Customizing Windows can mean many things such as certain settings, logon options, etc. In this example, I will go over different UI customizations.
UPDATE: I would instead move to Windows 10
First, head over to (skinpacks.com is no longer in use) and check out the different theme packs you can download. These contain two files, one of which is a CMD file you run to launch the installer. Upon completion, you are done!
- Example: Win7Client1 (VM) = Javis
- Example: Win7Client2 (VM) = Alienware Evolution
Themes can be cool at first, but get annoying after a while as certain applications may not display correctly (i.e. contrasting the opposite colors), so you may look into something more subtle like changing your mouse cursor. I personally like the Crystal Clear Mini set you can download here. These just contain a zip file, you extract and then Right Click => Install on the .INF file for the cursor. Then, Run =>
main.cpl=> Select the cursor to apply.
Custom icons are a little tricky in that you need to install “7tsp” and then launch the 7tsp Source Patcher and drag and drop your zip file into the patcher and then select => start patching. If I recall correctly, you have to reboot twice after it is done. This will change all file and folder icons on the system, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- After installing the patch, you may want to change or customize your current or future folders by changing their icons. To do this, simply Right Click => Properties => Shortcut tab => Change Icon Button => Point it to:
%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll. This will get you the new icons instead of the defaults.