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backups for win7 ultimate x64 by Y-N-1-F backups for win7 ultimate x64 by Y-N-1-F
*Updated: March30, 2012...added several more dll's.

These are a few backups of original, untouched, critical system-files for Windows7 Ultimate x64 (build 6.1.7601)
and should only be used with the same OS.
When I first set my new computer up, these are the backups I made. I realize that this is nowhere close to all the
critical system-files that many themes modify upon install, but they are some of the most common.


1) Explorer.exe (for "C:\Windows")
2) ExplorerFrame.dll (for "C:\Windows\System32" and "C:\Windows\SysWOW64")
3) TaskManager.exe (for "C:\Windows\System32")
4) TimeDate.cpl (for "C:\Windows\System32" and "C:\Windows\SysWOW64")
5) wmploc.dll (for "C:\Windows\System32" and "C:\Windows\SysWOW64")
6) imageres.dll and imagesp1.dll (for "C:\Windows\System32" and "C:\Windows\SysWOW64")
7) shell32.dll and shellstyle.dll (for "C:\Windows\System32" and "C:\Windows\SysWOW64")
8) Notification Tray-ActionCenter, Volume, Net (for "C:\Windows\System32")

***The folders are named "sys32" (for System32) and "syswow" (for SysWOW64), denoting the system-path (folders) into which they
are to be placed for restoration. Please pay close attention to this, so that you don't drop the wrong file into the wrong directory.

***The best method that I've personally found to replace these system-files manually is to first take ownership of the files, then (if you
have RocketDock running) open taskmanager and end the process of explorer.exe. This will cause your taskbar and all open windows to
disappear and close. But, with RocketDock still active, you should be able to open your drives and other folders (if you have links in
your RD for these paths, that is). After you open C:\Windows throgh RocketDock (and also whatever place you have stashed these backups), you
can then re-name the files you wish to replace (examples: rename explorer to "explorer_Old" and TimeDate.dll to "TimeDate.Old", etc), and
copy the backup to that directory. After you're done, just right-click explorer.exe (in C:\Windows) to bring the taskbar and the rest of
your desktop back!

***I am not responsible if you mess up your computer worse by not following my directions correctly, and please
do not ask me to help you with any problems you may run into after or before using these files. That's what Google is for!

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Mazxs Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks Dude.

:) M
extreme2power Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
very nice of you to do this for all of us out there... :winner:
jd2759 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thank you so much! This is really helpful.
Y-N-1-F Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad these helped you!:D
GTK48 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Thanks, But I guess I did this when I did an inplace upgrade.
Y-N-1-F Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ohhhh, OK m8. Sorry it didn't help you.
HiveStyler Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
N1 Dude, really good idea.

/sfc scannow fails and your files prevented me for reinstall so i had to TH'Ya man :D
Y-N-1-F Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yea, just in case....Shouldn't be "too illegal"; no more than including backups with a vs.----
HiveStyler Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
your right...
i forgot ie.the skinpacks also create backups
first think then post :stupidme:
for replacing systemfiles :::System File Replacer::: [link] helps if you dont have a dockbar installed
Y-N-1-F Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You're welcome!----I really need to update these with a lot more system-files, and for all the Win7 versions both x86 and x64. I will before too long. I just hope M$ doesn't come down on me......
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