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Shell32.dll in use how to overwrite?

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Grfx Guru

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#1
Hi everyone,

This is driving me nuts, I know that I should know how to do this. But I've changed icons in shell32.dll and whatever I try I cannot over write the file as it complains about being in use, I've tried safemode and such like still no luck. Normally I'd just boot with a floppy and try overwriting it that way but it is on an ntfs partition and all my floppy boots don't see it.

My question, how do I overwrite the file or make it so the system ain't using it for me to overwrite it?

Many thanks, and I know it's a real no brainer of a question, but I don't know the answer :) apologies if it's the wrong forum.

XP system b.t.w

thanks!
 
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brian0918

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#2
That's weird, I was just encountering the same problem doing the same thing 5 minutes ago. Here's what I found that worked:

1. Make a copy of the original shell32.dll
2. Make your icon changes in the copy
3. Save the copy
4. In Safemode Rename shell32.dll to something else
5. Rename the copy to shell32.dll

I don't understand why it doesn't let you make changes to the file or delete it, but you can rename it... probably some added security they put in at the last minute... no clue.
 
G

Grfx Guru

Guest
#3
Thanks brian0918, that did the trick. How strange, appreciate ya taking the time to help me.
 
T

theone1

Guest
#4
speaking of icons,how can i change my 'show desktop' icon?

i changed it in both shell32.dll and explorer but the icon in the quick launch bar is still the same!
 

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
#7
Re: Re: Shell32.dll in use how to overwrite?

Posted by brian0918 1. Make a copy of the original shell32.dll
2. Make your icon changes in the copy
3. Save the copy
4. In Safemode Rename shell32.dll to something else
5. Rename the copy to shell32.dll
Will this work>
Change the name of the already hacked shell32.dll. Then do step 4 & 5?
 
G

Grfx Guru

Guest
#8
Hipster, it worked for me. I just renamed it then copied over a new shell32.dll and rebooted. After a quick refresh of the cache everything looked rather cool :)
 

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