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  • After a restore, the right-click and "save desktop layout" in Computer  icon  item is now not there.

     

    Is there a way to restore that?

    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 12:23 PM

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  • Hi Esrman

     

    I downloaded and tested that file.

     

    I didn't run into any problems placing the dll in the System32 folder or merging the registry file?

     

    You might try moving the registry file to the Desktop and merging it from there. Make sure you are logged on with an Administrator account.

     

    If this doesn't work, try merging it from an elevated command prompt.

     

    Place the registry file on the Desktop.

     

    Go to Start / All Programs / Accessories. Right click the 'Command Prompt' and select 'Run As Administrator'.

    Click 'Continue' on the UAC prompt.

    In the command window, type the following:

     

    cd\users\xxxx\desktop

     

    (Replace xxxx with your user account name)

     

    Press ENTER.

     

    Now type:

     

    layout.reg

     

    Press ENTER.

     

    You should see a 'Open File-Security Warning' dialog box.

    Click the 'Run' button.

    You will see a 'Registry Editor' warning', click 'Yes'.

    A pop up message should show that the registry merge was successful.

     

    Post back with the results.

     


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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Monday, September 1, 2008 11:42 PM
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  • Esrman

     

    That sounds like an option that might have been added by a third party utility or tweak?

     

    I don't see that option anywhere?

     


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    Ronnie Vernon
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    Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:08 AM
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  • Hi,

     

    As this thread has been quiet for a while we will be changing the issue type to ‘Comment’.

     

    If you wish to return to this question you can go ahead and change the type back to ‘Question’. Then you can edit your initial post and change the radio button at the top of the post editor window.

     

    If the issue has been resolved, we’d love to hear your solution. By sharing your experience you can help other community members facing similar problems.

     

    Thanks!

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Monday, September 1, 2008 2:03 AM
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  • I need to know how to make the registry entries merge with the registry,as I can`t do it in Admin mode,safe mode or users mode.

    Monday, September 1, 2008 3:10 AM
  •  esrman wrote:

    I need to know how to make the registry entries merge with the registry,as I can`t do it in Admin mode,safe mode or users mode.

     

    Esrman

     

    Which registry options are referring to?

     

     


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    Ronnie Vernon
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    Monday, September 1, 2008 4:13 AM
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  • The registry entries the program needs to run.

     

    When you open the program zip file,there`s two items.The dll you put in the system32 folder in windows and a file called "layout" that you merge with the registry.

     

    I can`t get it to merge in safe mode,user mode,admin mode.

     

    It tells me it can`t cuz there`s files in use at the present time.

    Monday, September 1, 2008 3:17 PM
  • Hi Esrman

     

    That "files in use" message is displayed to protect the system from corruption when making changes to running processes.

     

    Without knowing exactly which registry entries it changes, it's difficult to advise you on which processes need to be stopped before making the changes.

     

    If you can provide a link to where we can download that zip file, we can take a look at it and possibly provide a way to accomplish this.

     

    Are you sure this file is compatible with Vista?

     

    Let me know.


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    Ronnie Vernon
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    Monday, September 1, 2008 5:03 PM
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  • Monday, September 1, 2008 5:23 PM
  • Hi Esrman

     

    I downloaded and tested that file.

     

    I didn't run into any problems placing the dll in the System32 folder or merging the registry file?

     

    You might try moving the registry file to the Desktop and merging it from there. Make sure you are logged on with an Administrator account.

     

    If this doesn't work, try merging it from an elevated command prompt.

     

    Place the registry file on the Desktop.

     

    Go to Start / All Programs / Accessories. Right click the 'Command Prompt' and select 'Run As Administrator'.

    Click 'Continue' on the UAC prompt.

    In the command window, type the following:

     

    cd\users\xxxx\desktop

     

    (Replace xxxx with your user account name)

     

    Press ENTER.

     

    Now type:

     

    layout.reg

     

    Press ENTER.

     

    You should see a 'Open File-Security Warning' dialog box.

    Click the 'Run' button.

    You will see a 'Registry Editor' warning', click 'Yes'.

    A pop up message should show that the registry merge was successful.

     

    Post back with the results.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message.
    By marking a post as Answered, you help others find the answer faster.


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Monday, September 1, 2008 11:42 PM
    Moderator
  • You are a genius! That worked to perfection.

     

    And when I right-click my Computer Icon the "Save Desktop" and "Restore Desktop" is back in there and it works.

     

    This looks exactly like it used to,so that IS the same  program that came pre-installed .

     

    Thanks so much,you`ve made one old man happy!LOL!

     

    Carry on Vista Soldier.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 5:56 AM
  • Hi Esrman

     

    I'm happy this worked for you. Enjoy.  

     




    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 3:35 PM
    Moderator