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Windows 7: Aero without glass

25 Jul 2011   #11
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
uxStyle

Thanks Bongo, the UxStyle thing seems better (prefer not to patch) but is it safe?

Haven't replied because doing system backups and then going to reimage my system partition before playing around with any of this.

Cheers guys,
(leave the thread open and I'll report back in a day or two).

Rob


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26 Jul 2011   #12
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok guys, thanks for all of your help. I am reporting back.
I took the UxStyle approach, which doesn't involve any patching of my OS files, just the installation of the UxStyle service to allow unsigned themes to work.

I did not need to reboot, as I had to turn UAC down as much as possible already to have simple things running (I'm a programmer, for part of my job, and so UAC gets in the way; anyway, who are M$ kidding, Windows is never used as a mutli-user system - at least not simultaneously).

1) Now, installing UxStyle was a bit funny. First time I tried to install it (bl clickign on UxStyle_Core_Jul13_x64.msi - my system is Windows 7 64-bit), it stopped part way through with an error indicating that some files on my system had been tampered with. Although it asked me to work out how to restore them, I didn't, and just re-ran UxStyle_Core_Jul13_x64.msi again. This time it worked.
There doesn't seem to be any performance hit. While googling it, the security sites said it was safe, and didn't find any references to phishing etc with it. (Mind you' I've only had it running for half an hour, so your milage may vary).

2) After doing that, installed the Classic AE 2.1c (Charcoal) style (find that on DeviantArt). Major disappointment. I mean, the style looked great, but I have a toolbar in my taskbar to mimic the old Quicklaunch (I'm 46, habits have a tendency to stick). Since I stretch my taskbar over two rows rather than one, the icons on the (pseudo-)Quicklaunch toolbar in the taskbar usually wrap around to the second row. Unfortunately, this does not happen in that style, so the toolbar had >> at the right side, and a second row empty. If I stretched it, that would waste screen real estate. HOWEVER, this problem seems to be limited to that Style (Classic AE). After that, I installed a few others, and none of them had the problem. As part of that process, I discovered a style called 7clean V.1.1.1, by JongHyunPark (from DeviantArt). This is a fantastic, unobtrusive almost Mac-like style (sort of Apple, but done right!). It's beautiful/fantastic. I even was tempted to move the taskbar to the top of the screen.

What a lovely Aero style!!!! I am very happy. Thanks for encouraging me, guys.

Rob

(feel free to close off the thread).
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26 Jul 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Hello Rob. Pleased to hear you've solved your problem. Thanks for the update too.

I've reported the thread as solved. For future reference you can do the same in any new thread by clicking the red Report Post link at the top-right of the message box and type Solved in the text box that appears.
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26 Jul 2011   #14
robertcz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the info and for your help
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26 Jul 2011   #15
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

As the thread starter you can use the "mark this thread as solved" button to mark the thread closed
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26 Jul 2011   #16
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robertcz View Post
Thanks for the info and for your help
You're very welcome. We aim to please.
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26 Jul 2011   #17
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Good to hear you got it going Rob.
Jerry
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