Has anyone had this problem? My PC worked fine until today. I cannot boot my PC beyond the background. I received this message: Explorer.exe unable to loacate component; This application has failed to start because UxTheme.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.
I know nothing about this dll file. Nor do I know what software uses it. I talked with a Dell technician this afternoon as I could not get it reloaded from the Windows XP PRO CD. He could find nothing on the dll file. Neither could we restore the system via various methods. I was told that I would have to reformat the hard drive and reinstall everything. Not wanting to loose all my data, I started trying to work around the problem. I found that I could run programs using the Task Manager, File, Open. In a Google search for UxTheme, I found several website that referred tot a patch for the file, but none to explain what it is and why I would have it on my PC and why I cannot boot the PC normally.
It appears to me that there should be a way to fix this without reformatting since I can the run the programs and find my data through Task Manager.
Can anyone please help? I would be most thankful!
Message Edited by SandyC on 05-05-2003 09:24 PM
Denny, I was not able to recover the file. I worked with a Dell technician last evening and we finally had to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP. I'm still trying to get my PC configuration back as I had. Sure wish the recovery had worked. Thank you for responding to my inquiry.
The following worked for me. I found it from the www.tek-tips.com website.
Message from tektips copied below:
I have experienced this in my place of work a couple of times, and after some serious head scratching i discovered that the common element was a file called Uxtheme.dll
If you get this file from the net or from another XP machine, copy it to a floppy disk, then start your XP machine in safe mode with a command prompt, then copy the .dll file into the c:\i386 and c:\windows\system32 directories - you should be able to restart your machine as normal - and the problem appears to be solved!
I dont know what causes it, and aint sure if its a permament solution but all I know that it seems to work!
Hope this helps!