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    Theme - Customize Custom Themes

    Theme - Customize Custom Themes

    How to Customize a Custom Theme from deviantArt
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    Theme - Customize custom themes

    This tutorial will show you how to customize a custom theme with custom taskbar, start menu etc.
    To do this you need:

    • ·A pre made custom theme from DeviantArt, in this tutorial I will be using one called Dark7mix
    • ·Restorator (Shareware) or any other editor that is able to edit the msstyles file
    • ·Photo editing software, Photoshop, Fireworks,, Gimp etc.
    • ·Basic Photo Editing experience

    Now go to Dark7mix Theme UPDATED by ~adrianodj25 on deviantART to download the pre made theme.

    Unpack the rar/zip file, using winrar or a similar tool.

    Now move the folder including the themepack file to: (Your drive letter):\Windows\Resources\Themes)

    Now that you got the theme, go to the msstyles file (Inside the dark7mix folder, there should be a file called dark7mix)
    Open that file with Restorator (or similar) and extract it to a new folder on your desktop.
    Now all the images needed will be located in the new folder on your desktop (The one called IMAGE)

    To apply the images to the theme, switch to the windows 7 default theme, log off, log on, go to the theme folder (C:\Windows\Resources\Themes) Open the msstyles file, and edit the images as you wish to. Now hit save. Now go select the theme (right click, Personalization) and apply. If you have done it right the changes should show. When you want to apply a new change, do this step over again.

    The taskbar images in this theme are 921 and 1166. Customize these as you wish to.

    The start menu pictures are the following: 870, 871, 872, 873, 875, 876, 880, 881, 882, 883, 884.
    Customize these as you wish.

    These are the scroll bar images: 769 (Vertical) and 770 (Horizontal)
    Customize these as you wish.

    Now you got the basics location of the files, try to mess around with these and more, usually you can easy figure out which image is where. If you got any questions or need a particular image location, give me a PM or ask a question in the thread and I will try to help you.

    Have fun :)

    Useful links:
    Adobe Photoshop CS4 30-Day Trial: Adobe - Downloads (Freeware):

    Gimp (Freeware): GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

  1. Posts : 1,027
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64

    Fabulous keep up the great tutorials Sergio.
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  2. Posts : 321
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

    Just wanted to share..

    the command module is number 1010
    and the preview pane is number 1022

    Theme - Customize Custom Themes-untitled.png
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  3. Posts : 2,651
    W7 RTM Ultimate x64

    Shame the numbers arent all the same for every theme, it makes it alot harder to modify.
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  4. Posts : 321
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

    I think it gives the same numbers for VSB users
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  5. Posts : 4,755
    Thread Starter

    VSB has different sections like Taskbar, Buttons, boxes etc so it is a lot easier to use than doing it this way
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  6. Posts : 2,651
    W7 RTM Ultimate x64

    it is, but its still confusing everytime i edit something, it comes out in NON aero form
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  7. Posts : 58
    Windows 7 Ultimate 7600 RTM - Windows Server 2008 R2 7600 RTM Dual Boot

    edrik said:
    Just wanted to share..

    the command module is number 1010
    and the preview pane is number 1022

    Theme - Customize Custom Themes-untitled.png

    Do you mind uploading your theme? And your explorerframe if it's x64. I tried moding my frames but when I log off and log on explorrer won't run and I get an error.
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  8. Posts : 133
    windows 7 home premium sp1 x86

    can anybody tell me where to find a restorator like program thats free?
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  9. Posts : 80
    Win 7

    Anolis Resourcer for x32 and x64

    Anolis - Releases
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