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Solved: Vista64 is not Genuine after recovering system files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by nale2221, Apr 30, 2010.

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  1. nale2221

    nale2221 Thread Starter

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    Hello.
    I am new to this forum and i hope I am posting in the right section. I have created this account for the sole purpose with help to this question as I have exhausted my know how with computers as to solving the problem.
    Here's the story.

    Prequel
    Being bored with vista's looks, i decided to grab enigma desktop mod. It's great! now i needed to find a visual style that complimented it. I found the perfect one. double great! Problem: it requires replacing system files in order for it to render properly. The files were as follows.

    browseui.dll
    shell32.dll
    timedate.cpl
    explorer.exe

    Part I: The Work
    The one draw back is that the 64 bit theme required making my own shell32 and timedate via a resource editor. I said "No biggie. I'm pretty beast at this stuff and should be fine doing this." So i used resource hacker, which I think was my first mistake. I replaced the 42 folder in shell32 with one provided and compiled. I replaced the pngs of the white clock on the side bar with ones provided and compiled. I added them to the system32 folder and replaced the other two things. I (luckily) made backups of all the origional files.

    Part II: Problem
    I had made the switches and felt like starting up a program when a message hit me in the face saying "cannot start because we cannot locate shell32.dll" or something of that nature. I thought this was weird. I went to the system32 folder, searched for the shell32.dll which i had already copied into the folder. Nothing. I went back to the source folder to finding still sitting there. I dragged and dropped. The nice little loading bar greeted me, filled up and went away, yet the .dll would not move. I did this about five times before I decided to change to the administrator user. I did this thinking i didn't have the necessary permissions to the system32 folder pertaining to that one file. Opening the new explorer.exe for the first time, i found myself lacking the ability to click anything on my desktop. Icons, start menu, right click, all gone. I called up cmd using task manager and manually moved the little bugger into the system 32 folder via the dos prompt.

    Part III: Reboot
    I hit the power button. (Windows boot sound) "LogonUI.exe failed to manifest because shell32.dll is nowhere to be found. Logging off"

    Part IV: Ubuntu
    I used an ubuntu live cd to replace the bad system files with the ones i backed up. I latter found out that the one i moved into system 32 actually got redirected to syswow64 because reshacker compiled it in 32 bit.

    Part V: Ungenuine success
    Windows is up! Now i have a little thing in the bottom right hand of my screen saying my copy of windows is not genuine.
    So, obviously, I want to make this little thing in the bottom right hand of my screen go away. My question is how?:confused:

    P.S. So far, the fact that vista is not genuine hasn't really done anything, but i would like this resolved all the same.

    ~Nale

    EDIT: I went to windows update to find a window entitled "Welcome to Windows Vista Service Pack 2!" Does anybody recommend updating as a remedy?
     
  2. BillVB

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    Have you tried doing a good old fashioned system restore?
     
  3. nale2221

    nale2221 Thread Starter

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    No I didn't. Fortunately, I didn't have to do anything. I booted it up the next day and the message was gone. Nothing has impacted system performance. Theoretically, I should close the thread. But I would be much more reassured if a guru could tell me why this message up and went so quickly after it appeared.
     
  4. BillVB

    BillVB

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    Okay, good to hear.

    If it's fixed, would you mind marking this post solved?
     
  5. nale2221

    nale2221 Thread Starter

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    nope. =)
     
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