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Windows 7: Start menu background

09 Sep 2012   #21
defaultuser000

7 Pro
 
 

I found a fix!

Check this out:




Its really simple:

1st use resource hacker and open up the aero.msstyles file

Go to "IMAGE" file 872 (This file can vary from theme to theme!)
export it
And edit it in Photoshop. Just as Benjamin Hall said your image that is going into the white area of the Start Menu must be the same resolution as the size you have on your desktop; now this can vary depending on the display resolution you use (even for the same image).

***Note***
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noguyin View Post
Just don't change the resolution of the file.
This is incorrect if you are planning on adding a picture you will have to change the resolution like I said because you can't fit anything into a 27 x 342 canvas.

You are going to have to play around with layers in Photoshop until you have your picture in between the transparent bars on the sides of the image.

When you have your image (with the right resolution and positioned correctly between the transparent bars) you'll need to crop it then its ready to be replaced using resource hacker.

2nd Open up resource hacker and replace the "IMAGE" 872 file with your new PNG.
Save the msstyles file

3rd Go into the folder of the theme you are using or modfiying. Take the new msstyles file you modified using resource hacker and replace the old one.
If windows keeps saying that the file is in use use "Unlocker" and unlock the file so you can replace it.

4th Switch the theme to any other one you have and then switch to your new theme and the custom start menu should be there!






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27 Oct 2012   #22
rh619

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JacobAndrew View Post
Thanks Grimmjow! After looking at the links (and a couple others) I finally figured out how to do it. It was my first try at it, so it doesn't look the best, but I don't think it turned out to bad..
how to do it man ......please tell me
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03 May 2013   #23
Harsha8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Hey guys i am using resource hacker like you but i cant seem to be able to find the any sort of image under "IMAGE" 872 there is only an arrow
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03 May 2013   #24
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Harsha8 View Post
Hey guys i am using resource hacker like you but i cant seem to be able to find the any sort of image under "IMAGE" 872 there is only an arrow
Welcome to the Seven Forums

If you are working with the default aero.msstyles the left side of the start menu would be image #811 and also #815 when extended.

Jerry
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03 May 2013   #25
Harsha8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks man
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03 May 2013   #26
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You're Welcome
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03 May 2013   #27
Harsha8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

So i have to just replace #815 and #811 and save it ?
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04 May 2013   #28
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Harsha8 View Post
So i have to just replace #815 and #811 and save it ?
Yes, but you should start a new theme so you don't corrupt the default aero.msstyles, look at Post #38 Here it will show you how.
You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

Jerry
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