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QuickFrame - the tool for replacing ExplorerFrame by Pichu-B QuickFrame - the tool for replacing ExplorerFrame by Pichu-B
Fixes a minor bug; adds the debugging info screen (next to my logo). Please include the information listed there when screaming 'bug, bug'!

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This utility allows you to quickly and effectively replace "Explorerframe.dll". Some of you may know of it, some may not; in short Explorerframe.dll is responsible for the back/forward buttons in Windows Explorer and gives just that finishing touch when customizing themes.

QuickFrame takes away all the pain of manually modifying the file - and it gets even better when you have many, many theme files to choose from. No more messing with "taking ownership", no more file renaming, no more headaches about which file is for which themes - QuickFrame provides previews for you.

So how does it work? It looks in a folder, specified with DLL Search Location (on the right side of the screen. I place my DLL's in system32, but you might as well put them in your Documents folder), and finds all DLL files that match the specified pattern (as specified in DLL Search Pattern). The default is "explorerframe_*", but of course you can modify this to suit your needs. You can (must) use * as a wildcard to find all files you need.

Then, from the files QuickFrame has found, just pick one and apply it. There, you're done!

This Windows 7 customization tool was brought to you by Pichu-B, as requested by Tintinytdj. Have fun!

Make sure you run the program as Administrator. I cannot guarantee that the program always succeeds to replace your system files, nor can I guarantee that it works on all system models and types. Always keep a backup ready - preferably one outside of QuickFrame as well! Use at your own risk!

In this screenshot: The Windows theme used is Soft7 2.0 by ap-graphik. The Explorerframe preview (frame_obsidian.dll) is part of the Obsidian theme, by snipes2.
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Aydoooo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
So this program just fucked up my entire system. I made a backup and then replaced my explorerframe.dll. Nothing happened. So I pressed on "Revert to backup" and now whenever I start my PC all I get is an error message saying that EXPLORERFRAME.dll is missing.
Pichu-B Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you make sure you ran the program as administrator (being an admin yourself is not enough, you explicitly have to give it admin rights with rightclick > run as administrator)? Windows is likely to mess with the program / reject its changes if it was unable to obtain all required privileges.

If all else fails, you can use the command prompt to manually restore your backup. It's 'explorerframe.quickframebackup' in your system32 or SYSWOW64 folder. Simply copy/rename the file to 'explorerframe.dll' and you should be fine.
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Pichu-B Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to hear that.
Windows tends to reject the edits the program tries to make, for obvious reasons. I'm not entirely sure what's causing it, aside from the user not having top-level administrator priviledges, or if I can even do something about it; it appears to be semi-random on a system-by-system case.
If you made a backup, you can restore it manually using the instructions above your own comment.
Jorgesus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014…

Use that link ,if you couldn't restore the backup, It worked for me, and hope maybe in a future instance of this program I'll be able to use it.
DarthWound Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Using Win7 x64 SP1, I have to say that it works fine for me.

First, I thought it wasn't working, but after logout/login the session, the new explorerframe was displayed. So, if you don't see any changes, remember to logout or reboot.

And of course, run as administrator.

Well, thanks a lot Pichu-B :)
spyke180 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Very useful, Thanks!
MAxPayne112 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
da prgm is its not even opening
MinusAnima Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
like this, and am very interested in using it, but I had a system error on first use.

went with explorer frames for a theme I recently downloaded from another reputable artist. the explorer buttons showed up and previewed fine. upon applying the changes however, explorer crashed, and put forth an error message stating that my EXPLORER.DLL did not exist, and that reinstalling the program might fix the problem. I got back on my feet in a few minutes via a system restore point, kinda predicted hitting a wall somewhere during themepatching here. I'm running windows 7 home ver. service pack 1, 64 bit version. the file I wanted to switch to is just called explorerframe.dll, maybe the fact that it's the same filename as the default causes a problem?

anyway, consider this at your leisure and lemme know if you have any ideas. GREAT app in theory here, I'll definitely use if I can get it working. thanks!
Pichu-B Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
QuickFrame does not touch explorer.dll at all, so that would have been another program.
If you meant explorerframe.dll: Make sure that you are running QuickFrame as a System Administrator at all times, because it (obviously) edits system files and normally Windows doesn't quite like that. Also make sure that the explorerframe.dll file you are installing is compatible with your system. That means: same bit depth (do not mix 32 and 64 bit files), same Windows edition. The fact that both files have the same name shouldn't pose a problem at all, but I recommend you rename your custom file for clarity purposes. It would make configuring the DLL file searcher easier, anyway.
On a side note; QuickFrame has only been tested on my own 32-bit Windows 7 system, and the only people experiencing trouble are using a 64-bit operating system. Please make sure to always keep a backup at hand (e.g. copy the system default explorerframe.dll to another safe location) because this tool is highly experimental in nature.
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