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Windows 7: Changing Textures?

26 Mar 2010   #1
Phrosen

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Changing Textures?

Hi.
Does anyone know how to change the textures; such as the texture on the Start Menu, Taskbar, etc.

I would imagine that it's located in explorer.exe somewhere? But I don't know where.


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26 Mar 2010   #2
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Not sure if there is anything built into Win 7 that allows you to change the texture, you might check in the tutorial section here on the forums.

There are third party applications which aid in the changing of just about anything; the one I use at present is Windowblinds, though there are others. Just do a Google, and you will be sure to find something out there in the wild.
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26 Mar 2010   #3
Arc

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Hi pal !
Are you trying to make themes? I know what's the program they use. its Ave's Windows7 Style Builder .

It will allow you to change many parts of the themes GUI
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26 Mar 2010   #4
Phrosen

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Hi pal !
Are you trying to make themes? I know what's the program they use. its Ave's Windows7 Style Builder .

It will allow you to change many parts of the themes GUI

I will try that program and see if that is what I'm looking for, thanks for the tip. =)


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Not sure if there is anything built into Win 7 that allows you to change the texture, you might check in the tutorial section here on the forums.

There are third party applications which aid in the changing of just about anything; the one I use at present is Windowblinds, though there are others. Just do a Google, and you will be sure to find something out there in the wild.
Yes, Windows Blinds is what I am currently using. So I figured that "if Windows Blinds can do it, so can I!"
I just don't know how Windows Blinds is doing it. :P
-There must be a way to do it without using a program that does it for you. I bet Resource Hacker could help me work this out, somehow.
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26 Mar 2010   #5
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phrosen;648733

Yes, Windows Blinds is what I am currently using. So I figured that "if Windows Blinds can do it, so can I!"
I just don't know [B
how[/B] Windows Blinds is doing it. :P
-There must be a way to do it without using a program that does it for you. I bet Resource Hacker could help me work this out, somehow.
Sorry for interfering, pal!
But I think windowblinds is not the mainstream windows theming, though it is very much popular (I also used it with xp and vista). If you want to build windowblinds themes, use stardock skin studio.

And your last statement is almost true. Resource hacker can hack and change almost all parts of you system resources (look at my sig, I figured out the way to hack imageres.dll). As about startmenu and taskbar, they are situated in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. Just put a third party theme there, and apply it, it will be changed. So you are to make a third party theme. That is why you need Style Builder
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27 Mar 2010   #6
Phrosen

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Hi pal !
Are you trying to make themes? I know what's the program they use. its Ave's Windows7 Style Builder .

It will allow you to change many parts of the themes GUI

That seems to be like the kind of program that I am looking for.
However there's no trial version to try it out?
I can't afford to buy it just to test it.

If I understood it correctly, it can create .theme files that one simply puts in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, then they can be applied by double-clicking on that file?
(Inside the .theme file is information about textures and whatnot.)
Am I right?
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27 Mar 2010   #7
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phrosen View Post
That seems to be like the kind of program that I am looking for.
However there's no trial version to try it out?
I can't afford to buy it just to test it.

If I understood it correctly, it can create .theme files that one simply puts in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, then they can be applied by double-clicking on that file?
(Inside the .theme file is information about textures and whatnot.)
Am I right?
For your first question, in the ave's site, there is no trial version. But you may () search it in Google.

For your second question, you are absolutely right

Best of luck, friend!
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27 Mar 2010   #8
Phrosen

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
For your first question, in the ave's site, there is no trial version. But you may () search it in Google.

For your second question, you are absolutely right

Best of luck, friend!

Sounds like just the thing I need, then.

I can't find it anywhere, though.
I think I found some "cracked" version yesterday, linked to some youtube clip..
But I don't trust such files, and I just want a trial version. :P

Would be great if someone could link me to a working, virus free, (preferably) legal version of the software.
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27 Mar 2010   #9
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phrosen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
For your first question, in the ave's site, there is no trial version. But you may () search it in Google.

For your second question, you are absolutely right

Best of luck, friend!

Sounds like just the thing I need, then.

I can't find it anywhere, though.
I think I found some "cracked" version yesterday, linked to some youtube clip..
But I don't trust such files, and I just want a trial version. :P

Would be great if someone could link me to a working, virus free, (preferably) legal version of the software.


It does not get anymore legal than this under $23 US Ave's Windows7 Style Builder
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27 Mar 2010   #10
Phrosen

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
It does not get anymore legal than this under $23 US Ave's Windows7 Style Builder
Except that is not a trial version.
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