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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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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!

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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

 

 Watch it in action:

 

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Tutorials Windows 8

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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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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Change Windows 7 Boot Animation: Windows 7 Boot Updater

Windows 7 Boot Updater is a  program that makes it easy to update the Windows 7 boot animation and text.

Features

 

  • Modifies the boot animation, colors, text, and background
  • Modifies the resume from hibernation screen as well
  • Will create the animation from 105 BMP, PNG, GIF, or TIFF images or use a single (non-animated) image
  • Does not require any other applications.

  • Designed to be idiot-proof by having numerous checks
  • Automatically backs-up the modified files
  • Does not require test-signing or no-integrity-checks to be enabled
  • Works for all versions of Windows 7: any language, any edition, 32-bit or 64-bit, RTM or SP1
  • Available in English, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Hebrew, and Vietnamese.
  • Works even if your setup has the hidden “System Reserved” partition
  • Can be run as a GUI, command-line program, or installer/uninstaller

 

The Animation

If you choose to change the animation you will have to make an animation! The animation is:

  • 105 frames (if there are less frames the last frame will be repeated as necessary)
  • Each frame is 200x200px (resized if necessary)
  • 15 frames / sec
  • First 4 seconds play once then the last 3 seconds play in a loop

The program loads a folder containing all the frames as PNGs, GIFs, BMPs, TIFs, or JPEGs images. The files will be played in alphabetical order. If you are numbering them, use the same number of digits for all numbers (e.g. 001, 002, …, 103, 105). For ‘historical’ reasons, the animation can also be a folder containing a single BMP named “activity.bmp” that is 200x21000px.

Transparency (in PNGs and GIFs) is supported (except when a message is behind the animation).

It you want no animation, set the static image as a single pixel image that is transparent.

Videos and animations, such as GIF, AVI and MPEG files, can be converted into a sequence of PNGs using ffmpeg. I have made a utility to make this very simple: video2png.

You can make the animation with any picture-editing software, but the following are recommended:

  • Jasc Animation Shop (free), to export the animation:
    • Choose “Edit -> Select All”
    • Choose “File -> Save Frames As…”
    • Change “Save as type” to “Portable Network Graphics (*.png)”
    • Click “Save”
  • Corel Jasc Animation Shop
  • Adobe Flash, to export the animation:
    • Choose “File -> Export -> Export Movie…”
    • Change “Save as type” to “PNG Sequence (*.png)”
    • Click “Save”
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere, to export the animation:
    • Choose “File -> Export -> Media…”
    • Change “Format” to “PNG”
    • On the “Video” tab, set width and height to 200, aspect ratio to “Square Pixels (1.0)”, and check “Export as sequence”
    • Click “Export”
  • Adobe Photoshop, to export the animation:
    • Choose “File -> Export -> Render Video…”
    • Select “Image Sequence” and choose “PNG”
    • Click “Render”

 

How to Use:

Start the application, the main interface of Windows 7 Boot Updater allows to modify the boot screen (Booting tab) and the resume from hibernation screen (Resuming tab). Each tab allows to modify the boot screen text, background color, animation (static image or animation), etc.
Text for “© Microsoft Corporation” and “Starting Windows” can be modified under the Message 1 and Message 2 tabs.
When you finish your customization, click Apply.

 

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