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18 Aug 2010   #1

Win 7 Pro X64
 
 
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Hi All,

I Have Win 7 of Course or i wouldnt be on this forum im sick of the ugly white back drop in my start menu I want to know how i can change it WITHOUT the use of 3rd party apps thanks in advance

Abraham

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18 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

This question's been asked quite a bit, and plenty of times it's gone unanswered. If I remember right, you will have to use a 3rd party app, called Resource Hacker (it's free). You'd edit something in the Explorer.exe file, I think, but I have no idea where in the file you'd have to edit.
I'd think a theme designer would come around and help you with what resource needs edited, exactly.
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18 Aug 2010   #3

Win7 HP 64bit
 
 

You have to edit some of the png image files in the *.msstyles file. Which ones I don't know. You can edit the file with ResHack but I would recommend using a Resource Extractor software (do a google for "software to extract resources from system files") to put all of the resources in a folder as it's easier to browse.
Don't expect the png image to be obvious as to what it is though.

This >> << is one for the taskbar at full size!!

EDIT This is your lucky day. I've found the msstyles image .png file numbers you need to modify.

Main white area: 809, 811, 812, 815
All programs area: 806, 807, 817
Separators : 810, 816
Search area : 805, 813, 814

Hope that helps a bit.
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18 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Well lookit that. I oughta save that somewhere, actually...
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18 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billynomates View Post
You have to edit some of the png image files in the *.msstyles file. Which ones I don't know. You can edit the file with ResHack but I would recommend using a Resource Extractor software (do a google for "software to extract resources from system files") to put all of the resources in a folder as it's easier to browse.
Don't expect the png image to be obvious as to what it is though.

This >> << is one for the taskbar at full size!!

EDIT This is your lucky day. I've found the msstyles image .png file numbers you need to modify.

Main white area: 809, 811, 812, 815
All programs area: 806, 807, 817
Separators : 810, 816
Search area : 805, 813, 814

Hope that helps a bit.
Also, some of the color is not an image but rather color properties. If I'm not mistaken, the All Programs and or an active All Programs Folder
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18 Aug 2010   #6

Win7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greg S View Post
Also, some of the color is not an image but rather color properties. If I'm not mistaken, the All Programs and or an active All Programs Folder
I think it's the active All Programs, needs a hex edit, beyond me!!
I wonder if it's different if you are set to "hover" not "click" the All Programs
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18 Aug 2010   #7

Win 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billynomates View Post
You have to edit some of the png image files in the *.msstyles file. Which ones I don't know. You can edit the file with ResHack but I would recommend using a Resource Extractor software (do a google for "software to extract resources from system files") to put all of the resources in a folder as it's easier to browse.
Don't expect the png image to be obvious as to what it is though.

This >> << is one for the taskbar at full size!!

EDIT This is your lucky day. I've found the msstyles image .png file numbers you need to modify.

Main white area: 809, 811, 812, 815
All programs area: 806, 807, 817
Separators : 810, 816
Search area : 805, 813, 814

Hope that helps a bit.
Where Can I find .msstyles i scoured my C: but Nothing was there Confused MUCH???
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18 Aug 2010   #8

Win 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billynomates View Post
You have to edit some of the png image files in the *.msstyles file. Which ones I don't know. You can edit the file with ResHack but I would recommend using a Resource Extractor software (do a google for "software to extract resources from system files") to put all of the resources in a folder as it's easier to browse.
Don't expect the png image to be obvious as to what it is though.

This >> << is one for the taskbar at full size!!

EDIT This is your lucky day. I've found the msstyles image .png file numbers you need to modify.

Main white area: 809, 811, 812, 815
All programs area: 806, 807, 817
Separators : 810, 816
Search area : 805, 813, 814

Hope that helps a bit.
Where Can i find the .msstyles in My windows directory
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18 Aug 2010   #9

Win7 HP 64bit
 
 

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes I'd choose aero.msstyles, copy it to somewhere safe and mess about with that one, not any of the actual files in the resources folder
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19 Aug 2010   #10

Win 7 Pro X64
 
 

Thanks Guys Such a big help
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