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Windows 7: Any Aero Dark Themes that are actually Aero and Not Classic?

31 Aug 2015   #1
SP1200

Windows 7 Ent. 64bit
 
 
Any Aero Dark Themes that are actually Aero and Not Classic?

Everytime I download a dark theme for windows 7 it turns out to be non Aero Classic.
I like the Aero because of the subtle window animations.

Does anyone know of any dark Themes that are truly Aero that keep subtle window animations?

I like the Stock Theme just fine when I change everything dark, except the Bright White and Blue Shell.
Ugh so horrible!

>> PROBLEM SOLVED. <<

I did not have all 3 system files patched properly and therefore
Aero themes were not displaying Taskbar Thumb Animations.


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06 Sep 2015   #2
livingsandwich

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hello and welcome to SevenForums,

You can instead try and personalize it yourself by changing the color tint of the windows.

Start by going to your desktop, right-click and click Personalize.


You will notice a window like the above.

Next, click Window Color, then click Show color mixer drop-down menu.



If you want to make it dark, first, set color intensity to its highest, then tune down the saturation and the brightness as low as desired. You can also turn off transparency to get the black color more noticeable.
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12 Sep 2015   #3
SP1200

Windows 7 Ent. 64bit
 
 

Ohh I did that already. And it makes the windows dark around the edge, but the explorer (shell) window (where the file is) is still that bright white or pink.
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12 Sep 2015   #4
SP1200

Windows 7 Ent. 64bit
 
 

See attached file/picture.

It shows although I have set all window colors to dark colors, the windows OS still has a LOT of bright white and blue colors that I have learned to be called "shell" or "Explorer Shell" colors. This is the color that I wish to change.


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Any Aero Dark Themes that are actually Aero and Not Classic?-windows-shell.jpg  
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12 Sep 2015   #5
SP1200

Windows 7 Ent. 64bit
 
 

And as you can see under Personalization I do have other Windows 7 "Dark Themes" the problem seems to be that they are not "Aero" themes and thus cannot use "Taskbar Thumbnail Previews" as shown in this thread.

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

And this is the reason why my post is titled "Any Aero Dark Themes that are actually Aero and Not Classic?" is because All of the themes I keep finding say they are Aero themes for windows 7 but only do I find out they are simply classic themes after I download and install them. I'm looking for a truly dark theme that will allow me to keep Taskbar Thumbnails.
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16 Sep 2015   #6
livingsandwich

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Oh.

In this case, I can't help you with it, sorry.

The only thing I can think of is that changing the theme to Windows Classic. Try searching on search engines or browsing on the tutorials. Maybe I can also provide you a link to one.

Again, sorry.
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18 Sep 2015   #7
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Did you do any the the following below?

You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

Jerry
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06 Oct 2015   #8
SP1200

Windows 7 Ent. 64bit
 
 

Hey guys sorry for the delay, I wanted to check and double check before closing this as solved.
So here was my problem.

I ran "Universal Theme Patcher" and it didn't patch the last file for some reason.
So I did a fresh install and ran it again, and one by one they all were patched.

Then I ran "Theme Resource Changer" and installed the themes I downloaded.
Now everything works like it should. I have Aero with Taskbar Thumbs.

I think before I was not understanding the installation.txt or readme.txt instructions for each theme well enough to realize I needed to run the "Theme Resource Changer" program prior to installing the theme. I just dumped the Theme in the Resources Folder and didn't know why it didn't work. lol.

1. Run: "Universal Theme Patcher"
2. Run: "Theme Resource Changer"
3. Unzip Downloaded theme and read carefully the installation instructions as they vary slightly sometimes.
4. Move Theme files to the Windows "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes" Folder
Note: In some themes, you need to rename the "explorer" folder to "explorer.exe" folder.
This Folder STAYS AS A FOLDER just names as an *.exe

5. Then go in to personalization and select installed Theme.
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08 Oct 2015   #9
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

It's good to hear you got it sorted out.

Jerry
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