Upgraded to MT 2.63 last night and decided to try out a new jive plugin or two.

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Add/Remove Programs won’t work after XP SP 1 – Click HERE for Original Thread

I did a fresh install of Windows XP before installing the new service pack, and everything went smoothly until i ran the new shortcut that lets you edit whether you want to use IE or not, etc. (Sorry for the vagueness, I can’t completely remember what it was called.)

The shortcut didn’t work, saying something about a parser error message. Now when I try to open Add/Remove Programs, I get this:

Parser Message
Value creation failed “” at line 472

I’m not dying to reinstall XP again (i JUST got everything back to normal =), so I was wondering if anyone could give any advice.

Thanks in advance.

(Edited for spelling)

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1.) Go to your /WINDOWS/Resources/Themes directory, or wherever you may have your themes located.
2.) Go into the directory of the theme your currently using.
Example: Using ‘Semplice’ by KoL? Navigate to /WINDOWS/Resources/Themes/Semplice
3.) Go into the folder called ‘Shell” within the previous directory.
4.) Inside you’ll find a folder with a file called ‘shellstyle.dll’ inside. Now remember the name of the theme your using? (Example: Semplice). You need to rename this folder from Shell to the name of the theme your currently using. If you don’t know the exact name, go to Display Properties, and try to Display/Show the theme, the name you see in Display Properties is the name you need to change the ‘Shell’ folder to.
Example: Using Semplice as an example, the Shell folder for that theme is called ‘Shell’, in this situation you’ll need to rename the folder to ‘Semplice’. Easy enough, right?
Note that for multi-part themes, aka themes with more than one variation or color, you’ll need to rename each corresponding ‘Shell’ folder to what is displayed in Display Properties when you try to apply the theme.
5.) Now that you’ve changed the ‘Shell’ folder name to correspond with the visual styles name, reapply the theme.
6.) Go to Add/Remove Programs, and voila! “