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Windows 7: Win7 Style Builder Problem | Problems Opening msstyles


17 Dec 2011   #1

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Win7 Style Builder Problem | Problems Opening msstyles

For some reason whenever I try to do anything (create a new style based on Aero, edit a visual style from Windows\Resources), it will not show preview images or object properties for anything when I try to navigate to them, as shown below.

(ListsView -> Normal is selected, and should be showing properties/preview image in the right side panels; this window isn't the active one because I had to open Snipping Tool to take this screenshot.)

Does anyone know what is wrong?




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17 Dec 2011   #2

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That's normal for Explorer & Shell > Explorer > ListView > ListItem > Normal
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do you have a properties and image at Explorer & Shell > Explorer > ListView > ListItem > Hot
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Jerry


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17 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

whatdy'a know.... I do have properties for "Explorer & Shell > Explorer > ListView > ListItem > Hot". It seems as though I was looking in the wrong place, silly me.

Do you know where the inactive/active window boarders are for Aero?
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17 Dec 2011   #4

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For aero
Windows and Caption Buttons > Aero > Dwm Window > Frames > Normal > Top, Left, Right, Bottom
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For basic
Windows and Caption Buttons > Basic > Caption to SmallFrameBottom
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Jerry


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17 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7
 
 


Excellent.

With Windows Style Builder I edited Bongo's 'No Glow 2' theme so that the inactive aero window has the same OPACITY:INT and COLORIZATIONOPACITY:INT as the active aero window frame.

Now I can see each window's title clearly in white instead of black, with text that doesn't have a glow around it and against a boarder that doesn't have a glazed/glass look, like Windows Aero does.

And I can still keep track of which is my current window by the glow on the minimize/mazimize/close buttons.
The only issue I have now is that if I change the boarder colors or un-tick 'enable transparency' in the normal Personalization window I go from working with an 'Installed Theme' to using an 'Unsaved Theme'.



Even if I save this (No Glow 5) in the screenshot, it doesn't allow me to create a theme file in the 'Windows\Resources\Themes' folder so that I could quickly install this onto other computers. How would I go about creating this as a theme?
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17 Dec 2011   #6

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Be back in a little in a few
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17 Dec 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
With Windows Style Builder I edited Bongo's 'No Glow 2' theme so that the inactive aero window has the same OPACITY:INT and COLORIZATIONOPACITY:INT as the active aero window frame.
I never thought about that good catch


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
The only issue I have now is that if I change the boarder colors or un-tick 'enable transparency' in the normal Personalization window I go from working with an 'Installed Theme' to using an 'Unsaved Theme'.
That is because you changed it
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lilsting10 View Post
Even if I save this (No Glow 5) in the screenshot, it doesn't allow me to create a theme file in the 'Windows\Resources\Themes' folder so that I could quickly install this onto other computers. How would I go about creating this as a theme?
What you will need to do is after you save it in Personalization with Save as then be using the 1 you just saved then Right click and then Save theme for sharing give it the name of theme(No_Glow) save to to the desktop it's is just a .zip folder named .themepack download 7-Zip 7-Zip install it then Right click on the .themepack and use 7 Zip to extract to to your desktop what you need is the .theme file
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and a copy of the theme folder in Windows\Resources\Themes just the folder now you have the theme folder and the .theme file for the other PC to put in Windows\Resources\Themes.
Jerry


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17 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for all your help. This is great, I can finally use Windows 7 in the way I have wanted since Vista came out.

The only issue that still bugs me is the horrid sky blue selection color in Windows Explorer.
The color itself is just a case of getting the shade right on the replacement colors in Windows Style Builder. If I were to change that to black (to match the window border color), how might I change the color of highlighted/selected files to white instead?
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17 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I actually really like that theme the way you modified it, please send me the theme after you changed the selection colour to (I'm guessing grey/black)
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17 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Sure thing, Faceofjoe421, although there will still be some selected items which show up as the default Vista/Windows 7 sky blue color because I'm finding Windows Style Builder incredibly hard to navigate and find what I want to. The Start Menu's hover-over color, for example, still shows as blue, but most other areas are mid-dark grey (tree nav in explorer, right content area in explorer, tree and content area in open/save popup box).

https://***************/files/2197025..._Read_Theme.7z
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