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Windows Vista Error: rundll32.exe causing Windows Vista Theme to default to Windows 2000 theme. Quick Fix!

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Windows Vista defaulting to a Windows 2000 theme along with a nice error box that says "rundll32.exe"?

This is a pretty well known error with Windows Vista that will throw a error of "rundll32.exe" along with some other random symptoms such as your default Windows theme going to a Windows 2000 Theme, and even some or all of your Desktop items disappearing! This can also happen when making any kind of changes related to anything to do with changing settings to anything theme related in Windows Vista.

Luckily the fix for this can take only seconds to fix and doesn't require any computer knowledge at all. Simply follow the instructions listed below and you *should* be all set.

1.) Click on [Start]
2.) In the [Search] bar, type in: cmd
3.) Click [Enter] on your keyboard, or [OK].
4.) When the black command prompt window comes up, please do nothing but type in the following command:

sfc /scannow

Then click the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

5.) This system scan will take some time to complete, even up to 45 minutes depending on the amount of data on your computer and your computers speed and overall performance.
6.) After the scan has reported that everything is complete, you will need to then reboot your computer unless Windows does it for you. This may vary from system to system.
7.) After your computer comes back up from the reboot, you should be all set. If your still having issues with anything related to your Windows Vista Themes, or Vista Error rundll32.exe, please create a free account post a thread for help in our forums.

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Hi, I tried to follow your instructions but got a message that I had to be in Administor mode to proceed. New to Vista so not sure now what to do to run the scan. Thanks.

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switch users

You'll need to change users when you log onto your computer to do it as the administrator account, or the first account that was created in Windows Vista then. When your on your computer, you'll click on [Log Off], and then re-log back on with the admin user. Once you are logged in as the admin user you can run the scan from that account, or you can setup your other accounts to be administrators as well in control panel -> user management.