Windows Customizations

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Description:

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

To Resolve:

  1. 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

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  • Example: Win7Client2 (VM) = Alienware Evolution

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

7tsp

  1. 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.

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