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15 Mar 2010  

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

The Taskbar color cannot be changed directly if Aero is disabled.
But it can be done with some resource tweaking, check the tutorial here
Taskbar - Customize Skin
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