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How to install 3rd party theme in Windows

How to install and apply custom 3rd party themes in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7

Windows doesn't allow 3rd party themes by default and we need to patch Windows to be able to use those themes. Using this tutorial you will able to use 3rd party themes. Here a several simple steps:

  1. Download and install Universal Theme Patcher utility. (Click here to download).
  2. You need to run its EXE file and it'll ask you to select the language. Select language and click "OK" button. It'll detect the OS and condition of the system files. It'll show you the information and will ask you for confirmation. Now you'll see the main window of Universal Theme Patcher. You just need to click the "Patch" button given for each file (three buttons for Vista and 7 and only two buttons for WIndows XP).
    Restart your system and you will be able to use 3rd party themes in Windows without any problem.
  3. Once you finished first step, copy your theme folder (containing a .theme file and a folder containing .msstyles file) to "Windows\Resources\Themes\" folder (directory in system drive where Windows is installed. Usually it is the C: drive).
  4. Now double-click on .theme file and it'll apply the theme or you can apply it using Desktop Properties(in WIndows XP)/Personalization options (in Vista/7).
  5. If your theme contains modded system files, e.g. explorerframe.dll then you need to use our TakeOwnershipEx tool (Click here to download).
  6. Just run it, press the "Take Ownership" button, select the file of folder that interests you (e.g. C:\Windows\System32\explorerframe.dll) and press "OK". The effective TakeOwnershipEx tool will do all the necessary modifications to the file so that you will get full access to it.
  7. Rename you current system file, e.g. explorerframe_backup.dll.
  8. Put modded file you have instead of original and reboot your PC.
    You are done.

ThemeConverter for Windows 8

As you may know, Windows 8 can tune up color of windows automatically to match current wallpaper's color. All what you need to do is little change of theme file. I make simple application for lazy people (most of us are lazy) which can add autocolorization to any theme you have with one click! It is the ThemeConverter for Windows 8.

It traditionally has dual language UI (English/Russian) and covers following scenario:

Download Explorer Toolbar Editor – powerfull software what can add/remove buttons on Explorer's toolbar

Explorer Toolbar Editor - powerfull software what can add/remove buttons on Explorer's toolbar.

Explorer Toolbar Editor allows:

  • Add or delete one or several buttons for the folder type.
  • Add a button to one or more (e.g. to all) types of folders.
  • Remove buttons from a single type of folder.
  • Remove buttons from several types of folders (or all), where they are.
  • Sort buttons: change the order they appear on the Explorer's toolbar.

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Download Aero Patch 1.4: enables the full featured aero glass and personalization features in Win7 Home Basic

Aero Patch 1.4: enables the full featured aero glass and personalization features in Win7 Home Basic.

Here is Aero patch created by my friend Mr. dUSHA
what enables full featured aero glass and personalization features in Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Starter, such as
- Aero Glass and coloring
- Full themes support including RSS and slideshow themes
- Peak, Shake and WinFlip 3D
- Third party themes support

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Download SimpleSndVol – feature rich sound control application with balance, mouse scroll and hotkeys

SimpleSndVol - feature rich sound control application with balance, mouse scroll and hotkeys.

SimpleSndVol is the simple application what sits in your system tray and provides several useful and fast ways to control your sound volume and balance, such as:

  • Easy access to sound balance with one click.
  • Global hotkeys to change or mute volume.
  • Change sound volume with mouse wheel/scroll. Hover tray icon and scroll up or down. Very useful.
  • Middle click on tray icon will mute the sound.
  • Several icon sets for tray.

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