Quote: Originally Posted by Codify
You can't do that for Basic themes. For basic/non-aero themes you can't change the color of the taskbar, unless you patch uxtheme.dll and install a custom theme. Try switching to basic and seeing for yourself.
Patrick - a reasonable compromise which I use myself, is to use the Aero theme but with all the bells and whistles turned off - in particular, turning transparency off. This gives you a theme that is lightweight, and won't eat your battery life or clash with your gaphical programs, but will also allow you to customize the color of the taskbar. I don't like hacking the uxtheme, as the current patches have some shady phone-home stuff going on.
Thanks for the suggestions, however I did try an Aero theme with transparency turned off, but that didn't help. I may try it again with the window animations turned off and see if that helps.
This issue of a maximized window on the left screen bleeding over onto the right screen when using a Basic them is so annoying. Hopefully SP1 will fix it.
FYI we use 3D design software at my architecture office that has an all new ribbon-style interface with the current 2010 release. It's almost exactly like the Office 2008 interface. The graphical issues I've been having when using an Aero theme are things like the ribbon disappearing and reappearing at random times while performing various tasks. I haven't actually had any crashes since installing Windows 7 x64, but it just has that unstable appearance to it.