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How to enable Windows 7,8,8.1 for custom themes

Most of the time I get messages ,emails that “your theme doesn’t work” and I always tell them to show a screenshot and 99% times they didn’t have their system patched properly.

I am gonna make this simple for all the guys out there who want to install custom themes and other stuff with ease!

OK let’s get started.

The first thing you gonna need is to patch the windows so that you can install custom themes.

If you are on windows 7 home basic or Starter then you will need this software to enable Aero otherwise none of the theme will work and you will regret that even after completing every step as instructed the theme didn’t work.

So next step for Windows 7 will be that most of the themes on windows 7 needs theme resource changer installed.What this little software does is you can add explorer frame navigation images and other control panel images in the theme folder so these images will load as soon as you apply the theme. ( you don’t need to edit dll files )

Next on windows 7 if you need to make your explorer windows and other applications transparent then go check this post

If you want to customize icons then you can get this 7tsp software.There are many icon packs available on the net which you can install using this software or you can even try my application iPack Builder which does the same job but is faster and much more user friendly.

To change the logon screen on windows 7 you can use this.

I think we are over with Windows 7 now we’ll talk about 8 and 8.1

So after patching you windows with above mentioned software ( bullet point 2 ) you really need to install OldNewExplorer what it is and what it does can be found here.

Next if you want to have a start menu on windows 8 and 8.1 just like windows 7 then I really recommend using this. Most of the themes on windows 8 and 8.1 are nowadays compatible with this startisback software you will have your start menu also skinned with your theme.

If you want to install icons then you again use 7tsp or iPack Builder

That’s all the information that you really need to become a Pro at installing themes.

P.S all of your themes are located at C:\Windows\Resource\Themes

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Nox iPack : Windows 7

FOR WINDOWS 7 ONLY—

windows 8/8.1 version is here

*Note: Since Windows 7 is more customizable than Win8, this iPack patches quite a few more system-files than the Win8 version does. Please report any bugs.

Included in the .zip you’ll find a text-file with instructions about re-naming both the included Nox Win7 iPack and the Reload Icons Cache tool. Due to deviantART’s policy concerning executable files, I’ve had to give this installer and the icon-reload tool the temporary “.ee” file extension. You’ll need to change that extension for both files to an “.exe”…so that the files will then become ‘Nox Win7 iPack.exe’ and ‘Reload Icons Cache.exe’…

Note: Please take the time to read through the License Information during setup, as there are some important tips along with other useful info.

 

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Change files on reboot

You might have came across the situation that you want to delete a file but it’s in use so you can’t! I have a solution to that which I would like to tell you, it’s useful and pretty simple though.

All you gonna need is regedit.exe

Let’s say you want to delete a file say shell32.dll which is located at C:\Windows\System32

-Just open regedit.exe from Run. Navigate to :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

-Create a new value PendingFileRenameOperations of type REG_MULTI_SZ  (Multi string value)
Write:

\??\C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll

Just this! What this will do is delete shell32.dll from C:\Windows\System32 the next time you restart your windows.

If you want to add one more schedule then just enter 2 blank lines and type a new command just like above.

Just like you delete the files you can also change the files on restart.

Consider you want to change shell32.dll in C:\Windows\System32 on next reboot with Shell32.dll located at D:\Somefolder

Type this:

 \??\D:\Somefolder\shell32.dll !\??\C:\Windows\system32\shell32.dll

In case you don’t like typing the whole thing in regedit then you can also use a software Movefile by sysinternals.
Download link for movefile.

 

Have a look at my PendingFileRenameOperations:

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Tutorials Windows 8

Skip Logon Screen on Windows

This doesn’t means you can bypass the logon screen when it asks for password.

skip logon

Steps:

-click start and search for netplwiz

-Now there will be any option ticked that user must enter username and password to use this computer. See the image

-Just uncheck it and it will ask you to enter password twice.

-Enter the password and click ok.

-Next time you boot, you won’t see logon screen. 🙂

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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:
English / 简体中文 / 繁體中文 / 日本語 / Français / Español / Deutsch / Nederlands / Português – See more at: http://ejie.me/#sthash.Fo85Q4MT.dpuf
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Enable Dreamscene(video wallpapers) on windows 7

 

You would be knowing that you can easily unlock vista(some versions) and xp for video wallpapers but there’s a trick for windows 7 users.dreamsceneseven

There was a feature in few vista versions which allowed to use videos as desktop wallpaper

You can use the software called Dreamscene Seven.

With this you can use any .wmv or .mpeg format file as a desktop background.Its very easy to install and takes only few kbs of disc space. 🙂

After the program is downloaded, it is necessary to run the file with administrative privileges (right button click is the run as Administrator). Then you have to select the button Install DreamScene.
Now a new item “Set as Desktop Background” will
appear in the Video File Context Menu, with the help of which it can be set as a desktop background.videowall

 

 

 

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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.

 

Download Link>>

Command Line Version>>

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How to Change Logon Screen on Windows 7

Logon screen’s can be changed very easily on your windows 7 PC.

Logon’s make your system look cool plus many theme’s come’s with a matching logon screen.

So here’s a short tutorial on how to change it on windows 7:

1.Enabling Custom Backgrounds

This feature is disabled by default, so you’ll have to enable it from the Registry Editor. You can also use the Group Policy Editor if you have a Professional version of Windows – scroll down a bit for the Group Policy Editor method.

Launch the Registry Editor by typing regedit into the search box in the Start menu and pressing Enter.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

You’ll see a DWORD value named OEMBackground. If you don’t see it, right-click in the right pane, point to the New submenu and create a new DWORD value with this name.

Double-click the OEMBackground value and set its value to 1.

 

2.Locating backgrounds folder

Open Windows Explorer and go to the following path:

C:\Windows\System32\oobe

If you found a folder named Info and inside it backgrounds this step ends for you.If you can’t find then create a new folder Info in oobe and inside Info folder create another folder named backgrounds.

 

3.Setting the desired image as Logon

Rename your desired wallpaper as backgroundDefault.jpg and place it inside the folder backgrounds (images must be less than 245KB in size).

Done! Enjoy the logon , to check it out press Win+L.

 

 

Third-party software

If you are uncomfortable with manually tinkering with the registry — or simply have better things to be doing with your time —

we understand. Various third-party applications can change Windows 7’s default logon wallpaper, but our

personal favorite is Logon Editor by Vincent Bethmann.

 

The software is ridiculously easy to use, doesn’t require installation, and it even has built-in tools to automatically resize and recompress your images while leaving the original file untouched. This also lets you quickly change your logon wallpaper back to the Windows 7 default.

Download Logon Editor>>

 

 

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Make windows applications look Transparent: Black Glass Enhanced

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Black Glass Enhanced makes your other applications go transparent (more correctly, GLASSY).

You can set 14 of your apps (background

must be black) turn to glassy look.

How to Use:

Copy “Black Glass Enhanced” folder to your “Program Files”. Default Path —> C:\Program Files

Run “BlackGlassEnhanced.exe” to start the application. Just add the process name in the Options menu and then click “Save” for changes to take effect.

Example:

Windows Explorer: explorer.exe
Task Manager: taskmgr.exe
Command Prompt: cmd.exe

Notepad: notepad.exe

If you don’t know the process name for any application, start the Task Manager and go to “Process” to find out the process name.
You can set the program to run at Windows Startup. Just select the “StartUp: Enable” option and then click “Save” to take effect.
Have Fun!

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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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