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Windows 7: Remove Aero border around user account icon

05 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Is it possible to remove that Aero frame from the start menu? Does anyone know the dll responsible for this?


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05 Feb 2013   #12

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That frame is bitmap image # 7013 in explorer.exe in C:\Windows, if you remove or edit the image to make it transparent it will leave a white space where the frame is at.

Jerry
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05 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Okay cool, thank again Bongo.
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05 Feb 2013   #14

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You're welcome
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06 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shoober View Post
Is it possible to remove that Aero frame from the start menu? Does anyone know the dll responsible for this?
Sorry Bongo, going to have to correct you again and also thank you for making it easier to locate the image.

As Bongo said this is bitmap image #7013 in "C:\Windows\Explorer.exe" and you can use Reshack (Included with Logon Workshop) to replace it.

Also the warning I gave for authui.dll applies for this exe as well, Backup file. Check below the next quote for more help on restoring.

Again make a copy of Explorer.exe then open the copy in Reshack (2nd copy, not the backup).
Next the easiest way is to use Reshack to save the bitmap, 3rd line down in my screenshot.
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Next open the exported bitmap in paint and Select All, press Delete, use the paint bucket to fill with black so you have just a plain black square image and then hit save.

Now back in Reshack click Replace Resource, 4th line down in the screenshot above. This will open a new dialog, click "Open file with new bitmap" to browse to your modified bitmap, select it then click replace, then close.

Now just click File > Save.

You also need to Take Ownership of this file as well and close Explorer.exe before replacing.

After taking ownership you can use these commands in cmd prompt
Code:
taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
xcopy /vqy "[YOUR MODDED FILE PATH]\Explorer.exe" "C:\Windows\*.*"
explorer
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shoober View Post
I have been debating on whether or not I should do this tweak. If you do something wrong to the authid.dll, you will black screen at login and can't do anything. I don't have system restore enabled, so if I mess something up, I will have to do a lot of stuff to get my OS back.
If something goes wrong you may have to reset the computer using the button on the case so don't have any other programs running when you replace the files.

You can use a Live Linux boot disk or Windows 7 Recovery Console to copy the backed up files back to there original location replacing the modified files if anything goes wrong. Here is a couple of pages that might help,

Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
Peppermint3 - Create Live CD/DVD/USB To Use For Emergency Backup

In the Peppermint3 - Create Live.... tutorial follow step A and B. Step C will show you how to open the File Manager to copy the files.

Ubuntu is another Linux distro that I believe is popular.

If your not familiar with this type of stuff then after backing up the files and taking ownership of the files in the original location I would recommend with either methods to try and copy the backed up files over the originals ones before replacing with your modified ones. This way you can confirm that you can replace the files before anything goes wrong.

Also replace only one file with your modified one before checking that it worked so you know which one does or doesn't work.

To check authui.dll - log off, switch user or lock computer. If you get a black screen then it has failed.
If there's a problem with Explorer.exe then Explorer will not restart when you run the command "explorer".

One last thing, you may be intrested in reading these two threads -
User Tile Border
Transparent .PNG image not working as my account picture.

The first link has a batch file you may be intrested in after modifying it for your files.


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06 Feb 2013   #16

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Thank you for correcting me Duzzy, I just tried it and it works perfectly even with the classic theme. I would have never thought that a solid black image would do that I learned something new.

Jerry
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06 Feb 2013   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Bongo
It was more of a guess before I'd tried, I thought to myself bitmaps don't support transparency that I know of and because 99% of images in these type of mods are bitmap then Windows must make a colour transparent and while doing some logon mods I've noticed some images contain black in the parts that don't show, so I thought fully a black square would work and this trick may work for most images that appear to use the same method, but no guarantees.

And not all images use the same method, refer to the images for the logon screen below. 2 do, 1 doesn't. The 3rd image may make both black and gray transparent, I'll check it one day..... maybe.
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06 Feb 2013   #18

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Awesome! Thanks guys. I didn't know you could make a System Repair Disc and fix it like that. Well, that makes it a whole lot easier then taking out my hard drive and putting it in another computer just to access the files and replace the dll lol. I feel way more confident now, knowing I can fix it pretty easy in case I mess up the dll.

So anyway, I got a lot of tweaking to do. I got to do the authid, explorer, and shell32 dlls to edit. I'm going for a very Windows 95/98 look for my theme. Maybe when its all done, I will make a youtube video and show off all the tweaks and how to do them. I'm sure there's others out there that want that nostalgic feeling of an old grey Windows theme, complete with Windows 98 icons lol.
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07 Feb 2013   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Always happy to help and good luck with the entire project.
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