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Windows 7: How to change windows folder bg

02 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Proffesional
How to change windows folder bg


I have a problem with changing bg color of every folder in Windows 7 from standard white.

I tried personalize->..-> advanced settings -> window (from dropdawn menu), but that doesnt change that. Actually it changes bg of ex. blank page in firefox and simillar aplications, so not what i want.

I have searched this forum for a solution, with no luck.

I dont want to use paid software for that(like Blinds and such). And i dont want to edit any existing theme. I could be playing with hex, but why do it the hard way? If they did it, so can I

Is there a way to change that in the registry? Like in the tutorial for changing icons of folders in one of the tutorials found on this forum. Actually is there a tutorial about using windows registry to change the GUI of windows, like colors of search bar, nav bar, preview bar? Like, how to change color of EVERYTHING in an open folder? There are themes with changed colors, like this one:
Dynamic Black ::: by ~DjabyTown on deviantART

And a bet that every color change in here can be changed with the registry, right?

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02 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64


Unfortunately, in Windows 7, it is not as easy to change the background color as it was in earlier versions.

What you will need to do is create an image yourself, filled with the color you desire.

Then right-click in a folder, and select Customize this folder. Under Folder Pictures, select the image you just created.

If you want to make all folders be the same by default, see Brinks's helpful tutorial Folder Template - Default

Hope this helps,
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02 Feb 2010   #3

win7 x64

If you mean the background of windows explorer in general, then here's a way to get it done failry easy :

1.Make sure the right aerotheme is saved and active (personalization page).

2. Open C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\[themename].theme in notepad.
3. Scroll to the bottom where there should be a section called [Control Panel\Colors].
4. Modify the Window=255 255 255 line to whatever colour you want (the values are red green blue (RGB) from 0 to 255). 200 200 200 will be gray for example. You can look up a list of values through google.

If you mean the color of the folder icons, then check out the method described in this thread :

Change folder background color for free

post #4 gives you a very good app for colorizing the folder icons.

When you have the colors changed with that app, and saved, all you need to do is replace them in imageres.dll and shell32.dll (located in system32 folder) with a resource hacker like restorator or anolis resourcer (you can find those apps through google easily).

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02 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Proffesional

Thanks to all.

Unfortunately modyfying the Window parameter didn't work. Im still searching for a solution.

I stumbled upon this thread, about making changes with resonator. All tutorials. It's about changing all explorer bars and stuff. Maybe someone will find it yousefull
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

Did you see my suggestion above?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Proffesional

Yes, i saw it and it's not the solution. I want to change the color of the background, not the way content is shown. Also I want to change all folders at once, not only one. But thanks anyway

Right now im playing with restorator, and searching inside msstyles files. I i will post the solution, if found.
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03 Feb 2010   #7

win7 x64

Again, if you want to change the explorer background, you're looking in the wrong place. You won't find it in any of the images inside aero.msstyles.
It's tucked away in the hex codes.

It can only be done through aero.msstyles if you know how to find the right colorcodes in the hexes, and change them with a hex editor, OR use VistaStyleBuilder.
That app WILL do the trick if you know how to use it.

If it's the folder icons you want to change colors, then as I said, they are located in imageres.dll and shell32.dll, no where else.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 64bit

I'm trying to do the same thing and not having any luck. Tired of staring at the glaring white background to every folder I open. Modifying the theme file in the AppData folder didn't work for me either.

I made sure I was running the correct Theme, I even changed Themes to make sure it was loading it. I may try to restart in case the data is cached.

Current setting:

[Control Panel\Colors]
Background=186 186 186

Default setting:

[Control Panel\Colors]
Background=0 0 0

Still no luck after reboot.
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03 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 64bit

Here's what I'm looking to do.

Currently I have this:

How to change windows folder bg-unmodifiedcp.jpg

And I want to have this (edited in Photoshop):

How to change windows folder bg-modifiedcp.jpg

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03 Feb 2010   #10

win7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockemsock View Post
Here's what I'm looking to do.

Currently I have this:

Attachment 51912

And I want to have this (edited in Photoshop):

Attachment 51913
Then look at this :

How to change windows folder bg-grey.jpg

Done with VSB.

At first I had the SAME backgroundcolor, done through the themefile by changing the rgb value, just like I described previous.
Once I began using VSB, I redid it through aero.msstyles, using that app.

So if it doesn't work for you, then you must be doing something wrong, that's a certainty.

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