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    Default How To: Theme Windows 7

    Here is how to be less noob if you are trying to theme Windows 7.

    Throughout this I'll be referencing a non-existent theme for the purpose of clarification. It will be called "sample"

    Stuff you have to do first
    You need to install uxstyle.
    Here's the link to their website: UxStyle - no more patching.
    You need to click on the image that says "play" in red and download that. Then install whichever version is appropriate for your operating system (32 bit or 64 bit)

    There's also another naming scheme people use with x in the front of a number, here it is

    32 bit = x86
    64 bit = x64

    You need to do this step because by default Windows 7 doesn't let you install third party themes.

    Installing the visual styles
    Each theme will come with .theme file and a folder of the same name. For example with "sample" you will get "sample.theme" and a folder called "sample"

    This file and folder goes into C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

    Installing Fonts
    Sometimes you will also get a folder of fonts. These will be .ttf files. Right click them and from the context menu, click install.

    Explorer
    Sometimes they will give you explorer files. For example explorer.exe to give you a custom start orb or explorerframe.dll

    explorer.exe goes in C:\Windows
    explorerframe.dll goes in C:\Windows\32

    explorer frame replaces the back and forward arrowed in windows explorer.

    The important thing about this is you need the version of the files for your operating system. So you need 32 bit files for Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit files for Windows 7 64 bit.

    There's also another naming scheme people use with x in the front of a number, here it is

    32 bit = x86
    64 bit = x64

    Last Tips
    To activate themes, right click your desktop pick personalize and scroll down a bit, there should be a new category called "Installed themes"

    If you download a theme or visual style and it doesn't match the format above of a .theme file with folder with the same name, it's not for windows 7.

    Hurray you are now less noob!
    If you found this guide helpful please say thanks by feeding my adoptable:

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    thanks for this, never had a theme on my laptop before but now i might just try. Any websites you can give that have themes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo9891 View Post
    thanks for this, never had a theme on my laptop before but now i might just try. Any websites you can give that have themes?
    DeviantArt.com

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    I've been doing this since the 7100 days. :-\ Nice guide none the less.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Joomla12 View Post
    I've been doing this since the 7100 days. :-\ Nice guide none the less.
    The only reason I know how to install them is because one theme on deviantart has instructions. Windows 7 is sort of lacking in visual style related things.

    Google "windows 7 how to install visual styles" you get vista based results.

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    Thank you for increasing Ice Cream Wizard's level from 330 to 331.
    Good post Akira. Your adoptable has been fed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modified View Post
    Good post Akira. Your adoptable has been fed.
    Thank you. Quick note:
    Seems I am retarded and got x64 and x86 confused
    x86 means 32 bit but x86-64 means 64 bit so yeah. I fixed that.

    Cos my windows is fucky and thinks it is 64 bit I installed a 32 bit and it died. If this is the case run task manager and change it from "program files" to "all files" and mine by default started in system32 so I was able to rename and change the explorerframe.dll to the correct.

    Sorry if that misinformation screwed you over but if you somehow manage to see this thread well theres how you fix it and my apologies. For some reason some of my keys do not work. Notice how I have not used an apostrophe?
    But I am resintalling anyway so I not care. RAWR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akira View Post
    Thank you. Quick note:
    Seems I am retarded and got x64 and x86 confused
    x86 means 32 bit but x86-64 means 64 bit so yeah. I fixed that.
    lol yeah i knew what you meant. i'm sure most people people knew x86 bit meant 32 bit.


 

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