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Windows 7: How to create a Windows 7 Themepack

02 Apr 2010   #1
Ayoosh

Windows 7/ Windows XP/ Mac OSX Snow leopard
 
 
How to create a Windows 7 Themepack

Hey guys i was just wondering that how you go on to create a windows 7 theme I recently install snow leopard on my PC and collected it wallpapers, sounds and respectively placed them in my windows wallpapers and media directories. Afer making the theme i decided to to save it for sharing and output was a .themepack file of only 89 kb. It was only the theme no .msstyles file, no sounds, no wallpapers just a small .themepack file. a full theme that includes .msstyles, shellstyle.dll and sounds (saved in C:\windows\media) or is everything included within the .themepack file (89kb!!). Please help


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02 Apr 2010   #2
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I'm sorry I don't understand what you are asking . Hopefully someone else will.
Welcome to the forums by the way
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02 Apr 2010   #3
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ayoosh View Post
Hey guys i was just wondering that how you go on to create a windows 7 theme I recently install snow leopard on my PC and collected it wallpapers, sounds and respectively placed them in my windows wallpapers and media directories. Afer making the theme i decided to to save it for sharing and output was a .themepack file of only 89 kb. It was only the theme no .msstyles file, no sounds, no wallpapers just a small .themepack file. a full theme that includes .msstyles, shellstyle.dll and sounds (saved in C:\windows\media) or is everything included within the .themepack file (89kb!!). Please help
Hi ayoosh ! Welcome aboard
I think what are you thinking is not true. The 89 kb .themepack doesnot include .msstyles, or shellstyle.dll or anything. It only contains windows border styles and a few wallpapers.

If you delete the snow leopard theme from C:\windows\resources\themes and then apply the .themepack you have created, that will not work perfectly. Coz it works on the basis of the shellstyle, msstyle and moreover the MUI that will be missing then. What you will only get then is border colors, wallpapers and perhaps sounds and icons, nothing more.

BTW, Ave's Windows7 Style Builder is used to create a complete win 7 theme.
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02 Apr 2010   #4
Ayoosh

Windows 7/ Windows XP/ Mac OSX Snow leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ayoosh View Post
Hey guys i was just wondering that how you go on to create a windows 7 theme I recently install snow leopard on my PC and collected it wallpapers, sounds and respectively placed them in my windows wallpapers and media directories. Afer making the theme i decided to to save it for sharing and output was a .themepack file of only 89 kb. It was only the theme no .msstyles file, no sounds, no wallpapers just a small .themepack file. a full theme that includes .msstyles, shellstyle.dll and sounds (saved in C:\windows\media) or is everything included within the .themepack file (89kb!!). Please help
Hi ayoosh ! Welcome aboard
I think what are you thinking is not true. The 89 kb .themepack doesnot include .msstyles, or shellstyle.dll or anything. It only contains windows border styles and a few wallpapers.

If you delete the snow leopard theme from C:\windows\resources\themes and then apply the .themepack you have created, that will not work perfectly. Coz it works on the basis of the shellstyle, msstyle and moreover the MUI that will be missing then. What you will only get then is border colors, wallpapers and perhaps sounds and icons, nothing more.

BTW, Ave's Windows7 Style Builder is used to create a complete win 7 theme.
Yes mate thanks for the help but i already ave VISTA /7 style builder. there are three things bcMap fixer, vista style builder and difference tool. But as far as style builder is concerned the style builder only helps me creating .msstyles not other things stored in shellstyle.dll, shellstyle.dll.mui and other things related to a theme that are present in resources folder. PLease tell me how to make shellstyle.dll, shellstyle.dll.mui and other things. WOULD I have to edit them using reshacker or resource viewer thanks
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02 Apr 2010   #5
Arc

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Hi pal, I am not an expert in this field, but I can recommend this case to my pal scoopeeedoo , he made a few good themes, and can manage the tool efficiently.
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02 Apr 2010   #6
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Hi Ayoosh & welcome to the forum, dude!

I'm gonna try to answer to your first question;
if you want a theme to use sounds, wallpapers & even screensaver of your choice, you have to edit the "xxxxx.theme" file in itself. I add some screenshot to show you how to do...
If you wanna share that theme, you will have to furnish the "xxxxx.theme" file PLUS the "xxxxx" folder which contains vsstyle, shellstyle, your walls & a custom "mmres.dll" for sounds (you can do that with ResourceHacker).
You'll see in my exemple, i made a wall folder into my theme folder and "said" to the theme to use them... (words are blur, images more explicit...)
I'm a beginner too, so i'm not good enough in editing "shellstyle" & stuffs like that...
I learned that it is less important to do in 7 than in Vista (don't ask me why, i don't know... ). Of course there are some cool things to do, like changing the side for the navigation panel (with a custom "shell32"), if you browse the WSB forum or DeviantArt, you will find some tips...
Here are some links about that which could match your search...
Move the navig pane to right by Rajtheeban95 on DA
Shellstyle-Windowblinds-Win7 by amaeli on DA
Formatting UIFILEs for readability by Panda X on WSB forum

It's not so much but i hope it will help you a little!!!

If you have any question, don't hesitate! scoopeeedoo

EDIT : sorry, i made a mistake about the time interval in image 4 : 10min = 600000... .
If you find this hard to figure out, contact me, we'll organize something...
EDIT 2 : erratum about the sounds... it seems to be harder than this, i have to go deeper in this experience... but i'm gonna see that...!


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02 Apr 2010   #7
Arc

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Nice , Friend . I knew that you are the right person to guide him
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02 Apr 2010   #8
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Nice , Friend . I knew that you are the right person to guide him
Thanks Arc! Do you feel this clear enough???
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02 Apr 2010   #9
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
Thanks Arc! Do you feel this clear enough???
To me, no doubt ! Now let us wait and see what Ayoosh thinks .
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02 Apr 2010   #10
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Ok, i have the solution for the sounds...
Hang on, let's go!
This is what you have to do :

1 - copy all your sounds in your theme folder in c:\Windows\Resources\Themes (so you will have a "walls" folder, an "Icons" folder if you wish too, and a "Sounds" folder)
2 - Using the "Sounds" tool in "Personalize", create your sound scheme and name it when it's finished
3 - go to registry ("start menu > accessories > execute" then type "regedit" and press "ok" and go to the key "HKEY_CURRENTUSER\AppEvents\Schemes
4 - right clic on it and "export" the key to anywhere you want, you will add it in the folder you will share, users will double clic that key to write it in the registry, then choose the scheme in "Personalize > sounds"
6 - don't make any change in the "xxxxx.theme" file, so... I'm gonna have a try but i'm not sure to can make it auto at the theme install... ...

Don't worry here are some screenshot, this way is tested...

EDIT : note that the first "attached image" comes before the last "attached thumbnails"..

Of course, for sharing, sounds must be in the same folder than when your register your scheme... (so, into your theme folder, with the walls and all the rest...)


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