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Taskbar - Customize Skin

How to Customize the Windows 7 Taskbar Skin
Published by killercat
21 Feb 2009
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How to Customize the Windows 7 Taskbar Skin

information   Information
Hereís something for those, who are stuck with the Basic skin, and donít like the default Taskbar appearance...
Taskbar - Customize Skin-basic_bar_default.jpg
...but would rather have it look different:
Taskbar - Customize Skin-basic_bar1.jpg
Unfortunately, the Basic Taskbar appearance can't be changed thru settings, but requires you to alter the image files it's based on. This said, as the images are only a few pixels big, it's not difficult at all.

Taskbar - Customize Skin STEP ONE Taskbar - Customize Skin
1. Download the Uxtheme patch in order to use these modifications.
WARNING: Make sure you download the right files! As always, make backups of the files you alter, as thereís always a chance to break something. Especially when messing around with system files.

2. In there youíll need the 829.png to 832.png and 990.png to 993.png files. For build 7229, you'll need the 841.png to 844.png and 1010.png to 1013.png files instead.
NOTE: I created a little overview. Here you can see, where the images are used.
Taskbar - Customize Skin-basic_bar_pos.jpg
3. Apply the Uxtheme patch (If not already done before).

4. Take ownership of aero.msstyles (so you can overwrite it).

5. Create a backup of aero.msstyles.

Taskbar - Customize Skin STEP TWO Taskbar - Customize Skin
How to Edit
1. Open your aero.msstyles backup with Resource Tuner (or a comparable tool)

2. Extract the image files.

3. Modify the file(s) to your liking.

4. In Resource Tuner select Edit Resource to add the edited image.
NOTE: The file name has to be the same as the original file.

5. Select Save File as and create a copy of aero.msstyles somewhere

6. Replace the old file with the newly created one

7. Change to a different Scheme and back to apply your settings

Tip   Tip
I have attached the plain black bar in a ZIP file below for those who want to see what it looks like without having to edit something. Click on the Download button below to download the ZIP file.
21 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7, Windows Vista

Nice Guide Killer Kat. Just What I Was Looking For lol.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2009   #2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook

Nice work. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2009   #3


great work...killercat

i shall have a toy with this later.....

My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Apr 2009   #4

Win7 7068
Updated info for build 7068 ...


Thanks for the great post! However, I think the resources have changed for build 7068 upwards... the png's don't match those you mention in your tut.

Any chance of updating this for??

Thanks again!
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02 May 2009   #5

windows 7

Hello everyone

I think that png's are changing with build numbers. If I do something for 7100 I'll post it here but I'll be gratefull if someone posts some black basic skin (love ati 7500)
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11 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 RC x32

So anyone know resource numbers for RC 7100?
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18 May 2009   #7

Windows 7

Yeah does anyone know how to modify this for RC 7100? Trying to apply this causes explorer.exe not to work and force me to system restore.

Ive looked through the aero.msstyle for the actual .png file for the taskbar but can't find it. I can find and replace the skin for the start menu but alas not the most important one ~ the taskbar.

(BTW my comp can't run aero, no GFX card)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jun 2009   #8

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

Regarding step 2,
for those struggling to find the resource's, the images for build 7229 are as follows:

841.png upto 844.png and then 1010.png upto 1013.png

This maybe the same for other builds.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

resource editing.....system 32 files love it! (not really)
now there's a field of which i have A LOT of experience in. I semi-sucessfully modified most of the files in XP (a boredom project) with out (much) problem. good to know i can do it in 7 too.... just another part of my OCD w/ customizing things :)
or better all the 7 resources, and add them to xp muhuhahahaha....sorry, got carried away. thanks for the info guys.
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