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Windows 7: Win Explorer Background Change

15 Nov 2009   #1

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
Win Explorer Background Change

On the picture is indicated what is needed to change the color
pic.1 explorer white color to what U wish
pic.2 addresses of various colors in normal.res
pic.3 complete basic & aero theme recolored (taskbar is not 1x3px but 1920x46px
so if U grab this theme and have problems replace 841.png (basic) 845.png (aero) _Ur resolution_X46px

is for Windows 7 ultimate x64 7600



-Restorator x86 & x64


Start menu font color Variant/normal.res
-normal text address: 17688
-hot selected address: 17590

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Win Explorer Background Change-exp_background.png   Win Explorer Background Change-windows-colors-joe.png   Win Explorer Background Change-basic-aerox64.png   Win Explorer Background Change-normal-hex-colors-all-ffffff.png  
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21 Nov 2009   #2


Thanks for the info on this ... I see you can alter the folder background by the looks, interesting how that start menu still pops up blazing white eh? Or can this be included? Cheers, Chris
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21 Nov 2009   #3

7 Ultimate x64 sp1

For start M white box is in images section.
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03 Jan 2010   #4

Win Explorer Background Change


sorry for the english. i am from germany.

the question goes to Six9siX.

i see you can change the explorer background by editing the aore.msstyles. i have
also the restorator 2007 program pro. i try the modification like you, but i canīt find the string E130:FC FC FC ... to change it in my favorit- color. i have to say, that am not so firm in restorator and programming. where can i find the string in the search section, i think?? i think i do the modification in the editing mode?? there are a lot of radio-buttons and options in the search form i donīt now. i want to set my explorer background color to 8D948B. (for exampel)

please can you help me with a little tutorial.

i thank you a lot already previously...

best regards.... scoopy
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03 Jan 2010   #5

7 Ultimate x64 sp1

I think that u need
this program to edit a hex file without exporting it (secure way)
is the same as restorator but has better editing stuff
Download XN Resource Editor Build 6000 - XN Resource Editor is a free, powerful, fully featured resource editor and PE module explorer for Windows. - Softpedia

when opening a aero file select *.*all files at the bottom

Save is disabled but go to save as and overwrite the aero file
works with both version x86 & x64 win

in the first picture you can see what lines to edit and all of them contain FC FC FC
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03 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

Another question for Six9siX. I'm looking to change the default background color for dialog boxes - like the "Virtual Memory" box in your screenshot. Can you tell me the right offset please?

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04 Jan 2010   #7

7 Ultimate x64 sp1

the color should be D4D4D4 but i couldn't find it.
one possibility is that is a picture *.png or in another file

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04 Jan 2010   #8

ultimate x64

The color is F0 F0 F0 instead of D4 D4 D4.........
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04 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

That's the thing. It is F0 F0 F0 and I want it D4 D4 D4. I noticed in the screenshot that it is darker than the default, that's why I'm asking how to do the same
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04 Jan 2010   #10

ultimate x64


You need to do some Hex-Editing to the msstyles....
Extract the variant file using Restorator and use any Hex-Editor of you choice to open the extracted file.....

Type Ctrl +G go to address 748 you should be able to see F0 F0 F0 the default color, change that to any color of your choice... for your case D4 D4 D4.

Replace that mod file back and enjoy the new color..........
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