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Windows 8

Transparency on Windows 8 & 8.1 without Aero Glass

Ever wanted to have transparency like Windows 7 on your windows 8/8.1 system? I bet you do.I came across Aero Glass but it wasn’t working for me.Every time I installed that little piece of software, it showed me “Incompatible DWM” and an ugly Watermark on bottom right of my desktop.I even tried to restart after installing it and all I got was a black screen & a message “Incompatible DWM” after logging in.So I started digging up the internet but I couldn’t find any best alternative to this but I do found some softwares which helped me to achieve usable transparency ( without aero blur ).

I couldn’t find any article on the internet which showed how to use these software’s together to achieve a true , stable transparency, so here I am writing this tutorial.All you gonna need is these 2 software’s (Download link at the bottom) :

  • WinaeroGlass.exeblendsettings
  • bLend.exe

First apply your theme let’s say aero it is.Now launch WinaeroGlass.exe. This doesn’t have any GUI interface, you just have to double click it and it will start and you will see transparent windows border.You are not done yet.The problem with this software alone is that you will find some flickering transparent windows when you move them and you will see you really can’t use those transparent windows so we are gonna need our second software bLend.exe.

After you are done with above steps, launch bLend.exe (with administrator rights).  A window will popup, the settings you need to change are highlighted in red in the image.

That’s all folks! You will love your new transparent borders on windows 8 and 8.1 systems.This is not working on Windows 10.

You might even want to  try my glass theme which works using these two software’s, here’s Infinitum VS


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Tutorials

Unlock Inuse files on Windows

inuseEver came across an issue that you wanted to rename, move, replace or perform any action on a file on Windows but windows pops up annoying message “The action cannot completed because this file is open in something or someone is using this file” or other similar annoying messages.?

Here’s a simple application Unlocker to encounter this problem.

Unlocker is a small application ( probably the best one ) which adds an option in right click context menu to unlock any in use file so that you can perform your action on it.

This is a freeware application which you can download here

It even support’s command line arguments!

iPack Builder v2.2

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iPack Builder v2 is the successor of the iPack Builder version 1. Version 1 was simple and didn’t allowed much more options,but that gave me an idea to develop much more advanced version and result is this.

If you  have made iPack with any older version ( current version is 2.2) , instead of remaking your iPack with new iPack builder, just upgrade your iPack.


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What it is?

With this tool you can make icon pack installers in exe format. The installer will work perfectly on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 both x86 and x64. The idea was simple enough that we wanted to patch windows dll’s exe and other things without messing around.The existing solutions were in stable and took a great amount of time.

Why is this better than 7tsp:

  • You can uninstall the pack from control panel just like you remove any other software
  • More reliable scripting
  • Faster method.
  • Advance installer
  • You don’t need any other software to install the pack.
  • Simple interface, just click on buttons and install the pack.
  • Packs built with iPack Builder and for 7tsp are nearly of same size.
  • 7tsp cannot patch in Program files folders (only wmplayer I guess) but with iPacks you can patch in program files folder
  • iPacks are smart enough to check if x64 windows, if found x64 windows then it will patch both x86 and x64 dll files.

 

What’s new in this version compared to iPack Builder Version 1:

  • The previous version could only patch limited predefined files but this will look up for file, if found then only patch it!
  • This version saves ACL files.
  • Pack’s built with this version can be uninstalled from the control panel
  • Much more reliable scripting.
  • Multilingual support in the installer ( English , Spanish, Russian, German )
  • Pack’s built with this version are smaller.

 


 

FAQ:

 

You have a question regarding iPack? We have the answer! Read below the FAQ, feel free to ask questions in comment section.

How to Upgrade an existing iPack to the latest version?

Instead of remaking you iPack again and again with the release of new iPack Builder, you can upgrade them.

Upgrading your icon pack installer ( iPack ) is very simple, just launch iPack Builder.exe and you will notice a big blue “Upgrade” button.Click on that and follow instructions.Done!

How to modify res files or any other data in iPack after they are built?

Form version 2.1.1, modifying an iPack is pretty straight forward.

Click on modify button,select iPack. Wait for it to unpack and everything will be loaded in iPack Builder.You just have to edit items and rebuild the iPack.

How to uninstall an iPack?

There are 3 ways to start the uninstaller:

1.From the control panel, uninstall the pack just like you uninstall any other software.

2.Start the iPack application you downloaded again and it will be in uninstall mode.

3. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Pack Name\ and run iPack_Installer.exe

(Program Files (x86) in case of 64 bit windows )

Is iPack Builder avaibale in any other language except english?

Currently the iPack Builder is only available in English, but the iPack’s built with this tool support 4 languages:
-English
-Spanish
-German
-Russian

iPacks installed but icons are not changed!

Sometimes the icons cache and thumb cache fail to reload. In such situations you should use the tool “Reload Icons.exe” if you still don’t see the icons changed then you can restart ,after that you will see changed icons.

Metro apps not working after install/uninstall

To fix this issue open task manager and restart explorer.exe
Done!
Basically you don’t have to restart it with Administrator privileges.

Which files are supported in iPack Builder?

Limitless possibilities!
You can patch files which resides in:

Windows
System32
SysWOW64
Program Files
Program Files (x86)
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Reviews Windows 8

Run windows 8 apps(Metro) in windowed mode: Modern Mix

We all know that the Metro apps on windows 8 and 8.1 runs in full screen mode, so ever wanted to run those apps in windowed mode?windowsapps
Here’s the solution:
Use a software called ModernMix by Stardock.Well starrdock isn’t a new name in the field of customization and now they have this software which will help you to run windows metro apps.

