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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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iPack

Fiber Icons for windows 8 and 8.1

A cool set of dark icon pack installer for windows 8 and 8.1 (x86 and x64).

Variants:

  • Fiber Green iPack
  • Fiber Blue iPack
  • Fiber Red iPack

Author :

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– Read instructions file included in archive,
– If there are bugs after you apply this iPack on your OS, feel free to comment.
– DO NOT MODIFY, REPRODUCE OR COPY THIS ARTWORK WITHOUT AUTHOR’S PERMISSION!

CREDITS:

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Download Link:

Fiber Green iPack

Fiber Red iPack

Fiber Blue iPack


 Icon Pack Installer built using this tool.

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Tutorials

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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Tools

Customize Win+X Power User Menu

Extend Win X MenuOn windows 8 and 8.1,there’s a cool feature that when you press Win+X key a menu pop’s up on the bottom left.It has several useful links like Desktop,Command Propmpt etc.

Using Winaero’s software you can add your own options in this menu like I’ve done ( check image ).

This software works on windows 8 and 8.1 both x64 and x86 windows.

This is a freeware tool and the current version is 2.6.0.0

Win+X Menu Editor serves to provide you a simple and useful way to edit Win+X menu without system files modification in Windows 8. It keeps untouched your system integrity.
With Win+X Menu Editor you’ll able:

  • to add new items.
  • to remove any item of Win+X menu.
  • to change display name of any item of Win+X menu.
  • to reorder Win+X menu items.

Get this software here


 

Watch it in action:

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Tutorials

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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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!

Original Thread : Link

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Windows 8

Refresh / Reset Windows 8 / 8.1 without DVD

In this simple tutorial, I will teach you how you can refresh or reset your PC without the installation media.

Requirements:

1. ISO or Disc image for windows 8 / 8.1

2. Any archive opener like Winrar to open ISO.

 

Steps:

1.Open the ISO file or disc image file with Winrar

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2.Navigate to Sources folder.

3.Search for install.wim

4.Copy and paste it on your desktop.It would be better if you paste it in some folder (more managed)

5. Lets say we have made a folder RefreshFiles in C: and had pasted the install.wim file in that folder.

6.After performing above steps Launch Command Prompt with admin privilege.(right click on Cmd -> run as admin)

7. Type this:

reagentc.exe /setosimage /path C:\RefreshFiles /target C:\Windows /Index 1

where C:\Windows is your working windows directory.
and C:\RefreshFiles is the folder where install.wim is present.

8.Now go to PC Settings  -> General and from there refresh or reset your PC without installation media!

 

 

 

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Tutorials Windows 8

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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Tutorials Windows 8

Skip Logon Screen on Windows

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

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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. 🙂