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I know this is going to sound stupid, but due to a faulty RAM module, my Windows 7 x64 crashed with a blue screen, and after reboot, my theme was lost. Sadly, I can't seem to figure out how to get it back: it seems to me that Aero is disabled, but switching to an Aero theme doesn't change the horrible appearance of my windowing system.

I tried to use the system restoration tool, but it failed - and now it seems that I don't have any valid restoration points either.

This is what my theme looks like:

This is what my theme looks like.

If anyone has a clue about what's going on with this computer, it'd be much appreciated.

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Perhaps your graphics drivers got corrupted in the fail - perhaps re-install. – Paul Jan 8 '12 at 13:17
Re-install... what? – Executifs Jan 8 '12 at 14:08
Re-install.. Windows of course. – m0skit0 Jan 8 '12 at 14:18
Could you open an elevated Command Prompt and try running sc start themes? – grawity Jan 8 '12 at 14:35
@grawity The service is already running. – Executifs Jan 8 '12 at 14:41
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It's either 1. your video drivers got corrupted when you had the blue screen or 2. Windows files related to displaying the aero style got corrupted.

First try reinstalling your video drivers, if that does not fix your problem, reinstall the operating system.

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I'll do that then. I was hoping this could be solved through configuration. Thanks for your advice. – Executifs Jan 8 '12 at 16:48

Have you run the System File Checker (SFC.EXE) This can assist in recovering corrupt files after a crash or other event This can often avoid a re-install of the OS.

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The service can't be started :( – Executifs Jan 8 '12 at 14:17
The Sytem File Checker is not a servcie but an application. Do you mean you cannot run the program? It is located (usually) windows\system32 – Dave M Jan 8 '12 at 21:16

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