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Windows 7: desktop enhancements


25 Apr 2010   #1

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 
desktop enhancements

I need to change the way my desktop looks please help!!

List all the software that (the best ones) you use for enhancing your desktop
post a Pic....


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25 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

xD Well, here comes the onslaught of hundreds of programs.

RocketDock
ObjectDock
RKLauncher
System Transparency
Nimi Places
WindowBlinds
Anything made by sergiogarcia9
Rainmeter
Samurize (don't know if it works on 7)
Resource Hacker
GIMP
Vista Style Builder

Those are just a couple. I'm not using any of them (except System Transparency ) so I can't post screenies.
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25 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

If you simply want to change your theme as most do, there's a simple way to do that.

First you need to download Universal Theme Patcher and follow this tutorial
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

Second, you'll need a find a theme you like, I get mine from deviantART: where ART meets application!

Third, if your theme comes with any system files (explorer.exe, explorerfram.dll, etc)

Download Windows Theme Installer and use it to install your theme and use it to install your theme and system files.

Windows Themes Installer : Install Windows 7 & Vista themes easily | The Windows Club

The latest version of Windows Theme Installer actually makes using the Universal product unneccesary but I'm unsure if the WTI actually will make backups of the initial files that are replaced. If it does, then you could just use that. If it doesn't you can either use the UTP or just use the sfc /scannow command when you want to revert to original files.

Most of the dock products are just that, program docks that don't actually change your theme. They're useful if you'd like to use a dock, but I've found that the new "superbar" actually functions just like a dock and will work just as well, and may be more stable.

If you want to change icons, you can do so through a few ways. I changed navigation bar icons and default folder icons through registry changes. I changed my superbar icons through changing the properties of the initial shortcut I used to launch the programs. I changed the internal program icons by editing the programs using Restorator. You'll find that there are many ways to get to the same road in this department, some involve more work on your end, some involve paying for a product and others are just hard to find.

If you want transparent windows you have a few options. You can use the product mentioned by the OP or you can install the theme that I use, which is called "Soft7 1.8" it basically makes all of your Windows transparent so that all your Window frames change to whatever color your background is.

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26 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

Well i'm still using Yahoo widgets over here ... Yahoo! Widgets: useful, fun, beautiful little apps for Mac and Windows




and although I don't use them much .. you could also have a fiddle about with Winstep and Nexus .. WinStep: Desktop Themes and Customizing Windows!
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26 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

rocketdock
rainmeter
fences
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27 Apr 2010   #6

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post

Most of the dock products are just that, program docks that don't actually change your theme. They're useful if you'd like to use a dock, but I've found that the new "superbar" actually functions just like a dock and will work just as well, and may be more stable.

i.e.
please if u can tell me how to make the icons in the superbar align to centre i found that before too, but could'nt get a software to do it..
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27 Apr 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by youllbelost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post

Most of the dock products are just that, program docks that don't actually change your theme. They're useful if you'd like to use a dock, but I've found that the new "superbar" actually functions just like a dock and will work just as well, and may be more stable.

i.e.
please if u can tell me how to make the icons in the superbar align to centre i found that before too, but could'nt get a software to do it..
Here's a tutorial on that,
Taskbar - Center Icons
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27 Apr 2010   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Use Stack Docklet with docks
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