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Import windows 7 themes to windows 8 & 8.1: Mega Tutorial

Hello everyone, have you ever wondered or wished that some of of your coolest windows 7 theme should have been built for 8 & 8.1? Don’t you worry, in this tutorial I will teach how to successfully port a windows 7 theme to 8 & 8.1

Hassle free, easy steps with pictures.

Special thanks to Mr Grim

Step1.

First of all you need WSB(Windows style builder) here it is Link

Then you need some modified files for this WSB (Download all attachments included at the end of the post).

Now after downloading and installing WSB, open the programs files of WSB then open folder->Data.

Then replace the files with newly downloaded attachments.

Step2.

Start the application then goto to Open -> Import a Windows 7 style.

Navigate and open a windows 7 .msstyles file

After successfully opening, don’t do anything just click on save.

Step3.

Restart WSB and open the saved .msstyles (the new .msstyles which you saved in step 2) and test it and see if it’s working.If it isn’t repeat step 2.

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Congratulations! You have successfully imported the theme now we just need some modifications to make the theme work properly!

Step4.

Goto Explorer & Shell > Explorer > ProperTree > Navigation Text

Add a textcolor property to above location.

Step5.

Now save your .msstyle and test it!

You will find some problems in your new theme.import2

General problems and their fixes:

1.) In my computer, you will noice the right side part is white,

you can change that color at:

Explorer & Shell > Explorer > ProperTree > Background > FILLCOLOR:COLOR

and change the colors of the properties inside this:

Explorer & Shell > Explorer > Items View > ItemsView > Details

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2.)import3Most of the times I noticed in My computer that this area in the image is white( almost every time)

To change this color/image, navigate to below mentioned 4 places and change the color or image:

Toolbars, Headers, & Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Aero > Normal > Active > Background

Toolbars, Headers, & Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Aero > Normal > Inactive > Background

Toolbars, Headers, & Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Aero > Max > Active > Background

Toolbars, Headers, & Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Aero > Max > Inactive > Background

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3.)After import your theme will have default navigation buttonsimport5

You can change them at:

Buttons, Boxes, & Controls > Buttons > Navigation

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4.)

import6The text color in windows explorer is black as you can see in the image attached.

It’s almost unreadable in dark themes.

To change the color navigate to:

Explorer & Shell > Explorer > Items View > ItemsView > FILLCOLOR:COLOR

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5.) The Jumplist Bug and it’s FIX is HERE

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6.)Windows Title background colorimport7

Go to Fonts, Colors, & System Metrics > Colors (Globals) and change the COLORIZATIONCOLOR:INT

Go into your theme file. Change AutoColorization to equal zero and then add a ColorizationColor that is exactly the same as the one you added in the above step.

 

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How to add themeable control panel images and side panel images

In order to have those images which we had in windows 7 themes using Theme Resource Changer, we need to have OldNewExplorer installed and we need modified Shellstyle.dll file.

After installing OldNewExplorer , navigate to your theme folder like  C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Alienware Eclipse Biohazard Edition

Now open the folder shell then open NormalColor folder and replace the shellstyle.dll file with the one I provide.

Download link is at the bottom.

After that open your theme in wsb and navigate to:import00

Explorer & Shell > Explorer > Control Panel > ControlPanel > NavigationPane

-The image 1 in wsb under navigationPane is the Image 632 from shell32.dll i.e the side image which appear in control panel, personalization etc.

-The second one is the image that appears over the above image in control panel. (see the corresponding image)

-The 3rd one is the image in control panel, see this is the image:
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-To change Windows orb that appears when you open system properties, change the image at this place:

Explorer & Shell > Explorer > Control Panel > ControlPanel > ContentPane > <1>

-To change Genuine orb that appears in system properties at the bottom, change the image at this place:

Explorer & Shell > Explorer > Control Panel > ControlPanel > ContentPane > <2>

 

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How to repair jumplist icons and images in windows 8.1 themes

Windows 8.1 .msstyle had some changes and there was no start in 8/8.1 so the location of jumplist was changed. In this post i”ll show you how you can modify your windows 8 theme to work on 8.1. The windows 8 theme runs good on 8.1 but there is a jumplist problem. You can see the image that how the jumplist look when we apply the windows 8 theme on 8.1:

Fix:

Remove all properties from:

Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Panels > Programs List

Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Panels > Programs List Extended

Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Panels > Programs List Separator

Now add the properties

WIDTH:INT of 16 to Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Panels > Programs List

WIDTH:INT of 5 and HEIGHT:INT of 2 to Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Panels > Programs List Extended

WIDTH:INT of 4 and HEIGHT:INT of 10 to Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Panels > Programs List Separator

Remove all properties from Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Programs List > Controls > More Programs Arrow

To see the Pin icons do everything I said in the above post and then remove all properties from Start Menu > Panels > Basic > Places List > Panels > Places List

jumplist fixand add property WIDTH:INT of 26 to it.

Jumplist part 1 (see attached image)

You can change this image by replacing the image from Start Menu > Panels > Aero >Top > Program List > More Programs Extended

Jumplist part 2

To change this part , you have to change the colorization color from the .theme file

 

Jumplist part 3

To add this image to jumplist, replace Start Menu > Panels > Aero>Top>Place List > Place List Extanded

and replace

jumplist 2

 

Start Menu > Panels > Aero>Top>Place List > Place List Separator

After performing above steps, you will fix the jumplist for window 8.1 theme.

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How to use custom theme’s on Win7?

 

 

This is the post written to teach you all that how you should enable and use custom third party theme’s on windows 7.
Basically you need 2 softwares:
1. Universal theme Patcher.
2. Theme Resource changer.

Follow these steps:

 

1. First open the software universal theme patcher and patch the 3 files, after that reboot you PC.
2. Install theme resource changer.
3. If you have installer to install theme then it’s fine but if not then you can move your theme files to :

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

4. Done ! Enjoy your theme

Note For Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic Users:

If you can’t find personalization panel (right click on desktop) then you need a software to be installed before following the above steps.
Program Name: Aero Patch

 

Download Links :

Aero Patch by Mr. dUSHA

Universal Theme Patcher

Theme Resource Changer

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