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    This is a discussion about "Theme Resource Changer". What it does and how to use it.
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    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 Panel in System properties. This will even work for the icons in the shell32.dll.
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    The concept is real simple, and real easy to customize. 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, completely transforming your computer in a matter of seconds.
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    Like the name implies, this tool will change selected resources to match your theme of choice. Works on both 32bit & 64 bit systems. You can switch themes as often as you like. You only have to run this tool once and it works with any theme you like. This is not an application or an installer. This does not edit any exe's or dll's at all but rather it works from memory so your exe's and dll's are left untouched. It just adds a dll to your Program files folder and a few registry tweaks to use memory instead of editing any existing System files.
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    Theme Resource Changer can be downloaded here in this thread.. The download includes a test theme named "Black aero" already set up with the 3 folders and included images to show you how its done and how simple it is. And after you run TRC you can apply this test theme right away to see how easy it works.[/B]



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    NOTE
    I do not claim credit for the development of this tool.
    I only created this tutorial in an attempt to give a more clear explanation to the beginner about how to use this app.


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    For example. Take a look at screen shot 'Before_TRC'.
    1_Before_TRC.png
    This screen shows examples of the installed theme "ICS Red" without TRC running.
    Notice the default Start button orb, the default Explorer navigation buttons, and the default side panel images for System properties.



    Now take a look at screen shot 'After_TRC'.
    11_After_TRC.png
    This screen shows examples of the same installed theme "ICS Red" with TRC running.
    The designer of this theme (gsw953) has already included with his theme, the 3 necessary folders for TRC to work.


    Now that you know what it does, let's go thru the installation part.
    First I want to suggest you save any open documents at this time.
    When this app is running, the explorer process will be briefly stopped and re-started.

    1) Determine if your system is 32bit, or 64bit.
    Click on the start button, Right click on Computer, Now click on Properties.
    Located in the middle of the page is your system type.
    Reference screen 'System_Type'.

    2_System_Type.png


    2) BE SURE TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT VERSION INSTALLER,
    then right click and select "Run as Administrator".
    Reference screen 'Run_As_Administrator'.

    3_Run_As_Administrator.png


    3) Next it will detect your operating system.
    If you happen to start the wrong version,
    you will see a notice that says "This program is not compatible with your version of Windows and cannot be installed".
    Reference screen 'Wrong_Version'.

    4_Wrong_Version.png


    4) If TRC is already installed, it will tell you that must first uninstall it before you can re-install again.
    Reference screen 'Already_Installed'.

    5_Already_Installed.png


    5) Once the installer starts you have the option to change the folder install location.
    Most computers would be the drive letter "C".


    Information
    Make sure the drive is selected where your Windows operating system is installed.


    Reference screen 'Drive_Selection'.
    6_Drive_Selection.png


    6) Next you have to choose to accept the license agreement.
    Now click the "Next" button.
    Reference screen 'License-Agreement'.

    7_Licence_Agreement.png


    7) After installation it will automatically restart explorer and a command window will appear for a brief moment.
    The interface will announce that the installation was successful.
    Click "OK" and your done with this part.
    Reference screen 'Successful'.

    8_Successful.png


    8) If your installed theme is already setup to use with TRC,
    at this time you should start to see the images changing as you start browsing in Windows.
    Reference screen 'After_Installing'.

    11_After_TRC.png


    9) Next open Control Panel and click on "Folder Options".
    Click on the "View" tab on top. Scroll down until you see "Launch folder windows in a separate process"
    Make sure the box is UN-CHECKED. Some of the images will not change if this box is checked.

    Reference screen 'Folder Options'.
    9_Folder_Options.png


    10) Next Open Control Panel and click on "Display".
    Make sure the radio button is checked for "Smaller - 100% (default)".
    If your DPI settings are not at default, the start orb & navigation buttons will not change.
    Reference screen 'DPI_Settings'.

    10_DPI_Settings.png


    11) With Theme Resource Changer now setup, all you have to do is apply a theme that already has the 3 folders included for this app,
    -OR-
    manually setup any of the older theme styles yourself.
    Plus, even if you have a theme already setup, you can do some editing in just these 3 folders to add your own custom touch.


    Information
    Most of the newer themes since the year 2010 are including the 3 specific folders & images necessary for TRC.
    But, if you want to customize a theme that does not include the 3 necessary folders, I have included instructions in the download that will explain how to do that also.



    12) If you want to verify that a theme is setup to use TRC,
    open the theme folder and look for these 3 folders, spelled EXACTLY like you see the folder names here;
    - explorer.exe
    - explorerframe.dll
    - Shell32.dll

    If you see these 3 folders, AND the images inside are .png format, you are ready to apply your theme and watch TRC do it's magic.
    Your images are changed with no more editing, no rebooting, in a matter of seconds. Plus you can switch themes as often as you like.

    13) Again, Theme Resource Changer will automatically change the start orb & user picture frame (found in the explorer.exe folder),
    Explorer navigation buttons & various Explorer images (found in the explorerframe.dll folder),
    and the navigation panel in the system properties applet, plus icons found in the shell32.dll (found in the Shell32.dll folder).




    ** What is in the download **
    - Theme Resource Changer.
    - Screens.
    - Detailed instructions.
    - Extras.



    ** Credits **
    - Thanks to gsw953 for the awesome theme style 'ICS Red'.
    - Thanks to the developer of Theme Resource Changer.



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  • #2
    Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

    Great info Jack thanks :read:
    Last edited by CybaCreep; 17-04-2013, 05:14.

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    • #3
      Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

      Wow Jack outstanding tutorial and information,+Rep for you buddy.

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      • #4
        Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

        Wow Jack my friend excellent tutorial and information thank you

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        • #5
          Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

          thank you helped me alot

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          • #6
            Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

            Ok. This Helps me...

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            • #7
              Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

              Thank you that helps alot

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              • #8
                Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                This will be a big help for a noob like me. :LOL1:

                thank you man!


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                • #9
                  Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                  very good info Jack
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                  • #10
                    Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                    thanks .

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                      Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                      Originally posted by Handsomestud View Post
                      thanks .

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                        Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                        Originally posted by HammerJack View Post
                        You are showing 11 post's now and content should be unlocked.
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                        No problems, just the min 10 char .. all works just fine

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                        • #13
                          Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                          Ok let's try this one to see if it works better than mine TRC
                          MEGATHEMER​

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                          • #14
                            Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                            Great tutorial!

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                            • #15
                              Re: How-To Theme Resource Changer...

                              this is helpful

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