Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

Collapse
This is a sticky topic.
X
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

    This video tutorial will show you how to use Custom Theme Xtreme Starter Kit developed by gsw953.
    Simply said, the Starter Kit will perform 5 task's to get you up & running custom themes in no time at all.


    Tip
    This Kit can be used to perform all of these 5 task's including installing Theme Resource Changer.
    Or if you already have TRC installed you can still take advantage of the automated process that this Kit offers to patch your system files only.
    Plus there's even more included in the 'Extras' folder that will help add to your custom theme experience.


    1)... System files will be patched that enable you to run custom (un-signed) themes.
    2)... Replaces the ExplorerFrame.dll with one that is patched to allow for images in Explorer's background.
    3)... Installs Theme Resource Changer to allow for additional image resources to be used.
    4)... Sets the Display DPI at the recommended setting for TRC to work properly.
    5)... Sets the View Folder Options at the recommended setting for TRC to work properly.
    Team_MT.png
    -The Theme Xtreme Starter Kit is an easy to use, all in one tool that will help everybody
    (especially beginners) prepare their computers to run today's custom themes.
    Instead of using several installers and manually editing System files,
    this Kit has combined everything that the first time custom theme user needs
    to get up and running with today's newest themes for Windows 7.

    -Works on both 32bit & 64 bit systems. It is a portable application, which means the Starter Kit does not require installation.
    Operates in normal mode, no need to enter safe mode. Will also will run from a USB drive.

    -Theme Xtreme Starter Kit can be downloaded here in this thread..
    Plus if you have any trouble following the video tutorial, there are step by step instructions with screen shots included in the download.
    Extreme.png


    ================================ Preview1_VT3_MT_(3Sec)_900x506.gif
    1)... System files will be patched that enable you to run custom (un-signed) themes.
    By default, Windows does not allow 3rd party themes to be installed and run because of a certificate protection system built into the uxtheme.dll file.
    So we need to "Patch" our system files and bypass the certificate verification to be able to run custom themes..

    To enable custom themes, the Theme Xtreme Starter Kit will patch or replace the necessary 3 files for a 32bit System,
    or the necessary 5 files if you have a 64 bit System.
    ================================ Preview2_VT3_MT_(3Sec)_900x506.gif
    2)... Replaces the ExplorerFrame.dll with one that is patched to allow for images in Explorer's background.
    Many of the newer themes (not all) have been designed to display an extra image in the main Explorer window in the bottom right corner.
    -No more editing the Uifile with Restorator.
    -No more replacing System files with ready made files the manual way.

    To enable this extra image to appear, the Theme Xtreme Starter Kit will patch your ExplorerFrame.dll so that any theme
    that has an image added in the main Explorer window will work the way the author intended it to.
    And if you are running a 64bit system it will also patch the ExplorerFrame.dll in the SysWOW64 folder for a total of 2 files.
    ================================ Preview3_VT3_MT.png
    3)... Installs Theme Resource Changer to allow for additional image resources to be used.
    Instead of editing and manually replacing images in the explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll, or the shell32.dll,
    Theme Resource Changer will automatically change the start orb, User picture frame, Explorer navigation buttons,
    and the Navigation Panels in System properties.
    This will even change selected icons if the author of the theme has included them.

    The concept is real simple. Theme Resource Changer looks for specific files types in 3 specific folder locations.
    With these necessary images in place, TRC will do it's magic for you, changing selected resources to match your theme of choice,
    completely transforming your computer in a matter of seconds. Works on both 32bit & 64 bit systems.
    TRC is not an application or an installer. It does not edit any exe's or dll's at all but rather it works from memory so your System files are left untouched.

