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How to make a Visual Style for Vista


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How to make a Visual Style for Windows Vista

Getting Started

1. Download and Install The uxTheme Patch from this LINK

This will allow you to apply custom themes

2. Download and Install my Theme Template from this LINK

This will install a copy of the original aero theme and place all the required files into the correct locations with Jemaho’s Improved Shellstyle, ready for modifying.

3. Download and Install Restorator 2007 from this LINK

This is your Tool for extracting and replacing resources from within the .msstyle and shellstyle.dll

4. Download and Install Alpha Image Convertor from this LINK

This will convert your images to Alpha Aero.msstyle Compatible Images

5. Buy and Install a Paintshop Program

This will be your main Image editing software, I recommend Adobe Photoshop CS3

Or Corel PaintShop Pro XI

Naming Your Theme Files

If you have installed my Theme Template, Navigate to C:WindowsResourcesThemes.

You will need to rename the following files to the name you wish to call your theme.

I recommend you name all the files the same.

• Template.Theme

• Template Folder

• Template.msstyle (Located within the Template folder)

• Template.msstyle.mui (Located within Template folder/en-US)

Editing Your Theme File

1. Navigate to C:WindowsResourcesThemes.

2. Right Click on your Theme file and select Open with Notepad

Here you will see many changes you can make to you theme.

For Example: Cursors, Wallpaper, Title bar Text Colours, Padded Border Width (frame width)

I have Bolded only the IMPORTANT parts that you need to Edit

Display Name, Visual Style Location, Wallpaper Location

; Copyright © Microsoft Corp. 1995-2001

[Theme]

DisplayName= Template Theme

; My Computer

[CLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}DefaultIcon]

DefaultValue=%SystemRoot%System32imageres.dll,-109

; My Documents

[CLSID{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}DefaultIcon]

DefaultValue=%WinDir%SYSTEM32mydocs.dll,0

; My Network Places - SHIDI_MYNETWORK

[CLSID{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}DefaultIcon]

DefaultValue=%WinDir%SYSTEM32imageres.dll,-25

; Recycle Bin

[CLSID{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}DefaultIcon]

full=%SystemRoot%System32imageres.dll,-54

empty=%SystemRoot%System32imageres.dll,-55

[Control PanelColors]

ActiveTitle=153 180 209

Background=0 0 0

Hilight=51 153 255

HilightText=255 255 255

TitleText=0 0 0

Window=255 255 255

WindowText=0 0 0

Scrollbar=200 200 200

InactiveTitle=191 205 219

Menu=240 240 240

WindowFrame=100 100 100

MenuText=0 0 0

ActiveBorder=180 180 180

InactiveBorder=244 247 252

AppWorkspace=171 171 171

ButtonFace=240 240 240

ButtonShadow=160 160 160

GrayText=128 128 128

ButtonText=0 0 0

InactiveTitleText=67 78 84

ButtonHilight=255 255 255

ButtonDkShadow=105 105 105

ButtonLight=227 227 227

InfoText=0 0 0

InfoWindow=255 255 225

GradientActiveTitle=185 209 234

GradientInactiveTitle=215 228 242

ButtonAlternateFace=0 0 0

HotTrackingColor=0 102 204

MenuHilight=51 153 255

MenuBar=240 240 240

[Control PanelCursors]

Arrow=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_arrow.cur

Help=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_helpsel.cur

AppStarting=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_working.ani

Wait=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_busy.ani

NWPen=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_pen.cur

No=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_unavail.cur

SizeNS=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_ns.cur

SizeWE=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_ew.cur

Crosshair=

IBeam=

SizeNWSE=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_nwse.cur

SizeNESW=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_nesw.cur

SizeAll=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_move.cur

UpArrow=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_up.cur

DefaultValue=Windows Aero

Hand=%SystemRoot%cursorsaero_link.cur

Link=

[Control PanelDesktop]

Wallpaper=%SystemRoot%resourcesthemesTemplateWallpaper.jpg

TileWallpaper=0

WallpaperStyle=2

Pattern=

ScreenSaveActive=0

[Control PanelDesktopWindowMetrics]

[Metrics]

IconMetrics=76 0 0 0 75 0 0 0 75 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

NonclientMetrics=84 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PaddedBorderWidth=4

[boot]

SCRNSAVE.EXE=%WinDir%System32logon.scr

[MasterThemeSelector]

MTSM=DABJDKT

ThemeColorBPP=4

[VisualStyles]

Path=%SystemRoot%resourcesThemesTemplateTemplate.msstyles

ColorStyle=NormalColor

Size=NormalSize

ColorizationColor=0X45409EFE

Now you have edited those 3 important parts, Save and Exit the file.

Creating your Style (Editing the .msstyle and shellstyle)

• Navigate to C:WindowsResourcesThemes.

Inside your themes folder right click on the .msstyle and select Open with Restorator 2007

Now you will see the contents of the .msstyle

All of the images are located in the IMAGE Folder and one is located in the STREAM Folder.

(See the Next section “Resource Locations” for a rough guide to show you what images to edit)

Extract the Individual images (or the entire image folder)

Drag and Drop to your desktop

Edit the images in your Paintshop program

If your Paintshop program does not make Alpha aero compatible images then this is when you need to use the Alpha Image convertor.

If your image is not Alpha compatible then you will notice a horrible white background when applied to your theme

Replace the Images back into the folder they came from

(e.g. .msstyleImage) by using Restorator 2007 to drag and drop

Save the .msstyle in Restorator 2007

Apply your theme to see changes

Control PanelPersonalizationTheme Apply

Repeat the Above Process for the Shellstyle.dll

(WindowsResourcesThemes**Your Theme Folder**ShellNormalColorShellstyle.dll)

Resource Locations

This is just a rough guide of some of the Common Images you can edit to make your style, there are Hundreds of images you can edit and most of them are used for both aero and basic.

You can also try my .msstyle Resource Finder. to help you narrow down the search to the nearest 40 images. Download LINK

KEY: Aero Basic Both

1startmenuaf3.png

2taskbarspm4.png

3windowvt1.png

4ieeoe3.png

5buttfd4.png

Advanced Styling

For more advanced Styling see my other tutorials

Vista Hex-Editing - for Text colours, Margins and much more. Download LINK

Vista Font Change - for changing Font types. Download LINK

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sorry can you upload this: 2. Download and Install my Theme Template from this LINK

This will install a copy of the original aero theme and place all the required files into the correct locations with Jemaho’s Improved Shellstyle, ready for modifying.

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