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Windows 7: custom toolbar...

07 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
custom toolbar...

I'd like to make it look different...
are ther any skins?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jul 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

I'm not aware if there are specific skins that will change the way your toolbar looks, but you can use third party themes.

To use third party themes, you used to need multiple programs, but now you simply need one. It's called Windows Theme Installer.

Simply download this program and a third party theme of your liking and use the program to replace the files that the theme includes. You can find third party themes many places, my favorite resource is deviantART: where ART meets application!

Keep in mind that you may have to use task manager to end the process "explorer.exe" when replacing the file(s). Once you've replaced the files you'll probably have to restart your computer.

My favorite is a transparent theme called Soft7 by an artist called AP Graphik

Here's a quick tutorial on installing a theme:

Turn off User Account Control

Download Windows Theme Installer

Download Soft7 1.8

Extract Files from both downloads to a particular directory

Open Windows Theme Installer

Right Click Taskbar, Open Task Manager

Select Explorer.exe, Click End Process

Alt-Tab to Windows Theme Installer, Direct Program to all relevant files
(Some themes include replacements for explorer.exe and explorerframe.dll and others. Other themes do not)

Install the theme and relevant files using Windows Theme Installer

Restart computer by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Dlt and choosing restart from the power menu.

Once your computer restarts, your theme should be installed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jul 2010   #3
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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