    To enable this application, the Theme Xtreme Starter Kit will run Theme Resource Changer after patching your System files.
    Again you only run this tool once. It stays in place and it works with any theme you like. And you can switch themes as often as you like.
    =============================== Preview4_VT3_MT.png
    4)... Sets the Display DPI at the recommended setting for TRC to work properly.
    In order for Theme Resource Changer to work properly the 'Display DPI' settings have to be set at default.
    If your DPI settings are not at default, the start orb & navigation buttons will not change.
    The Theme Xtreme Starter Kit will enable this setting.
    =============================== Preview5_VT3_MT.png
    5)... Sets the View Folder Options at the recommended setting for TRC to work properly.
    In order for Theme Resource Changer to work properly the 'Launch folder windows in a separate process' in 'View Folder Options'
    has to be turned off, or un-checked.
    Some of the images will not change if this feature is turned on.
    The Theme Xtreme Starter Kit will enable this setting.

    Information
    -Theme Designers are encouraged to either link back to this thread,
    or include this kit with their themes.
    The 'Starter Kit video' is available for download
    in case you have trouble viewing here in your browser.


    ........../ What's included in the download \..........
    - Theme Xtreme Starter Kit.
    - Detailed Instructions.
    - Screen Shots.
    - Extra's Folder.

    ........../ What's included in the Extra's Folder \..........

      Spoiler:  
    - Add Full Glass To Start-up
    Included in the 'Extras' folder is another new installer developed by gsw953 which adds FullGlass.exe to your Startup folder so that it will auto start with Windows.
    FullGlass.exe was developed by: ~ phantommenace2020 from deviantart.com
    This small program enables aero glass effect to make your Explorer windows look transparent.
    Looks best with 'dark' themes or a black background inside the window. (black background means full glass window)
    This app is portable and does not install anything in the root directory. Rather it simply runs from memory.
    **INFO**
    Separate instructions and screen shots are included in the extra's folder.
    ===============================
    - Moo0 Transparent Menu.
    This adds transparency to your right click context menu windows. It comes with 28 simple system-wide menu skins.
    Just choose one of the pre-configured skins.
    **INFO**
    Separate instructions and screen shots are included in the extra's folder.
    ===============================
    - MacTypeInstaller.
    Use this to override the stock Windows ClearType font rendering.
    If you are a dark theme user I'm sure you have experienced some programs that have a
    white text on a white background or black text on a black background.
    When you use this software and select the right profile it will add a shadow to some colors of text.
    It's not the prefect solution but it definitely makes problem areas more readable!
    **INFO**
    Separate instructions and screen shots are included in the extra's folder.
    ===============================
    - Test Theme Black Aero.
    This is a simple Aero theme set up to use with Theme Resource Changer and is used as an example to show the 3 necessary folders needed for TRC to work.
    ===============================
    - How To Repair Windows7 System Files With System File Checker
    A tutorial from sevenforums.com that will show you how to use the built in Windows utility to repair or restore System files.
    ===============================
    - How To Run A Program As An Administrator In Windows7
    A tutorial from sevenforums.com that will show you how to enable or disable the built-in elevated Administrator account in Windows 7.
    ===============================
    - Built In Administrator Account Enable - Disable
    A tutorial from sevenforums.com that will show you how to enable or disable the built-in elevated Administrator account in Windows 7.
    ===============================
    - Run As Administrator - Add Or Remove From Context Menu
    A tutorial from sevenforums.com that will show you how to either remove or restore Run as administrator from
    the context menu of the default BAT, CMD, CPL, EXE, and MSC application files for all users in Windows 7.


    ........../ Credits \..........
      Spoiler:  
    -The intro at the beginning of the video was created by ~ CybaCreep
    -Theme in the video and screenshots is 'ICS RED' by ~gsw953.
    -Theme in the video and screenshots is 'Metallic Hydro' by ~ Creator.
    -Wallpaper 'MegaThemer Flagship' by ~ cybacreep appearing in the video.
    -Wallpaper 'MegaThemer World Glow' by ~ HammerJack appearing in the video.
    -RocketDock is 'Chrome Tail Rocketdock (CTR)' by ~ HammerJack appearing in the video.
    -Download Rocketdock.. ~ Get Rocketdock
    -Aimp3 skin is 'Velvet' by ~ YourNumbr1Fan.
    -Download Aimp3.. ~ Get Amip3 player
    -Rainmeter in Video is 'MegaThemer Animated Flames' by ~ HammerJack
    -iTouch by winmatrix.com.. (Ripple effect around the cursor) ~Get iTouch
    -Dock Icons in the video are 'TABDsource' dock icons originally found over at DA. Credit to the original designer.
    -Layer Styles 283 by sonarpos used in the video banners, and call outs. ~ style355 by sonarpos on deviantart
    -Layer Styles 285 by sonarpos used in the video banners, and call outs. ~ style355 by sonarpos on deviantart
    -Metal Styles by ghostd7 used in the video banners, and call outs. ~ Photoshop Metal Styles by ghostd7 on deviantart



