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Windows 7: How to change explorer's sidebar

10 Feb 2013   #1
ANewGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
How to change explorer's sidebar

Hello!
I'm new here, and not sure if i'm posting into the correct place.

I always wanted to revert Seven back to Beta visuals, i already have the Fish wallpaper, and know apps to change the logon screen, but i discovered something that i can't figure out how to change it. That's the Explorer's sidebar on the left side which was blue back then and not silver like in the RTM. Any idea?




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10 Feb 2013   #2
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

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That is bitmap images #632 and 633 in the shell32.dll in C:\Windows\System32

You would need to find the bitmap images from the beta.

If you get them let me know and I can tell you how to change them.

Jerry
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11 Feb 2013   #3
ANewGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Got it!
I used a virtual computer and i extracted shell32.dll from the beta.
I think reshack is the correct tool for the job, but i'll wait for your recommendation...

BTW, i only found #633 in the old dll, #632 is the reflection graphic in the RTM's dll
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11 Feb 2013   #4
Bongo

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Any resource hacker would probably work just fine, I believe you are right one of those two images is just a reflection. Just export the image from the beta and then imported into your shell32.dll.

Hint: put a copy of the shell32.dll on your desktop and modify that one so you did not corrupt the original.

Hint #2: make a System Restore Point - Create before you get started just in case.

To properly change a system file you need to take ownership give yourself permission and rename the old file and then copy in the new one look at Post #6 of this thread will tell you how to do it Basic Networking Information

Jerry
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16 Feb 2013   #5
ANewGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thanks! I'll try it when my new PC ha built. I won't risk with the current, because my mother will kill me for that
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16 Feb 2013   #6
Bongo

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If you do not want to edit system files try How to use theme resource changer it works very well for this.

If you need help let me know.

Jerry
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07 Mar 2013   #7
ANewGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Ok, so i installed Theme Resource Changer and made everything as it is described in the readme, but it doesn't seems to be working. Can you describe me a bit more exactly how should i do this?
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07 Mar 2013   #8
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Switch to the Windows Classic theme then logoff/logon then do the following.

Make a new folder in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero folder and name it shell32.dll
How to change explorer's sidebar-1.png

Now open the 633.bmp in a image editor(Gimp is free) and save it as 633.png then put it in the shell32.dll folder you just made.
How to change explorer's sidebar-2.png

Switch to the aero theme.

Jerry


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08 Mar 2013   #9
ANewGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Almost done, now just need to change the fonts to white on the left
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08 Mar 2013   #10
Bongo

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The only way I know how to change that text color on the left side is to use Ave's Windows7 Style Builder

Jerry
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