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How do I restore my explorerframe. without explorer access

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    How do I restore my explorerframe. without explorer access


    Hello. This is my very first post and I apologise if I have somehow broken rules I am unaware of. I will do my best to be brief and descriptive.

    Today I decided I wanted to upload some custom themes to my windows 8 installation. So far so good. Then I decided I wanted to overwrite the explorerframe.dll file found in System32 and another Sys-something folder the name of which I cant remember with files found in the theme. I backed up my explorerframe.dll files by renaming them to explorerframebackup.dll.

    I restart and I log on, to see a dark screen with my mouse cursor. Nothing else. I only have access totask manager by clicking Ctrl Alt Del and to Services, which I can access from there as well.

    I reaize I have done something rash and stupid without researching the matter as much as I should have. I am terribly sorry to wate your time with my stuff, and I wouldnt be bothering eightforums if I didnt desperately need help.
    My coursework is on my PC and other important documents. However, it isnt really that. Incredibly dear personal letters are on my hard as well and losing them would devastate me. I know I deserve this for being stupid, but I humbly ask for help.

    As I said, I only have access to Task Manager. Maybe I have access to something else but I havent figured it out yet. The windows start button doesnt respond as well.

    Please, could anyone help me to atleast save my files?
    Thank you for taking the time to read. I will provide whatever information I can.
    Last edited by borg123; 12 Mar 2014 at 11:30. Reason: details

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Open Task manager.

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    Type in rstrui.exe to open system restore, IF you have a restore point to before the problem occured.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Hello! Thank you so much for replying. I hate to trouble you more, but upon logging in I now get this error:

    The boot configuration data file is missinf some required information.
    File \BCD
    Error code. 0xc0000034

    I managed to get to the command prompt somehow, but I never changed any settings. I thought that via the commans line i would be able to somehow restore the files.

    Right now, I dont even get to the boot screen. Can I please ask you for help?
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by borg123 View Post
    Hello! Thank you so much for replying. I hate to trouble you more, but upon logging in I now get this error:

    The boot configuration data file is missinf some required information.
    File \BCD
    Error code. 0xc0000034

    I managed to get to the command prompt somehow, but I never changed any settings. I thought that via the commans line i would be able to somehow restore the files.

    Right now, I dont even get to the boot screen. Can I please ask you for help?
    Maybe downloading a windows ISO & putting it on usb would work.Someone else will have to help you with that.

    Or order recovery disks.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    I can access the BIOS settings and that is about everything it is letting me do. I don't have a propper restore point, Im afraid.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by borg123 View Post
    I can access the BIOS settings and that is about everything it is letting me do. I don't have a propper restore point, Im afraid.
    Order recovery disks from the factory.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Do you mean recovery disks from the factory which made my laptop or from Microsoft? Is rhere nothing else whoch can be done, my friend?
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  8. #8


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by borg123 View Post
    Do you mean recovery disks from the factory which made my laptop or from Microsoft? Is rhere nothing else whoch can be done, my friend?
    From the maker of your computer, not Microsoft.

    Unless somebody has a better idea,Get the disks.

    I bought mine & they are a godsend.
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