    Watch Starter Kit video in HD.
    Once the video starts, click on the 'Gear' icon to select the '720p HD' setting.


    Forum content is currently locked to all Rookie members.

    All you need is 10 post's and you may download all you like!
    Click on the banner to see all the details.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by HammerJack; 23-01-2015, 07:35. Reason: fixed previews/attachment


    Join us at deviantart.com - -Click on logo..


    Upload and share at our new YouTube channel - - Click on logo..





  • #2
    Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

    Very good theme my friend.: Yourock:



    Comment


    • pigguru
      pigguru commented
      Editing a comment
      awesome theme man!

  • #3
    Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

    Fantastic jack thanks


    Sig by Cybacreep

    Comment


    • #4
      Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

      Awesome job on this, I'm sure it will come in handy for a lot of people who get nervous when someone says just replace these dll's and it should work lol

      Comment


      • #5
        Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

        Jack just to let you no i tried to watch video and its say private video
        Well done Jack thanks for the thread
        @HammerJack:



        Comment


        • #6
          Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

          Great thread for any newbie! Nice job on putting this together!

          Comment


          • #7
            Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

            Thanks for this Greg and Jack

            Comment


            • #8
              Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

              Well done Job on this thread,as usual you are expert.
              Thanks a lot for sharing.
              :good2:

              Comment


              • #9
                Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                Originally posted by CybaCreep View Post
                Jack just to let you no i tried to watch video and its say private video
                Well done Jack thanks for the thread
                HammerJack
                Thanks for the heads up John.. Should be set to public now my friend..


                Join us at deviantart.com - -Click on logo..


                Upload and share at our new YouTube channel - - Click on logo..




                Comment


                • #10
                  Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                  I am happy to see this great tool on MT thanks a mill Jack and Greg

                  Comment


                  • #11
                    Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                    Originally posted by Megabink View Post
                    I am happy to see this great tool on MT thanks a mill Jack and Greg
                    Finally, yes it's done!
                    Did the page load OK for you? This was a monster.. Afraid I may have broke something, lol..
                    Last edited by HammerJack; 23-03-2014, 05:21.


                    Join us at deviantart.com - -Click on logo..


                    Upload and share at our new YouTube channel - - Click on logo..




                    Comment


                    • #12
                      Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                      Very nice work thanks for sharing

                      My Signature & Avatar by Cybacreep

                      Comment


                      • #13
                        Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                        Originally posted by HammerJack View Post
                        Finally, yes it's done!
                        Did the page load OK for you? This was a monster.. Afraid I may have brought something, lol..
                        Yeah it loads fine but it's kinda heavy on the server i guess lol.

                        Comment


                        • sead79
                          sead79 commented
                          Editing a comment
                          great works

                      • #14
                        Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                        @Megabink:,
                        Hope it's OK that I stuck this thread?


                        Join us at deviantart.com - -Click on logo..


                        Upload and share at our new YouTube channel - - Click on logo..




                        Comment


                        • #15
                          Re: Theme Xtreme Starter Kit by ~ gsw953

                          this is awesome john thank you didn't relies just how this kit worked like to say thank you also to greg for his hard work on this with out you guys windows wouldnt be as exciteing thanks again for your inspiration and helping people like me to customize :good2::good2:

                          - - - Updated - - -

                          ha must of new i was going to ask for dock icon lol

                          Comment

                          Working...
                          X