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Windows 7: Changing Start Menu Color


05 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Changing Start Menu Color

Hi,

I would like to change the BG-Color of my startmenu to a light grey.
The result should look some thing like this:



I allready spend over 2 hours looking for a solution, if i was just to stupid to find a way im sorry, but i really could not find any way to change that.


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05 Feb 2010   #2
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

You have to edit the images in the aero.msstyles file. I think the start menu images are around index 800. They should look something like this: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/...ain_slices.png

Of course you need to patch your system DLLs to allow running modified themes. I'm personally using Vista Glazz 2.0 (VistaGlazz | CodeGazer), but there are others out there.
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05 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I did patch Windows 7 with UniversalThemePatcher, i hope that this is correct.


But, i'm not really into editing and creating .dll files.
To make it clear: I have no clue about .dll files (
Well i know what there about and whats in it and also how to see what's inside, but then again i dont know how to put new files inside or how to edit the files inside.

The only thing i'm "good" at (i can do) is making my own .ico files and startorbs but that's it.


//edit

So if you can give me the help i would be nice telling me how to edit that file =)
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05 Feb 2010   #4
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

1) Run Resource Hacker, open the msstyles file and locate the image you want to change.
2) Then export it as a PNG file.
3) Then edit the PNG file with Photoshop (or other image editor that respects transparency).
4) Go back to Resource Hacker and replace the image with the edited version.

Ask here if you have troubles with any of these steps.
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06 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Now i installed Resource Hacker, opend the msstyles file and started searching for the image.

I looked at every image from 760 - 900 and i did find some images that look like borders but none where i see the menu background.
Am I doing something wrong again?



btw. Thank you for your help =)
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06 Feb 2010   #6

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MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Which Visual Style are you trying to change? Aero? Or one you have downloaded?
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06 Feb 2010   #7
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Look at images 778, 781, 782 and 785. I'm not sure which one exactly is used in your case. Color the insides of each one in a different color - red, green, blue, yellow, to see which one Windows uses.
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06 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

A style I downloaded.

@Ivo thx i'll try that right away =)
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12 Mar 2010   #9

windows 7 ultimate 64 Build 7600
 
 

i think you people that know how to do this is very very cheap with information about it,

i've been searching diffrenst forums for 3 day's and this is all i got


Looks kind of crappy in my eye, not the color i want either, i want to learn how to do it right before i start making it the way i want it

when i edit the all programs tab i looose aero affect. this is killing my brain, if i compare to others and other images i find i am edeting the right ones (brain exploding)

i cant understand why the would remove this setting that were sooooo quick and easy in xp i went from xp to Windows 7. this is the kind of thing that makes me want to change op, thinking of going back to the good old easy tweaking xp...

As you can see i am in neeed of help with this

so now on to my next question, does any one have the correct image numbers for:
Start Menu backgrounds (installed programs,search field/result and all programs)
Explorer background/fields
Mouse Over/marked/inactive.

Remember has to be a Windows 7 version 6.1 7600 build

if some kind soul has these image numbers i can finish, these are the last thing's i need to change.
then i am done.

i will be posting theme,icons and my aero.msstyles file here when i am done, along with a nice tutorial, so the next one after me doesn't have to spend 3-4 days figuring out what to do?


\\Targa
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12 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Targa85 View Post
i think you people that know how to do this is very very cheap with information about it,

i've been searching diffrenst forums for 3 day's and this is all i got


Looks kind of crappy in my eye, not the color i want either, i want to learn how to do it right before i start making it the way i want it

when i edit the all programs tab i looose aero affect. this is killing my brain, if i compare to others and other images i find i am edeting the right ones (brain exploding)

i cant understand why the would remove this setting that were sooooo quick and easy in xp i went from xp to Windows 7. this is the kind of thing that makes me want to change op, thinking of going back to the good old easy tweaking xp...

As you can see i am in neeed of help with this

so now on to my next question, does any one have the correct image numbers for:
Start Menu backgrounds (installed programs,search field/result and all programs)
Explorer background/fields
Mouse Over/marked/inactive.

Remember has to be a Windows 7 version 6.1 7600 build

if some kind soul has these image numbers i can finish, these are the last thing's i need to change.
then i am done.

i will be posting theme,icons and my aero.msstyles file here when i am done, along with a nice tutorial, so the next one after me doesn't have to spend 3-4 days figuring out what to do?


\\Targa
Try here as well, #15 Windows 7 Theme & Resource Mods
Also, the all programs and search results are not going to work well. You can edit the images but it also uses color which if you do edit will also bork some other element within Windows GUI such as the left pane in Registry Editor. I have Win 7 style builder and it's the same with it.
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