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Windows 7: Change the background or font color of the side panel?


02 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Change the background or font color of the side panel?

Hi everyone,

I just installed a glass theme and it made the start menu transparent and the font of the texts on the side panel white. Because the side panel is also white, it's impossible for me to see the texts until i hover over them to make them blue. By side panel i meant the extra options panel on the left side of the control panel. I attached a screen shot below.
I tried the advanced appearance options but it doesnt let me change any of that.

Any help would be appreciated!



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02 Nov 2011   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Those images are in the shell32.dll in C:\Windows\System32 & C:\Windows\SysWOW64 image #632 and 633
Jerry

In the Bitmap folder
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02 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks I was also looking for same thing.
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02 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks for the help. there is another annoyance the item selection color is green

i attached a screen shot blow. is there an option to change it to how it normally is?

I have read somewhere that i need windows style creator or something like that but is there a free alternative?

Thanks again in advance


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03 Nov 2011   #5

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You could use Resource Hacker to extract the images then edit them with an image editor like MSpaint, gimp, paint.net, Photoshop and then replace the images in the theme .msstyles
If you post a link to that theme you are using I will be able to give you the image numbers.
Jerry
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03 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i am having trouble editing shell32.dll with resource hacker. I took ownership of the file, ran reshacker as admin, saved the image, edited it with paint, replaced it in reshacker, but i cant save it. I says cannot overwrite the file. I also tried renaming the original shell32.dll and then copying the one i "saved as" with reshacker but still no go. It doesnt seem to copy it to the folder.

Is there a way to add the image to the theme.msstyle file with reshacker?

heres the link to the theme: MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

Thanks!
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03 Nov 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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I will get back on this in the a.m. got to check it out.
Jerry
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04 Nov 2011   #8

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Be sure you are working on a copy of shell32.dll on your desktop.
Open the shell32.dll with Resource Hacker opened the bitmap folder scroll down to 632 click on the + and click on 1033 click on Action then click on replace bitmap.
Name:  1.PNG
Views: 44
Size:  64.6 KB

Click on Open file with new bitmap.
Name:  2.png
Views: 24
Size:  24.6 KB

Navigate to your image and click Open.
Name:  3.png
Views: 20
Size:  27.6 KB

Click on the image # and Click on replace.

Name:  4.png
Views: 18
Size:  31.5 KB

Do the same thing for #633

Click File and Click Save.
Name:  5.PNG
Views: 11
Size:  44.5 KB

That should do it
Follow post #6 from this thread it will show you how to take ownership and give yourself permission and how to rename and replace shell32.dll Basic Networking Information

I would recommend putting UAC on never notified while you replace the shell32.dll and then putting it back to your current settings when done User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

If that does not work you could try a 30 day trial of this Restorator - Bome Software - Restorator - the resource editor for customization, localization, and translation. it is very easy to use and I can walk you through them steps also.

Jerry


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04 Nov 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

OK now the .msstyles I cannot get Resource Hacker to work for me either on .msstyles I use Windows Style Builder so Download Anolis Resourcer Anolis - Download: Resourcer 0.9

Open the .msstyles open the image folder scroll down to #661 click on + and click on 0 click on Replace.
Name:  1.png
Views: 16
Size:  75.5 KB

Click on Browse to where you have your image.
Name:  2.png
Views: 9
Size:  18.5 KB

Click on the arrow for the drop-down menu click on All Files.
Name:  3.png
Views: 9
Size:  98.0 KB

Click on the image and Click on Open.
Name:  4.png
Views: 9
Size:  54.1 KB

Click on Load Click on OK. Do the same with all the images. You will not see a change yet.
Name:  5.png
Views: 6
Size:  26.0 KB

Click File and Click Save.
Name:  6.png
Views: 6
Size:  56.3 KB

After it has saved you can go back in and see the changes.
Name:  7.png
Views: 7
Size:  59.6 KB

Here are the numbers you need
661-685 will take care of the right side of Computer

On the left side
Hot-1051
Selected-1052
Selected Non-Focus-1053
Hot Selected-1054
To help you out all of them images are the same size so you could get by just editing one image is using it in all the locations.

Same as above if this does not work you could try a 30 day trial of Restorator - Bome Software - Restorator - the resource editor for customization, localization, and translation.
Let me know if you get it or not.
Jerry


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