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Windows 7: Start menu background

24 Feb 2010   #1
JacobAndrew

Windows 7
 
 
Start menu background

Hello,
I have seen a couple themes with images on their start menu background and was wondering how one could put a picture there. I have both Restorator and Style Builder, but I don't really know how to work them or where to look in them. Thanks in advance.


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24 Feb 2010   #2
Grimmjow

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Read this threads, maybe they aren'y solution for your question, but are educational I suppose
cheers
Start menu Aero Theme Color Change
Change image background for start menu ?
Change Background Colour of Start menu
Start Menu White Background
Start Menu image??
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24 Feb 2010   #3
JacobAndrew

Windows 7
 
 

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..


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25 Feb 2010   #4
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

looks pretty good. excellent for a first attempt.
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25 Feb 2010   #5
JacobAndrew

Windows 7
 
 
Now I really need help...

Thanks valtonray! I thought it looked pretty good myself, unfortunately after I tried starting my computer today it went to the log on screen (normally automatically logs me on) and after I clicked on my name, it would say loading and go right back to the log on screen again. So I put in my other hard drive and restored my midnight theme back to yesterday morning (system restore didn't work on original hard drive) and then it worked. So now I'm back to my start background with no image.. Any ideas on why it would do that? It worked fine all last night after I changed it..
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12 Mar 2010   #6
Targa85

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   #7
Jashmister

Windows 7
 
 

I would love to find out how he ended up doing this because i cant seem to find out how
i found the 4 images for the top of the start menu and 812 im guessing is the main image and is stretched along to make the start bar i want to change that image and add a new image that is longer but im wondering how that is done. do some things with the theme file need to be changed or do i add it and hope for the best?
am i completely lost here?
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12 Mar 2010   #8
xile2010

windows 7
 
 

Originally sent to me by Fluke of CreativeX

Vista Style Builder rename fix:

Quote:
"I am hoping we are on the same page. It has to do with the settings.ini found in the directory:
%c:\users\"your name"\appdata\roaming\vistastylebuilder%
Since it was a program written for Vista, its really not set up for win7 by default. If you notice, they advertise it "with windows 7 support", not compatible.
Anyway, cruise to that folder and open up the settings.ini.
Right underneath "[settings]" copy/paste this:
FirstImageId=508

So that it will read as this:

[Settings]
FirstImageId=508
currentSearchType=1
It will still change the numbering. But you wont get any bugs or unable to log back in, if thats what was happening.
Also, using style-hacks will change the order, as well. I manually edit and insert all images, then use Vista Style Builder for Text and fonts, text coloring and any other chores that can only be accomplished through hex-editing.

Source for the .ini changes for win7 compatibility:
(Solved] No login possible after applying new style
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13 Mar 2010   #9
Targa85

windows 7 ultimate 64 Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xile2010 View Post
Originally sent to me by Fluke of CreativeX

Vista Style Builder rename fix:

Quote:
"I am hoping we are on the same page. It has to do with the settings.ini found in the directory:
%c:\users\"your name"\appdata\roaming\vistastylebuilder%
Since it was a program written for Vista, its really not set up for win7 by default. If you notice, they advertise it "with windows 7 support", not compatible.
Anyway, cruise to that folder and open up the settings.ini.
Right underneath "[settings]" copy/paste this:
FirstImageId=508

So that it will read as this:

[Settings]
FirstImageId=508
currentSearchType=1
It will still change the numbering. But you wont get any bugs or unable to log back in, if thats what was happening.
Also, using style-hacks will change the order, as well. I manually edit and insert all images, then use Vista Style Builder for Text and fonts, text coloring and any other chores that can only be accomplished through hex-editing.

Source for the .ini changes for win7 compatibility:
(Solved] No login possible after applying new style
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link to this thred please...
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13 Mar 2010   #10
xile2010

windows 7
 
 

thats what he sent me via pm. I didn't get a link to share. it worked for me unless I left something out, I don't believe so.
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