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26 Apr 2013   #101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

you're right about the reflection. it's gone now, after i switched to another skin and back.

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for the progress bar, we've tried to change it to blue before but ran into trouble. you can see our attempts with screenshots starting in page 1 of this topic. so i'm wondering if you've figured out how to do it yet?

here's one of the screenshots from page 1...



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26 Apr 2013   #102

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
you're right about the reflection. it's gone now, after i switched to another skin and back.

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for the progress bar, we've tried to change it to blue before but ran into trouble. you can see our attempts with screenshots starting in page 1 of this topic. so i'm wondering if you've figured out how to do it yet?

here's one of the screenshots from page 1...
Ya I just looked back and no I have not got it any better sorry.

Jerry
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20 May 2013   #103

windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 
Make my Win7 Pro look exactly like WinXP Did

[QUOTE=Bongo;1358415]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
Windows 7's default UI customization feature set is lacking and incomplete. Any apps that can solve this?

Personally, I would be interested in an app for Windows 7 that will allow changing the "glow" color around the text of windows' titles. Because I use a dark theme and the current unchangeable white glow clashes with my dark theme. I would like to be able to set that glow to black and my windows’ title text to white.

...

I have done some of that for others see here How do i remove the windows title text "bloom" effect in Windows 7?
Let me know if I can help.
Jerry

You say you can make the Windows 7 Aero theme look different. Let me explain my problem: like many folks, I am having problems with the new Windows 7 style for everything, by that I mean all the visual aspects of the PC, text, window colors, fonts, etc. My vision is not what it used to be, and I especially have problems with the "washed out" styles in everything (Windows and other 3rd party software) nowadays. Sometimes I cannot read what is on a screen at all, mainly due to the lack of contrast and the ultra-thin font styles used now (for example, I could not see anything on the default Windows 7 logon screen until I found an app that let me change it to a different darker blue background color -- whoever at MS that thought white text on a whitish background was "cool" for everybody in the world was a moron :=) ).

Much of the same applies to just about all the software nowadays. I have switched to the Aero theme, customized it via the Personilization tools to be at least somewhat legible for me. I have disabled all of the Windows 7 fancy visual effects etc. I have installed IE 10 and use my own CSS with that, but even there I sometimes cannot see the pages good, especially the pages/frames etc. that do not allow CSS adjeustments.

Many times the problem is that if, say, I change a style background from white to something like gray, then the text will not display at all on that page due to color problems or whatever.

A specific example of the visual problems: I use Acronis True Image as my backup software application. When I got my Windows 7 Pro machine, I upgraded from TI ver 11 to the latest Acronis TI ver 2013. Well, the style was so different that it wasas good as invisible to me, I could not even see the text on the screens due to the ultra-thin washed out colors and fonts. I had to go back to my ver 11 to be able to use it with my Windows 7 PC (which works fine, anyway, and is the versionI used with XP and no visual problems at all).

It is not that I need everything magnified. I can see fine when I use the default hi-contrast theme. But that theme does not work on 3rd party software most of the time. Nevertheless I use the HC theme most of the time I am on my PC, because it is easier for me to see, but of course it has its own limitations too.

I even bought the entire Stardock customization package, hoping to use the custom themes etc. to fix things, but it did not work at all for my needs. The custom themes out there are mostly just as bad for me as t5he native Windows 7 themes, and I would not even attempt to make my own cutom theme, it would be a disaster.

What I need is **native** WinXP Pro styles on everything, provided I can adjust that like I could on my ol;d XP Pro system using the built in WinXP customization for colors and text settings etc. So do you think you could design a true WinXP-stle theme that would work for me? If so, how much would that cost? I don't need anything other than what Windows XP itself had AFA icons, graphics, buttons, scroll bars, etc.

I really want a Windows 7 Pro system that looks and feels identiocal to how XP Pro looked. Is that possible? Or is there some app out there (not a custome theme thing, but just something that allows changing Windows 7 itself) that would resolve my problems so that I can actually enjoy using my PC again?


