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Windows 7: Bitmap images location(for themes).

23 Mar 2019   #11
Bitmapper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I want to modify the bitmap. This one in control panel specifically.




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23 Mar 2019   #12
Bitmapper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'd like to learn more about the general location of some bitmaps and specific like I will show below.
And I'd like to learn how I can predict where I should look for the specific I look or will be looking for.


PS. I think the background of some places in the explorer are not bitmaps but settings for color. If so I'd like to know where can I change it


I don't know why it doesn't show the images for other people.


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24 Mar 2019   #13
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bitmapper View Post
I want to modify the bitmap. This one in control panel specifically.
First of all, the control panel one and the Windows Explorer sidebar are not a bitmap, they are just simply separated by a line which is generated on the fly.


For the Windows Explorer top bar, that's part of the theme and isn't stored in any specific Windows file. Search up how to create your own custom theme, that should help.
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24 Mar 2019   #14
Bitmapper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The thing is I have changed one at the control panel. But I don't know where I can locate the one I've showed on picture.
And I don't know where or how to change colors/bitmaps on Computer folder screen. Custom themes don't help here.
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24 Mar 2019   #15
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Are you talking about the Icons (short cuts) on your desktop and the desktop colors?
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25 Mar 2019   #16
Bitmapper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wither 2 View Post
Are you talking about the Icons (short cuts) on your desktop and the desktop colors?
No, I'm talking about what I've shown on pictures. And those aren't clearly shortcuts(Icons) or desktop colors.
I'm not an expert, but those are "bitmaps" or backgrounds(colors) of explorer and control panel.


You can modify them with software like Restorator and Vista builder by opening i.e: shell32.dll.
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25 Mar 2019   #17
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. "MyComputer" screen didn't sink into my little brain.
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25 Mar 2019   #18
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bitmapper View Post
The thing is I have changed one at the control panel. But I don't know where I can locate the one I've showed on picture.
And I don't know where or how to change colors/bitmaps on Computer folder screen. Custom themes don't help here.
Just because some things use bitmaps doesn't mean others do.
For example, the glass sidebar that appears in the side of control panel items is a bitmap, while the separator on the control panel homepage you pointed at is generated on the fly. You would have to modify the code in order to change that.
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25 Mar 2019   #19
Bitmapper

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DownhillDruid67 View Post
Just because some things use bitmaps doesn't mean others do.
For example, the glass sidebar that appears in the side of control panel items is a bitmap, while the separator on the control panel homepage you pointed at is generated on the fly. You would have to modify the code in order to change that.
I'd like to know how to change this code but even then I think nobody knows where it is located.
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25 Mar 2019   #20
DownhillDruid67

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bitmapper View Post
I'd like to know how to change this code but even then I think nobody knows where it is located.
I would guess the code for drawing those lines would be in explorer.exe but this may be quite a hard task to do - stuff like this is certainly possible though as I've seen people add a way to change the time and date in the Run dialog, adding custom context menus in Explorer, even people porting the Windows Sidebar code from Vista itself to Windows XP, gadgets included! So I would have though editing the "draw a line" code to draw a bitmap would be a bit hard, but not as hard as you would think. Just experiment a bit.


The problem is that you would have to edit the hex of the file using a program like HxD because the Windows source code is not public, meaning you can't edit with a high level programming language, only the low-level assembly.
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