Windows 10: Computer won't boot after replacing imageres.dll and shell32.dll Solved

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  1.    12 Sep 2015 #1

    Computer won't boot after replacing imageres.dll and shell32.dll


    Hello everyone, I am in desperate need of help. I hated Windows 10's icons so i tried replacing them with copies from Windows 8.1, the copy succeeded but when i tried to boot back into Windows it got stuck at the loading screen and kept flashing repeatedly, can you please help? FYI, I do have a backup of the original files, I just can't find a way to restore them.
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  2. Posts : 8,166
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       13 Sep 2015 #2

    If you have system protection turned on, you may be able to restore it to a time before you made the changes.
    System Restore Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    You may also be able to do it from the installation disk. Just click through, like you were going to install Windows, when you get to the screen that says where do you want to install windows, vlivk advanced options, then Load Drivers. It will show you every hard drive in your system. You can use that to copy/paste whatever you want. Then back out and do not install windows.

    You can do the same thing with a Live Linux CD/USB drive.
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  3.    13 Sep 2015 #3

    essenbe said: View Post
    If you have system protection turned on, you may be able to restore it to a time before you made the changes.System Restore Windows 10 - Windows 10 ForumsYou may also be able to do it from the installation disk. Just click through, like you were going to install Windows, when you get to the screen that says where do you want to install windows, vlivk advanced options, then Load Drivers. It will show you every hard drive in your system. You can use that to copy/paste whatever you want. Then back out and do not install windows.You can do the same thing with a Live Linux CD/USB drive.
    Thank you for the help, but the problem is getting the computer to recognize and boot from the USB stick or DVD.
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  4. Posts : 8,166
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       13 Sep 2015 #4

    If you have a UEFI BIOS, you may have to disable Secure Boot to boot from a USB. I believe HP's one time boot menu is the Escape key. Or you will need to go into bios and change the boot order an put the USB as first boot device.
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  5.    13 Sep 2015 #5

    ESC doesn't work, just keeps on booting.
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  6. Posts : 8,166
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       13 Sep 2015 #6

    Then boot into BIOS and change the boot order to boot from your USB first and hard drive second.
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  7.    13 Sep 2015 #7

    essenbe said: View Post
    Then boot into BIOS and change the boot order to boot from your USB first and hard drive second.
    How do I boot into the BIOS on this computer?
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  8. Posts : 14,874
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       13 Sep 2015 #8

    Startrek852 said: View Post
    How do I boot into the BIOS on this computer?
    Let it crash & burn a few times and you may be able to get into UEFI:
    Just start Windows let it go a bit, then press the shutdown button on the PC. After about 3 times in a row, it should send you to the UEFI options menu.
    If that doesn't work spamming(repeatedly pressing) F1 or F2 usually get's you into BIOS.


    I have one question though, when you added the Win 8 icon .DLL's, did you take ownership or Win10's and rename to imageres.old and shell32.old, then import the new ones?
    Last edited by Cliff S; 13 Sep 2015 at 02:33. Reason: Added question
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  9. Posts : 8,166
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       13 Sep 2015 #9

    Good idea Cliff. or he could just read the his manual.
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  10. Posts : 14,874
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       13 Sep 2015 #10

    essenbe said: View Post
    Good idea Cliff. or he could just read the his manual.
    Good morning Steve, yup, the manuals these days are wanting, but, they do usually show the very basics, specially the F & FN keys. When theming goes south on me, I use the crash & burn method to get into UEFI and boot another OS and choose the Macrium recovery boot option(it's on the free version now too).
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