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Windows 7: Need help with hex editing visual style colors


18 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Need help with hex editing visual style colors

Hi everybody, i'm trying to change text colors of a few things.

I need to change the hover color of the text on the right side of the start menu, where links to main folders: documents, control panel, computer..ect. (pic1)

I would also like to change the text in the messages that appears when you hover over something like the start menu button, showing further information about that object. (pic2)

Im not sure what the hex values are.. nor how to change them. Can anybody help??



Thanks




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19 Feb 2010   #2

win7 x64
 
 

Hi,

I found a few straight forward guides :

Win Explorer Background Change
This one is about explorer background, but gives you an idea how it works.


Windows 7 Theme & Resource Mods
Guide #4b in this link explains how to use a hex editor and color detector to change colors in the taskmanager.
The same method can be used for other resources, like in your case those text colors.
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19 Feb 2010   #3

 

What application are you using to do this?
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19 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

thanks a lot shopbunny, i'll check em out.

sergiogarcia9, im using XVI32 HEX editor and a few other hexing programs. But my main problem is i don't know the location within the variant of each of these colors.
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19 Feb 2010   #5

 

This would be WAY easier using Windows Style Builder (aka Vista Style builder)

Dont know about the Hex'es though
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19 Feb 2010   #6

win7 x64
 
 

Once you get how hexing works, it's not any more difficult then using VSB.
In fact, I know out of own experience that VSB takes a few weeks to really get the hang of it and to learn the location of all resources.

But if you don't mind spending 22 bucks on VSB, it is a fantastic peace of software engineering.
I bought it a while ago and am very pleased about it.
But I still use a resource hacker a lot. Gives me a feeling of control.


And one more advice if you're into hexing :

check out www.deviantart.com and search for the page of UKintel.
He's got a few very good hex guides for vista, and most of them can also be applied in Windows 7.
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20 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

thanks for the info/links shopbunny, i do have vista style builder. And like you said, its very confusing. Restorator alone took me quite a while to learn, especially since every style is compressed differently. But i'm not really into the whole hexing deal, just wanted to learn a few locations to complete my theme. i posted a preview here: "http://KRhanson.deviantart.com/art/Tribal7-Win-7-Theme-Preview-154604624" if you wanted to check it out.

I'll see what i can get off those websites, thanks for all your help
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28 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

How do I allow a picture in the 'all programs' in the startmenu? John
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28 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

i don't understand what you mean by that RBCC.. want to explain further?
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