I followed the link. the first method recommened that i download something called Topckit system analizer which appeared kinda suspect to me. Additionally, once it scanned my laptop it came up with nearly 400 errors and of course indicated that i needed to purchase the program to clean the errors. i cancelled it.
I fixed the issue but it didn't fix the problem i thought it would fix. My desktop has drop shadows that i cannot disable for the life of me.
I tried accessing system properties -> advanced tab -> settings and unchecked use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop. Nothing happened. i tried unchecking and rechecking "Use visual styles on windows and buttons", still nothing. I also tried accessing display properties, desktop tab (this is where i was having the CSCDLL.dll issue that you just fixed)clicking on color but still nothing. Any idea how i can fix this?