I’m NOT offered the Appearance & Themes option. Viewing SERVICES does show that the Themes service is running. I did attempt to stop and restart this service but this failed with an “Error 1503: Cannot Stop Service. Service did not stop in a timely fashion.
Searching the Windows folder for *.theme files there’s only the luna theme and windows classic theme.
More information: once the system was successfully restored I ran a successful system file check (sfc). The blue screen error I have resolved was NO_MORE_IRP_STACK_LOCATIONS.
The system seems to be running well in all other respect.
What I want to do is reinstate APPEARANCE & THEMES under Control Panel and return the WINDOWS XP theme. Also, I wont to avoid a Windows Repair as I believe (please correct me if I'm wrong) that I'd need to reinstall SP1 afterwards....and I want to avoid upsetting my system too much!!
Can anyone help, please?!
PC Details: Windows XP (SP1), AMD ATHLON 2000 (1.67GHz), 512Mb RAM, ATI RADEON 7000 (latest Catalyst driver), AVG Anti-Virus, ZoneAlarm