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#1 hb860

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:18 AM

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Personalization Panel for Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic implements premium personalization features for low-end Windows 7 Editions. It can bypass restrictions and provides useful UI - same as in Ultimate, for example.

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Main Features


-Desktop Context Menu integration
-Language-independed/Autotranslation: All text labels are from Windows libraries and always be in your native language
- * .theme files support in both Starter and Home Basic. Everything will be applied correct except windows metric for classic themes
-Can change Windows 7 Starter Wallpaper (See notes)
-Can change windows and taskbar colors in Windows 7 Home Basic by two methods with live preview (See notes)
-Useful access to related Control Panel applets
- *.theme files associations handling
- *.msstyles files associations handling
- *.themepack files associations handling (limited to installation at this moment. You can't create own themepacks)

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Notes


Windows 7 Starter

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In Windows 7 Starter you can change wallpaper only where application in elevated mode. If you have no Administrator’s right or cancel UAC prompt, then application runs in RESTRICTED mode. In RESTRICTED mode wallpaper button is disabled.
Please remember: if you change wallpaper in non-restricted mode and then run application in RESTRICTED mode, you can't change screensaver until you run it in non-restricted mode again or not set default wallpaper.

ALSO, you can force restricted mode in Windows 7 Starter using command line:
personalization.exe /notelevate

Also you can modify registry setting
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\winreview_personalization\Command and set it to "PATH\personalization.exe /notelevate"

It can help to avoid UAC prompt, however, it still restricted.

Windows 7 Home Basic
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There are two methods of windows colorization:
1. Windows 7 [Patched]
It means DWM colorization algorithm specially broken for partial transparency support in Windows 7 Home Basic. Use it when your aero.msstyles file was patched to force Aero Glass. Such file you can get here: [nowhere]

2. Windows 7 Standard
This is STANDARD mode of colorization. It is used in all versions of Windows 7 by default and recommended to use with non-patched aero.msstyles file. Unfortunately, DWM in Windows 7 HB broken by Microsoft - it fills windows with black color instead of blur. So, this method is not applicable to patched aero.msstyles.

Third-party (non-Microsoft) themes
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Remember, you have to use UxStyle (http://www.UxStyle.com) to get Third-party themes support in ANY edition of Windows 7. Some of themes can provide transparency in 7 HB, if they patched by author or by other person.


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#2 PurplePeopleEater

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:32 PM

That really nifty :D It'd be great for Starter users, or netbook users

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:30 PM

That really nifty :D It'd be great for Starter users, or netbook users



It gives a lot of personalization for the Netbook users. Especially due to the low specifications of Netbooks. (though there are some exceptions to that, like Alienware's M11x.)

#4 PurplePeopleEater

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:29 AM

The m11x is barely a netbook :lol:

#5 hb860

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:10 PM

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Done.
Transparency is available

1.Install uxStyle(http://uxStyle.com)
2.Apply Clssic theme
3.Replace aero.msstyles with my one: [broken link]
4.Apply Aero theme using Panel
5.Tune up intensity to the left side

I do hope you like me and my research :rolleyes:

I will be grateful if you share this information in Twitter/Blog or everything else. It purpose to make life of restricted 7's editions better and enjoy Aero UI

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 11:11 AM

Transparency is avaliable

Wow! :o

#7 The Silent Warrior

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 10:07 AM

A must have program for the Home Basic users!

#8 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

Awesome job hb860. Really a must have app.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 11:20 PM

My Netbook runs Windows 7 Home Premium Edition great with only 1.6 GHZ and 1 GB of RAM.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:41 AM

Major update here


What's new

Added:
+ work without admin right (See Notes)
+ minimal size for main window
+ sound schemes support
+ screensaver change support according to theme file settings
+ associations for *.theme
+ associations for *.msstyles
+ "Change Theme" sound event
+ Installer which provides both portable and regular setup. Desktop menu integration and file associations not available in portable mode
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+ "Advanced color settings" dialog for Windows 7 Home Basic
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Fixed:
* wrong themes list from %APPDATA%
* wrong theme name reading
* wrong registry rights in Windows 7 starter can disallow to change screensaver
* wrong icon settings reading from theme file
* wrong wallpaper style settings

[!]NOTE. In Windows 7 Starter you can change wallpaper only where application in evelated mode. If you have not Adminstrator's right or cancel UAC promt, then application runs in RESTRICTED mode. In RESTRICTED mode wallpaper button is disabled.
Please remember: if you change wallpaper in non-restricted mode and then run application in RESTRICTED mode, you can't change screensaver until you run it in non-restricted mode again or not set default wallpaper.

ALSO, you can force restricted mode in Windows 7 Starter using command line:
personalization.exe /notelevate

Also you can modifiy registry setting
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\winreview_personalization\Command and set it to "PATH\personalization.exe /notelevate"

It can help to avoid UAC promt, however, it still restricted.



Known issues:
Taskbar keeps color of previous theme.
Solution: Just apply new theme again.

Edited by hb860, 15 September 2010 - 11:47 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2010 - 06:44 PM

Thanks for the update. Going to give it a try.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:16 PM

Wow! This looks awesome. A few questions:
-should there be a download link 2 posts above to get the updated version or has the file linked in the 1st post been updated?
-On Win7 Starter, if you run it as an admin to change the theme+background, is the change persistent? (ie: will it stay if you restart the PC)
-Is this something that needs to run in the background at all times to keep the theme applied or does it work like a patcher? If a background app, how's the memory footprint/cpu usage if running on a typical netbook?

Thanks a lot for your work, hb860, this is really good stuff! Like someone else mentioned- a must for those with starter editions

#13 hb860

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 02:22 PM

1. Link not need to be updated
2. Wallpaper stay until YOU change it
3. For native themes it runs nothing in background and acts as regular personalization panel
For third-party themes you need to use UxStyle or any another signed-theme-patcher. Still nothing will runs in background.

Personalization Panekl is not patcher, it is theme file parser/registry writer

#14 FalseAgent

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 05:48 PM

hb860, you just single-handedly saved windows 7 home basic!

btw, out of curiosity, does this work on vista?

#15 hb860

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:14 PM

Where is the reason to make it work on Vista?

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:58 PM

can you please add a more detailed instruction as to how to apply the "transparency" i cant't quite understand this instruction

#17 hb860

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 06:32 AM

Small update here
Ver 1.0.1.2
*Fixed uninstaller. It not leaves folder in Start Menu anymore.
*Replaced some Rundll32 calls to direct WinAPI

Download link still same and can be grabbed from first message.

Guest_missyaicz_*, i will update first message and will add manual.

Edited by hb860, 07 October 2010 - 06:33 AM.


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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:18 AM

it isnt allowing me to replace the original aero file even in classic theme

#19 Dr. Doom

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:54 PM

I just tested it on Windows 7 Starter and it actually works... :blink:

I must say I expected some unfinished crap done in VisualStudio in 45 minutes, but this is really great. Respect.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:45 PM

It is recommended update

Version 1.1.0.0
* Easy Access to themes into themes list
* Themepack support
* Uninstall theme feature
* Improved UI usabilty
* Internal optimzations for better perfomance
* Enhanced DWM color calculation (See readme)
* Live preview of colorization
* Minor bugs fixed
* "Change Theme" sound event temporarily removed.

New demo and link it first message

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