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Author Topic: Do you use any Desktop Theme Software on Windows?  (Read 14081 times)
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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2007, 02:28:24 AM »

Interestingly the very first uxtheme.dll patch came from the styleXP crowd. I recall back then that they marketed their program to beginners but offered a patched dll as a download for 'experienced' users.

In fact their app really just performed the same patching but did so in ram making it a temporary change.
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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2007, 02:35:10 AM »

I have been using Stardock software for 10 years, and I often have windows blinds on - although usually on a more minimalistic, feature rich skin than on eye candy  undecided
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« Reply #27 on: October 06, 2009, 08:09:58 AM »

I purchased WindowBlinds today so I can use this cool theme.

Here is a screenshot of my computer:


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« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2009, 11:13:47 AM »

I swear for Allure (to patch uxtheme in-memory) and the Foton Compact visual style when I'm ok, and the XXL High contrast colourscheme when I can't see.
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« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2009, 10:18:03 AM »

i'm curious about Allure, if the patching is done in memory. what will happen when the user reboots with a non-standard theme/style? i couldn't find any info on this at their site.
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« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2009, 10:24:29 AM »

i'm curious about Allure, if the patching is done in memory. what will happen when the user reboots with a non-standard theme/style? i couldn't find any info on this at their site.

You get the standard windows theme for a second, and then allure kicks in and you get your custom theme.
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« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2009, 10:39:03 AM »

not me -- i prefer the plain minimalist windows 2000 (Windows Classic) theme.  makes me feel all calm inside smiley

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« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2009, 12:16:11 PM »

not me -- i prefer the plain minimalist windows 2000 (Windows Classic) theme.  makes me feel all calm inside smiley
I had the same thoughts for years but since I found SlanXP2 theme I changed my mind...
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« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2009, 12:57:51 PM »

I try many but keep ending back with Royale Noir
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« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2009, 02:41:58 PM »

not me -- i prefer the plain minimalist windows 2000 (Windows Classic) theme.  makes me feel all calm inside smiley
I had the same thoughts for years but since I found SlanXP2 theme I changed my mind...
SlanXP2 theme looks good,
maybe a bit dark for my taste http://lassekongo83.devia...m/art/SlanXP-2-0-51492944

I usually use the classic theme as well - but I dont like the default grey especially, and I tend to mess around with the colours on top every now & again


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« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2009, 03:03:39 PM »

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Slan was too dark for me at the beginning but I've used to it.

Or maybe I had some predispositions for it? AFAIR I had always had "black to red" colour set for title bar and black desktop wallpaper within Classic theme.

P.S. Where are you working? I could swear that I saw the same settings as yours on some training video recently Wink
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« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2009, 03:14:09 PM »

P.S. Where are you working? I could swear that I saw the same settings as yours on some training video recently Wink

they must have copied from one of my screenshots here at dc Wink

macs also use a very lite grey -
maybe they copied me too cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2009, 05:08:57 PM »

I don't use any desktop theme on my Vista, (other than light-blue Vista altered by QTTabbar and StExBar), even though I really don't like the colours. I would rather like it to use some fancy, updated aero-glass version of XP's Silver - I just don't know where or how to get it and set it.
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« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2009, 06:21:28 PM »

Same as Curt, here. I have Vista running Aero and that's it... I dallied with WindowBlinds under XP Pro for years trying to find the perfect Vista theme!

[Off-topic] my Windows 7 disc is in the mail so I'll be upgrading to it, soon  Grin[/Off-topic]
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« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2009, 07:39:06 PM »

shameless plug: Curt you might like one of my two Vista styles both are ports of lassekongo83's, designer of the already mentioned SlanXP.

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« Reply #40 on: October 09, 2009, 06:26:34 PM »

@Eóin,  
- you were warned. I did say I don't use themes, meaning I have no idea what to do!
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1) When I click Desktop > Change Theme, Vista is asking me for a *.Theme-file.
So what do I do with the CleanGlass (♥) folder, which has no .Theme files, please?

Can I say right away that I only would like to change the look of Explorer, if possible.
Everything else is already looking good... As is CleanGlass :-)
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« Reply #41 on: October 09, 2009, 06:53:02 PM »

I use VistaGlazz on Vista64 with the Purple theme.  The only negative side-effect I've noticed is that desktop icon position save/restore programs don't seem to work.  That provided the impetus to get rid of desktop icons altogether.  I use RocketDock with 6 folders to hold my shortcuts in various categories.

It's nice with W7 that you don't have to patch anything to apply themes.
On XP I really like the Shine_vs Theme

The trouble with Shine though, is centering the caption obliterates too much text on dialog and message boxes.  I tried to hack it myself with a resource hacker but I could never get it right. All themes I use, for that reason, have left justified captions.


Here's some screenshots.  The wallpapers I did with fractal programs.


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* VistaDesk.jpg (219.52 KB, 1280x1024 - viewed 259 times.)
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« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2010, 05:12:53 AM »

bumping...  embarassed


1) When I click Desktop > Change Theme, Vista is asking me for a *.Theme-file.
So what do I do with the CleanGlass folder, which has no .Theme files, please?


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« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2010, 06:45:57 AM »

- you were warned. I did say I don't use themes, meaning I have no idea what to do!

From the text file included in the themes ...

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"Requirements: Windows XP with a patched uxtheme.dll file.

An universal uxtheme patcher for XP can be found here:
http://www.softpedia.com/...XTheme-MultiPatcher.shtml

Doubleclick on the *.msstyles file to use the theme."
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« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2010, 07:08:37 AM »

-thanks, tanis424
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