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#1 Liskiller

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:39 PM

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Remember those days when you were bound to use only three themes in Windows XP? Then StyleXP and WindowBlinds came and later people started using the custom visual styles by patching/replacing uxtheme.dll. Till then to now even in Vista we are using the same old method (patching uxtheme.dll) for using the third party visual styles but this would be be changed in Windows Seven!

Don’t worry Windows 95 Plus! enthusiasts, Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about you and your themes. A recently updated MSDN Library document shows that Microsoft hasn’t just brushed themes under the carpet, but instead dusted it off, added some new polish and is even putting it under the spotlight.

The document “Creating and Installing Theme Files” has been updated with several “additions to the .theme file format were made for Windows 7″. They include:

Themes
The [Theme] section of the file contains the following two attributes:

Icon=module,-iconId (example: themeui.dll,-123) or pathToIcon (example: MyTheme.ico)
Windows 7 and later. The icon to show in the theme gallery, either an embedded resource or a path to an .ico file. Paths are relative to the directory of the .theme file.


Desktop Appearance
You can create custom wallpaper for the desktop and specify a path to the graphics file. Additionally, this section of the .theme file can specify whether the screen saver is active. The following example shows how to do modify the desktop appearance. Windows 7 and later: If the slideshow is active, the path can be a path to a folder containing multiple images, or a colon-delimited list of image files.

Windows 7 and later. The following attribute is set to “1″ to enable a slide show as the wallpaper.
Slideshow=1


Theme Packs
Windows 7 and later. A theme pack is a .cab file that contains not only the .theme file but also the files needed to implement the theme on another computer, such as sound files and images. Users can create theme packs through the Personalization application in Control Panel.


Document: Creating and Installing Theme Files
Source: istartedsomething

Edited by Liskiller, 05 August 2008 - 07:40 PM.


#2 butch123

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:53 PM

Impressive work

#3 pakistanipower

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:00 PM

wow i am really looking forward to it..it gana be awesome

#4 pm_41

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:31 PM

My friend, who is an MS employee, told me this like 3 months ago...

#5 Elijah?

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:09 PM

Wow, the release of Windows I've been waiting for. :)

#6 Freka

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:11 PM

Finally something that will actually benefit the user. Thank you :).

#7 M.Sudoku

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 01:51 AM

I still think Microsoft won't allow any third party visual style. These themes would bee same like Royale and Zune XP themes which didn't require any uxtheme patch.

#8 The Silent Warrior

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 01:53 PM

Windows 7 Plus! ^_^

#9 pauldacheez

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 12:40 AM

GAH!!!!!! Comic Sans! Must Destroy Font!!! *explodes*

Sorry, I do that every time I see that evil font...

Anyway, Finally!!!

#10 Syzygy

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 12:48 AM

GAH!!!!!! Comic Sans! Must Destroy Font!!! *explodes*

Sorry, I do that every time I see that evil font...

Anyway, Finally!!!


Whats so bad about Comic Sans MS?

#11 The Silent Warrior

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 10:24 AM

I agree, the digital signature check will be there.

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