Pete Barnes
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20 May 2013   #104

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

[QUOTE=pete barnes;2404353]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TsunamiZ View Post
Windows 7's default UI customization feature set is lacking and incomplete. Any apps that can solve this?

Personally, I would be interested in an app for Windows 7 that will allow changing the "glow" color around the text of windows' titles. Because I use a dark theme and the current unchangeable white glow clashes with my dark theme. I would like to be able to set that glow to black and my windows’ title text to white.

...

I have done some of that for others see here How do i remove the windows title text "bloom" effect in Windows 7?
Let me know if I can help.
Jerry

You say you can make the Windows 7 Aero theme look different. Let me explain my problem: like many folks, I am having problems with the new Windows 7 style for everything, by that I mean all the visual aspects of the PC, text, window colors, fonts, etc. My vision is not what it used to be, and I especially have problems with the "washed out" styles in everything (Windows and other 3rd party software) nowadays. Sometimes I cannot read what is on a screen at all, mainly due to the lack of contrast and the ultra-thin font styles used now (for example, I could not see anything on the default Windows 7 logon screen until I found an app that let me change it to a different darker blue background color -- whoever at MS that thought white text on a whitish background was "cool" for everybody in the world was a moron :=) ).

Much of the same applies to just about all the software nowadays. I have switched to the Aero theme, customized it via the Personilization tools to be at least somewhat legible for me. I have disabled all of the Windows 7 fancy visual effects etc. I have installed IE 10 and use my own CSS with that, but even there I sometimes cannot see the pages good, especially the pages/frames etc. that do not allow CSS adjeustments.

Many times the problem is that if, say, I change a style background from white to something like gray, then the text will not display at all on that page due to color problems or whatever.

A specific example of the visual problems: I use Acronis True Image as my backup software application. When I got my Windows 7 Pro machine, I upgraded from TI ver 11 to the latest Acronis TI ver 2013. Well, the style was so different that it wasas good as invisible to me, I could not even see the text on the screens due to the ultra-thin washed out colors and fonts. I had to go back to my ver 11 to be able to use it with my Windows 7 PC (which works fine, anyway, and is the versionI used with XP and no visual problems at all).

It is not that I need everything magnified. I can see fine when I use the default hi-contrast theme. But that theme does not work on 3rd party software most of the time. Nevertheless I use the HC theme most of the time I am on my PC, because it is easier for me to see, but of course it has its own limitations too.

I even bought the entire Stardock customization package, hoping to use the custom themes etc. to fix things, but it did not work at all for my needs. The custom themes out there are mostly just as bad for me as t5he native Windows 7 themes, and I would not even attempt to make my own cutom theme, it would be a disaster.

What I need is **native** WinXP Pro styles on everything, provided I can adjust that like I could on my ol;d XP Pro system using the built in WinXP customization for colors and text settings etc. So do you think you could design a true WinXP-stle theme that would work for me? If so, how much would that cost? I don't need anything other than what Windows XP itself had AFA icons, graphics, buttons, scroll bars, etc.

I really want a Windows 7 Pro system that looks and feels identiocal to how XP Pro looked. Is that possible? Or is there some app out there (not a custome theme thing, but just something that allows changing Windows 7 itself) that would resolve my problems so that I can actually enjoy using my PC again?


Pete Barnes

Welcome to the Seven Forums Pete

As for making a visual style that looks like XP and be able to use the color controls is not possible as far as I know.

There are some XP themes (visual styles) that have been made and work on Windows 7 but they are just nothing but customized aero themes.

Like my personal favorite theme Tavaris by ~charleston2378 on deviantART is a very nice dark theme but as you've already stated there is some software that don't display correctly so I have to switch to the aero theme to use them.

I agree Microsoft did not think too much about visually impaired people when it came to their themes.

Sorry I'm not much of any help here.
Jerry
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20 May 2013   #105

windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I really didn't expect much, based on what I have read aboiut the limitations of ASero in Windows 7. If you should encounter any really good custom Aero theme that I can use for making Windows 7 look and work like WinXP, please let me know.

Pete Barnes
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