Feature:

•Run Windows 8 Modern apps in a window on the desktop
•Display and pin Modern apps on the taskbar
•Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button

 

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OldNewExplorer: A must have utility for Win8/8.1

snapdpaneI know most of the customizer’s, developers will be aware of this small utility but those how don’t know about this will get to know after reading this post!

So what it is?

OldNewExplorer is the Windows 8.1 and Windows 8shell extension / tweaker which can undo “improvements” to file browsing made in newer Windows version.

This small utility will help you to enable Preview pane, help to disable ribbon,Hide Up arrow and much more..

Simply, this will help you to make your windows 8/8.1 look more like windows 7.

Also unlike other patch’s this will not break the boot, this is a guarantee that this will work flawlessly.

Some more developer’s note:

– Restore devices / drives grouping

Everything is ‘Devices and drives’. That’s stupid! O-N-E can restore grouping which made sense in Win7/8.

– Restore libraries / remove folders

Remove all those folders which were unoptionally added into Windows 8.1 This PC folder and put the libraries back to their place, without registry hacking / breaking oldnewapps.

– Restore command bar / remove Ribbon

Because some people consider it an abomination.

– Restore details pane at bottom

Same reason; reclaim useful horizontal space.

– Improve styling

Get rid of some Win7 stuff here and there; improve styling with some built-in visual styles.

For themers / skinners, O-N-E can help to override a lot of hardcoded styling in Windows 8, maybe even Start screen!

This utility will also help windows theme developers to add themeable control panel images and side panel images, geniune image and shellbrd orb in their .msstyles!

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Make windows explorer look like Chrome Browser

1Recently I came across  a nice software Clover. What it does is make the windows explorer look like chrome browser.There is a settings icon on top left plus there are new tabs options which are for new windows.The developer says that it uses the same files which chrome browser does.

In short if you ‘lil bored with your windows interface then try this out.. 🙂

Requirements:
Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8
Language:
English / 简体中文 / 繁體中文 / 日本語 / Français / Español / Deutsch / Nederlands / Português

 

Features:

Convenient Tab page

Just remember that Ctrl + T to open the page, and Ctrl + W to close the page, Ctrl + Tab to switch pages, the work efficiency far more than doubled!
Seamless integration with operating system
Clover was integrated into Windows Explorer, to keep your usual habits, without having to learn new file management operation.
Lightning-fast bookmarks bar
Press Ctrl + D to bookmark the current path, or drag the folder into the bookmarks bar. No need to look for the folder around, instant reach, how happy!

Requirements:
Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8

The best part is that this also has theme’s for it! Yes! You can customize it with themes!

 

 

Requirements:
Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8
Language:
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Dual boot any 2 operating systems!

Today I am gonna tell you that how you can take control over your bootloader and set whatever operation system you would like to boot.I am damn sure you would have installed multiple operating systems but failed to have both in bootloader.The tool that we will use is EasyBCD.

It’s pretty nice, simple,handy tool which will help to set boot option.In general this will help to add multiple booting options in bootloader.

EasyBCD is a powerful bootloader-modification tool that has a wide-range of applications and usages. It can perform a variety of tasks ranging in complexity and application from the most basic to advanced and highly-customizable features.

Please use EasyBCD with care, it’s a powerful tool that you can either make your life a lot easier or make it rather miserable by letting you shoot yourself in the foot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tools Windows 8

How to patch windows 8 to use custom Themes: UltraUX Theme Patcher

uxultraThis is a tut on how to enable custom 3rd party themes on windows8.

You can ‘t use the custom themes on windows8 PC until and unless few .dll files are patched!

So the the software to patch the dll’s is UltraUX Theme Patcher.It supports all OS’s from XP to windows 8.1 both x86 and x64 bit version!

It’s damn simple, you dont need to do anything just install using setup and done! Now your are ready to install custom themes on windws 8/8.1 PC.!

 

 

 

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Vista Style Builder For windows 8 (outdated)

OUTDATED!! Get the new one Here

Vista style builder or Windows style builder for windows 8 was out a ‘lil months ago but it’s still Beta which means it gives no guarantee that it will work but you can try outwsb8 the beta. They will not provide you the beta version until and unless you have purchased a key but I am sharing the cracked version here.

This version has removed the support for vista. Here is the release notes:

Just as a precaution, create a system restore before using this build. WinLogon and/or DWM is really fussy in Windows 8 and could lead to problems.

The following has been disabled as it either doesn’t work at all or causes issues:

1. Importing XP, Vista

XP and Vista themes have not yet been implemented.

2. Help Pane

The old pre 1.3 help dialog has been restored.

3. Localizations

Will need to be updated for the new EXE.

Anyways you can download the software below for free! Full version cracked!

 

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Organize Desktop Icons in a Smarter Way: Stardock Fences

Today am gonna tell you how to customize the look of the windows desktop basically how to organize your desktop icons in much smarter way.Fences

The software used is Stardock’s Fences.

Stardock is a big name out there in customization market and today I will be reviewing their software.

Fences help’s to organize the desktop icons in smarter way, you can check the screenshots.

Fences® is a program that helps you organize your desktop and hide your icons when they’re not in use.

 

A one-of-a-kind tool

  • Create “fences” on your desktop to organize icons
  • Hide and show your desktop icons with a click
  • Mirror your folders’ contents on the desktop
  • Have new desktop icons automatically sorted into an appropriate “fence”

It’s very handy tool, easy to use, easy to understand interface.

In short it’s a must have tool for every windows user!

 

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