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Unfortunatly I'm having to post this for a friend who is unable to access the net from her own computer, she's having the Missing themed32.dll problem which is stopping windows starting up properly. I believe she is running XP and I tried getting her to Task manager run explorer.exe but she is unable to do that (cannont run because of Missing themed32.dll)

any help would be appreciated, can get more information if needed.

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Hello Honk,

This is going to be a bit complicated having you as the "middle-man", but we can give it a try. Make sure your friend is ready to do some moderately advanced XP usage. It is not rocket science, but one has to be precise.

I need your friend to locate the Windows XP o.s. CD and tell me what the label reads on it. We may well need to use this CD at some point, maybe very soon.

One of the things I need to know is: if this is a retail Microsoft CD, or if it is from an OEM factory (like Dell or HP, etc) OR it is just a "Recovery CD" or a "Restore CD".

NOTE: IF your friend cannot manage to get to Task Manager, we will not get very far at all. She could well be looking at having to wipe the HD and reload the system fresh.

See if you can start Task Manager by pressing & holding CTRL-key, then press & hold ALT-key, then press DELete key.

If you get messages regarding missing dll, see if you can press a button on the message-box to get past that.

You will want to print out or copy these instructions to Notepad for offline reference!


If you are a casual viewer, do NOT try this on your system!

If you are not the original poster and have a similar problem, do NOT post here; start your own topic

Do not run or start any other programs while these utilities and tools are in use!

icon_arrow.gif Do NOT run any other tools on your own or do any fixes other than what is listed here.

If you have questions, please ask before you do something on your own.

But it is important that you get going on these following steps.


Close any of your open programs while you run these tools.

DO as much as possible of the following. Provide all details, as appropos, in case something does not work.

If in these processes you cannot download on this system, then use a clean pc to do downloads and save & burn to CD/DVD or copy to a Clean (unused) thumb-flash-USB drive.

When you have Task Manager started, see if you can use (from its menu) File, then New Task (Run) to start programs.

First, one, start C:\Windows\EXPLORER.EXE

does that get your Taskbar and Start menu visible? If so great !!

As you need below, to start Internet Explorer, use Task Manager > New Task > enter IEXPLORE.EXE

Once haing started IE, do this fix:

Disable the options "Automatically detect settings" and "Use automatic configuration script."

To do this:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click "Tools," and then click "Internet Options."

3. Click "Connections," and then click "LAN Settings."

4. Make sure the check boxes for "Automatically detect settings" and "Use automatic configuration script" are not selected.

5. Apply changes & OK

Step 2

1. Go >> Here << and download ERUNT

(ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)

2. Install ERUNT by following the prompts

(use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)

3. Start ERUNT

(either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup)

4. Choose a location for the backup

(the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).

5. Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked

6. Press OK

7. Press YES to create the folder.

Step 3

Set Windows to show all files and all folders.

On your Desktop, double click My Computer, from the menu options, select tools, then Folder Options, and then select VIEW Tab and look at all of settings listed.

"CHECK" (turn on) Display the contents of system folders.

Under column, Hidden files and folders----choose ( *select* ) Show hidden files and folders.

Next, un-check Hide extensions for known file types.

Next un-check Hide protected operating system files.

Step 4

Download & SAVE OTL by OldTimer to your desktop from one of the following links: Link1 or


  • Close all open windows on the Task Bar. Double-click OTL.com (for Vista, right click the icon and Run as Administrator) to start the program.
  • In the lower right corner of the Top Panel, checkmark "LOP Check" and checkmark "Purity Check".
  • Now click Run Scan at Top left and let the program run uninterrupted. It will take about 4 minutes.
  • It will produce two logs for you, one will pop up called OTL.txt, the other will be saved on your desktop and called Extras.txt.
  • Exit Notepad. Remember where you've saved these 2 files as we will need both of them shortly!
  • Exit OTL by clicking the X at top right.

Download Security Check by screen317 and save it to your Desktop: here or here

  • Run Security Check
  • Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the command window.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; close Notepad. We will need this log, too, so remember where you've saved it!

eusa_hand.gifIf one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.

Then copy/paste the following into your post (in order):

  • the contents of OTL.txt
  • the contents of Extras.txt
  • the contents of checkup.txt

Be sure to do a Preview prior to pressing Submit because all reports may not fit into 1 single reply. You may have to do more than 1 reply.

Do not use the attachment feature to place any of your reports. Always put them in-line inside the body of reply.

Edited by Maurice Naggar
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Alright she doesn't seem to have an XP CD, the comp came with it installed and she didn't recieve one, but she is still unable to open Explorer.exe from the task manager and is given this error upon trying

Explorer.exe unable to locate component

this application has failed to start because themed32.dll was not found.

reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

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Have her proceed forward with the next steps. To do as much as possible of them.

We need to get the reports to see what is on the system, so we can diagnose.


Just to be clear: without having the Explorer interface, your friend will have to start Task manager each time we need to run a program.

Task Manager then File >> New Task Run...

Matter of fact, have your friend start Task Manager, and while on the Processes tab, make a list of all the processes running on the system.

and post that in a new reply.

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