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Windows 7: Custom Colors (WITHOUT AERO)

09 May 2010   #1

Win7 Ult/Ubuntu 10.04
Custom Colors (WITHOUT AERO)

I've seen about 53 threads asking "How I change Color", and they all seem to be Aero users. I have three computers running Win7, one desktop, two laptops. The desktop runs Aero fine, and gives no problems. It's the laptops that bug me.

I'd like to change the color of the taskbar and window frames from this blue shade. I've seen some people say it's not possible, but I was wondering if it might be possible to create a clone of the "Windows 7 Basic" theme and tweak some colors. I'm going to give it a shot, but I'm just starting so if any of you have pointers, that'd be awesome!

Moar details:
Laptops are a Latitude D505 and an Inspiron B120. Needless to say, there are no WDDM-compatible video drivers.

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09 May 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

It most certainly is possible. Take a look here, this person has created all of these themes using the basic theme. Best bit of advice I can give is to...

1. (if you have money) buy Windows Style Builder.
2. Look around online for "resource maps" which give you details on where in the msstyles file you can find things to edit. This is assuming you don't have WSB and are using a resource editor.
3. Private Message some of the advanced theme makers, tell them what you're doing, and they'll be more than happy to give you tips.

Good luck and have fun!
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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

yeup^^ im using this Colors 2.0 For Windows 7 Basic by ~MediaMyself on deviantART made by that same person and they are theme mods for non aero pcs. my secondary pc doesnt run aero so i looked all around for mods and other things none of them worked properly this one works perfect. u must run the patch first and then follow the instructions included in the download file, also that user will be adding more colors with his 3.0 which he said should be coming soon. he offers a decent choice of colors and this should set u straight
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