How to Extract & Create Windows Shell32.dll


Shell32.dll is a library file that needs to be extracted, created and replaced to install shell themes on your Windows operating system. While you may use the graphical user interface (GUI) method to perform this task, you should use the Windows Command Prompt to deal with this library file. Note that you will need administrative rights to complete this task.

  • Click the "Start" menu, type "CMD" (without the quotes) and press the "Enter" key to launch your Command Prompt.

  • Type "cd C:/Windows/system32" (without the quotes) at the prompt and press "Enter."

  • Type "TAKEOWN /f shell32.dll" (without the quotes) and press "Enter." This command gives you ownership to the library file.

  • Type "ICACLS shell32.dll /grant username:F" (without the quotes). Replace "username" with your username. Press "Enter."

  • Type "rename shell32.dll shell32.dll.backup" (without the quotes) at the prompt. This will rename the library file.

  • Type "copy shell32.dll C:\Windows\system32" (without the quotes) at the prompt and press "Enter." This will extract and copy the library file in the System32 folder.

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