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Windows 7: Start menu Aero Theme Color Change

03 Mar 2011   #21
Six9siX

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

Well nice work U have done here.
As for the 777 or 808 I see in the top first pic that 58px is it's maximum width but can't remember why (the consequences)
it should be 150px like the shutdown back.
U can try to increase the size to 150x54 or if its not working make a stretchable pic/background.
Pic 2 is for left side S.M. color change
Under "variant" extract NORMAL.res and replace the color then import it back.




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03 Mar 2011   #22
ghazalo

Win 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

thanks my friend for the compliment but i guess my work is not done yet

about the right side background (808) i want to use pic not a plane color which can be stretched and i tried the (58 x 422)px the length i guess fine(it is not stretching) but the width is not working either 58 or 150 nothing fit so i think there will be some order to stop stretching it

the last sentese you wrote is it about the font color for the left side
actually i am using neo hex editor and i am not understanding anything of what u wrote or which file to edit
can you give me more details because if it is the left side font i am interested a lot to change the color of it
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03 Mar 2011   #23
Six9siX

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

Yes that pic show left colors for start menu.
Try this there's also addresses for other colors
Normal.res HeX colors
In the pic is shown how to extract normal.res (like any .png)
Then open it in hex editor
in the editor look on the left side the addresses
only few numbers (example):
so we need 2C1E0
on the left find address (in most cases U will find only similar number/letters)
2C1 _ _ (if is not shown)then scroll right and find the right one 2C1E0
select it, replace and save.
Every address that I found is the starting one (U need replace three of them)
1XX 2XX 3XX


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04 Mar 2011   #24
ghazalo

Win 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

can i ask you 3 more things? once u r the super hero of the themes

1) what is the address for the right side text color (the left is 17688 so what is the right just in case i changed the photo?

2) in this hex editor cant we stop stretching the 808(because i want to put pic not plane color and there is no such program can shrink the pic and the win re expand it and the result stay same resolution)?

3)there is no such easier way or program can deal with all these themes i heard the (WINDOWBLINDS) is that correct?

appreciate your help


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04 Mar 2011   #25
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ghazalo View Post
3)there is no such easier way or program can deal with all these themes i heard the (WINDOWBLINDS) is that correct?

appreciate your help
Here is a great program not free about $22 US
Ave's Windows7 Style Builder
Jerry
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04 Mar 2011   #26
Six9siX

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

2) don't know if it is possible

this is what I found so far


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04 Mar 2011   #27
Sunimar

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Six9siX View Post
First make a backup of the aero.msstyles file!!!
What U need is :
1. Restorator - for extracting/importing files in to aero.msstyles
2. Some graphical software - that can edit png files.
3. XVI32 - Hex editor for variant/normal color

1,2 are needed and 3 is optional because most of the colors are in png pictures.

When U have all that is needed
then copy aero.msstyles to some place easy for work/find
-start restorator
-open aero.msstyles (look the left side)
-find IMAGE and select it
-all basic and aero are in 508.png - 1108.png (picture 971.png is under STREAM)
In the earlier posts U can find the picture numbers for the start menu.
U need to edit only the white color on the pictures if U wish to replace only that.
Or U can download this pdf with some info what number is what picture (7600 win7 x64)
Aero Pic-Id.pdf
This is crazy1 but can you suggest some Graphical editor as i got Restorator & Neo Hex Editor.
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04 Mar 2011   #28
Six9siX

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

I use photoshop & paint.net (is better for transparency)
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05 Mar 2011   #29
Sunimar

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Six9siX View Post
I use photoshop & paint.net (is better for transparency)
Can you tell me which version of Photoshop because i can't use latest Photoshop CS as it require a minimum of 4GB RAM while i got only 2GB...also let me know if older version can achieve the same as well. Will get Paint.net in the meanwhile as i love transparency.....If its not too much can you suggest an alternative for Photoshop??? Thanx Buddy!!!
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05 Mar 2011   #30
Six9siX

7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

Just get
www.paint.net
is free .
I have the latest x64 version of CS photoshop and 8GB ram.
Before of that the job was finished with regular photoshop 7.
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