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  • Currently using Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1. 

    I am trying to change my display preferences to the Windows Classic Color Scheme via Personalize|Windows Color and Appearance|Open classic appearance properties for more color options, but all I see for available Color Schemes are Windows Aero and Windows Vista Basic

    When I go to c:/windows/resources/themes, I see among others, both Windows Classic.theme as well as Windows Classic(old).theme. If I click on either of these and try to apply them, I get the message, "The visual styles could not be applied. The system cannot find the file specified." 

    What is the missing file(s), and can I download them from somewhere? I know just enough to be dangerous, so please be specific in your instructions.

    Thanks in advance,  Jim In SC

    Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:21 PM


  • Hi JimInSc, thanks for the post. Based on the symptom, this issue can be caused by corrupted or missing system files. I suggest you first perform the following steps to troubleshoot it:


    Use the System File Checker (SFC) to scan system files


    The System File Checker tool enable an administrator to scan all protected files to verify their versions. To do so, follow these steps:


    1. Click "Start", type "CMD" (without quotation marks) in the "Start Search" box. Right click on the "CMD.exe" file, choose "Run as Administrator"

    2. Copy and paste "SFC /Scannow" (without quotation marks) in the "Open" box, and click "OK".


    Note: There is a SPACE between "SFC" and "/Scannow", this command will take several minutes to complete and may require access to the Windows installation source files.


    You can also refer to the following link for detailed information:


    Using System File Checker (SFC) To Fix Issues



    Hope this helps!
    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6:51 AM