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Windows 7: A Very Minor but attractive Windows 7 style(skin)!

16 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
A Very Minor but attractive Windows 7 style(skin)!

So I've been looking around for new visual styles for windows 7, but had yet to find anything that really attracted me. Some of them had nice ideas but weren't so cleanly executed. I also wanted to preserve the Aero feel of Windows. But today I found something I thought was nice and subtle and might please some folks here. It's a minor mod to the orignal aero theme, sharpening the glass effect and overall giving Aero a more "clean" look. It basically changes the edges and some of the lighting of the window glass effects, and though very minor, it gives a breath of fresh air to the Windows 7. I would have loved it if Microsoft would have included such a minor change to the theme. It brings something freshness while not removing the essence of Aero. It was made for RTM, so be cautioned if you have another build!

Since it took me a while to figure out how to install skins for 7, here are the instructions for those who don't know! These should work for other visual styles too.

1) Download this theme patch: Windows 7 UXtheme Patch | MyDesktop
(where it says UxStyle Core)

2) Install the 32bit or 64bit version, depending on your windows 7 installation. You shouldn't need to restart, but if you want you may do so to be sure

3) Once its done installing, download the theme by neodesktop here:
AeroLighting For Windows 7 by ~neodesktop on deviantART

4) Open the zip file. Inside, there will be an "Aero Lighting" folder. Enter this folder, and inside you will find another folder called "AeroLighting" as well as a file of the same name. These two items, you will paste to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

5) Right click you desktop, Select personalize. Scroll down to "Installed themes", and there should be an item called Aerolighting. Click and enjoy!

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16 Aug 2009   #2

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)


Is the taskbar more transparent? This is very important to me...
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17 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

If by more transparent you mean with less of a blur, then no, sorry =/. In either case, i do believe the taskbars are exactly the same.

The only difference is the window frame.

What a shame.
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17 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

Ohhh I would like to point out that for some reason this skin seems to work much better with different color options than the default aero.
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17 Aug 2009   #5


Honestly, I fail to see the difference
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17 Aug 2009   #6


The windows are more shiny and glossy, compared to blurry.
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18 Aug 2009   #7

windows 7 x64 Home Premium

I'm running Firefox with YupYup's glass style, and this theme gives the glass a bluish tint.

Not bad... a pleasant change of pace. Thanks, napilopez!
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18 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64

Yes not bad indeed...this just makes my beloved Aero even better
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18 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7ô Home Premium x64/Sony PS3 XrossMediaBarô FW 3.30/Sony PSP XrossMediaBarô FW 6.20

Very nice theme, to me it seems to give a "OS X" look to it.
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18 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 SP1 x64

Its a nice theme!
Should be the default one in W7.
It has "something" that the default aero doesn't have...
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