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Windows 7: Transparency & windows explorer

14 Mar 2010   #1
DrStockz

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Transparency & windows explorer

Hey guys, how would it be possible to make my windows explorer menus transparent while keeping the icons and text inside the directories visible (like this: Midnight Glass Nature Theme by ~MrGRiM01 on deviantART) I can't figure it out, i downloaded the midnight glass & nature theme from there but it just doesn't work correctly (unsure where to put the .dll's as well

Thanks in advance guys


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14 Mar 2010   #2
curiouso9

Windows Seven
 
 

DrStockz, can you post the screenshot? , did you apply the visual style? place it on windows/resources/themes/
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14 Mar 2010   #3
Product FRED

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrStockz View Post
Hey guys, how would it be possible to make my windows explorer menus transparent while keeping the icons and text inside the directories visible (like this: Midnight Glass Nature Theme by ~MrGRiM01 on deviantART) I can't figure it out, i downloaded the midnight glass & nature theme from there but it just doesn't work correctly (unsure where to put the .dll's as well

Thanks in advance guys
You need a to patch the DLLs that control visual styles. Microsoft has a security system in place that looks for their signature on visual styles, effectively limiting your selection. Patching the DLLs removes that security. It's not that hard to do it by hand, but safer and easier to use a program that does it for you. Use these:

Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit

It's completely safe and completely reversible. Microsoft has had this "security" since XP, and people have been removing it since XP as well.
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15 Mar 2010   #4
DrStockz

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Heres an image of what I mean, I've already installed the actual themes and patched the .dll's which need patching but for some reason the explorer transparency program (full glass) just doesn't work :/
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15 Mar 2010   #5
DrStockz

Windows 7 Home premium 64-Bit
 
 

I've been looking around further around the forum and it said that if you don't have a black background it won't work, I changed my background and still didn't work
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15 Mar 2010   #6
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Did you put these 3 items (screenshot) in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes ?
You might try this Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7 if you do unpatch the files first.


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15 Mar 2010   #7
GEORG

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Here is a TIP see and testing: http://www.sevenforums.com/projects/...y-project.html !!!
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15 Mar 2010   #8
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DrStockz View Post
I've been looking around further around the forum and it said that if you don't have a black background it won't work, I changed my background and still didn't work
Use this Window Color and Appearance - Change do steps 1,2,3 then step 7 look at (screenshot) change that to black.


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15 Mar 2010   #9
DrStockz

Windows 7 Home premium 64-Bit
 
 

That was already black as default, I'm going to unpatch and uninstall the themes then reapply everything...
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15 Mar 2010   #10
DrStockz

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No success :/
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