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Windows 7: How to change windows folder bg

04 Feb 2010   #11
Sedesikus

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 

Ok, i did it. I was using info found on this forum and • View forum - Windows 7 msstyle modifications

Links to posts on this forum:
POST #24

post 1 - hex adress for parts of explorer

Now almost everything that is written here can be found in those posts, and forums. I just gathered the info in one post.

Software used:
Restorator
EF Commander free
Hex Editor XVI32
Any graphic editor(like photoshop, used only for number of color in hex(like white is FC FC FC)

Steps:
1) Open restorator, load aero.msstyles go to VARIANT and click on NORMAL and extract as NORMAL.res
2) Open NORMAL.res in Hex Editor. GO TO adress posted in Six9siX's post (2c180 and similar). They might to be different, but will not be far from that adress, just search for FC FC FC.
3) Change to chosen color(in hex so for eg. 55 72 70)
4) save file(overwrite NORMAL.res)
5) Go back/open Restorator and drag NORMAL.res to NORMAL in restorator. There should be a little arrow on the NORMAL file within Restorator after this.
6) Save file
7) Ctrl+Ald+del to open manager
8) Right click on desktop choose Personalize and choose basic windows.
9) open EF Commander Free and browse to the aero folder in windows/resources, and to aero file you just modded.
10) Turn off process Explorer.exe in the manager
11) Copy modified aero.msstyles to windows/resources(overwrite)
12) in the manager clik File>...new... and enter explorer.exe.
13) Apply the earo style in Personalize.


Sorry for bad names of windows and stuff to open, but i dont have english language in my system.
Also if you have truble overwriting files in windows/resources/ you will have to use little software called TakeOwnership.

Tell me If you find something from here not clear or confusing. Will edit for better understanding.

Sorry for my english.


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05 Feb 2010   #12
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Here you go, I made a Gray theme for you, just put it in the themes folder, put the msstyles in the aero Folder and the theme file in the theme folder and it will be under your installed themes, if you haven't patched your system files then you will have to do so to run the theme, I use VistaGlazz for this task which can patch and restore the files you need to change. Aero Gray.zip
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06 Feb 2010   #13
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow, I spent hours doing this theme for you and I don't even get a reply
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06 Feb 2010   #14
Cato

 

Fantastic, Mr. Grim! I've been looking for this forever it seems. Thanks.
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06 Feb 2010   #15
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cato View Post
Fantastic, Mr. Grim! I've been looking for this forever it seems. Thanks.
Your welcome, I'm glad someone can appreciate my efforts
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08 Feb 2010   #16
Rockemsock

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Wow, I spent hours doing this theme for you and I don't even get a reply
Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on my computer since I last posted. However, I did just try to install your theme and unfortunately I lose all Aero aspects of the windows when I install it. The bg of windows explorer is indeed grey, but so is much of the rest of the windows components.

For now, I've just been living with the white bg.

I haven't tried Vistaglazz yet, but I assumed that I didn't need to use that because my system is up to date (or so I believe...since my OS was installed last week).
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09 Feb 2010   #17
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockemsock View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Wow, I spent hours doing this theme for you and I don't even get a reply
Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on my computer since I last posted. However, I did just try to install your theme and unfortunately I lose all Aero aspects of the windows when I install it. The bg of windows explorer is indeed grey, but so is much of the rest of the windows components.

For now, I've just been living with the white bg.

I haven't tried Vistaglazz yet, but I assumed that I didn't need to use that because my system is up to date (or so I believe...since my OS was installed last week).
VistaGlazz was for patching the system files to allow custom themes, if you don't use that or something similar custom themes wont work.



This is how it was meant to look, I coloured a few other bits Gray as well so they all matched the theme because I thought you might like it that way but if all you want is the main treeview and details pane coloured then I can do that easy enough.
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10 Feb 2010   #18
Rockemsock

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post

This is how it was meant to look, I coloured a few other bits Gray as well so they all matched the theme because I thought you might like it that way but if all you want is the main treeview and details pane coloured then I can do that easy enough.
Perfect!!! I love it!!! You da' man!!!

Vistaglazz did the trick.
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