Cannot access Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel

  [DELETED] 00:33 03 Dec 2003

When trying to open Add/Remove Programs on Control Panel, an error message pops up:
Parser Message - Value creation failed at line 472.
Any explanation and how to rectify would be very helpful.

  [DELETED] 00:49 03 Dec 2003

I found this explanation and cure, but not sure if I understand it. I have not tried this myself, but it says it's fixed many others with the same problem. j.


Fixing the dreaded "Parser Message: Value creation failed " at line 472" error.

This is a problem with the file shellstyle.dll, which is included in most visual styles. Use the following steps to fix the problem:

1.) Go to your /WINDOWS/Resources/Themes directory, or wherever you may have your themes located.

2.) Go into the directory of the theme your currently using.

Example: Using 'Semplice' by KoL? Navigate to /WINDOWS/Resources/Themes/Semplice

3.) Go into the folder called 'Shell" within the previous directory.

4.) Inside you'll find a folder with a file called 'shellstyle.dll' inside. Now remember the name of the theme your using? (Example: Semplice). You need to rename this folder from Shell to the name of the theme your currently using.

If you don't know the exact name, go to Display Properties, and try to Display/Show the theme, the name you see in Display Properties is the name you need to change the 'Shell' folder to.
Example: Using Semplice as an example, the Shell folder for that theme is called 'Shell', in this situation you'll need to rename the folder to 'Semplice'. Easy enough, right?

Note that for multi-part themes, aka themes with more than one variation or color, you'll need to rename each corresponding 'Shell' folder to what is displayed in Display Properties when you try to apply the theme.

5.) Now that you've changed the 'Shell' folder name to correspond with the visual styles name, reapply the theme.

6.) Go to Add/Remove Programs, and voila!

  [DELETED] 08:54 03 Dec 2003

Thanks again, Djohn.

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