Sunday, November 14, 2010

How To Setup / Install Windows 7 Themes


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How To Setup / Install Windows 7 Themes

How To Setup / Install Windows 7 Themes
This will be a guide how to install Windows 7 themes properly. You can install themepacks created on Windows 7 by double-clicking on it, but for 3rd party themes you will have to patch your uxtheme.dll and some other dll files first
Before installing 3rd-party themes: Create a backup
Microsoft does not allow you to use themes that modify the shell of Windows 7 or other parts like the Start orb or the taskbar. In order to install those themes you will have to patch your uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll and themeservice.dll, which can be found “C:\Windows\system32\”.
Before you try to install any themes please make a backup of those files!! I won’t repeat this and you are doing any changes at your own risk, I don’t take any responsibility
HOW TO REPLACE EXPLORER.EXE :
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Method 1 :
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Take ownership of explorer.exe and give yourself full permissions to it. (Right click on it > Properties > Security Tab > Advanced > Owner Tab > Edit > Click on Administrators > OK > OK > OK > OK > YES then Right Click on the file again, Properties > Security Tab, click on EDIT > click on Administrators, Full Control: Allow > OK > OK)
Rename explorer.exe by explorerBackup.exe (in order to have a backup of the original if you encounter problems :)
Then paste the explorer.exe modified
Restart Windows and enjoy :)
NOTE : to win time you can kill the process explorer.exe in task manager and start it again ^^)

Method 2 :
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add a "take ownership" shortcut to your right-click :)

1. Just download and open the zip file below, and right click on the extracted .reg file and click on merge.
How To Setup / Install Windows 7 Themes
2. Right click on whatever you want to own and and select take ownership, it works and I have used it heaps.
How To Setup / Install Windows 7 Themes

and follow the Method 1 only to replace explorer.exe
Don't hesitate to ask if you encounter problems !!!

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