*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!