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Silica + Silica glass by snipes2 Silica + Silica glass by snipes2
I started this visual style over a year ago. It was for my personal use at first, but it developed well and i changed more and more parts of the theme, so i decided to share it with you.
My goal was to create a minimalistic visual style with best usability.


The rar file contains:

// Silica visual style
// Silica glass visual style
// Silica explorerframe (64x only, sorry 32x users)
// Silica glass explorerframe (64x only, sorry 32x users)
// preview
// readme

Update - 31.08.2013
You can download the explorerframe.dll for 32x systems here: slowboyfast.deviantart.com/art…


icons in the preview: brsev.deviantart.com/art/Token…
first wallpaper in the preview: otisbee.deviantart.com/art/pin…
second wallpaper in the preview: strandeddesign.com/goodies.htm…
startorb in the preview: ap-graphik.deviantart.com/art/…

Thanks a lot to :iconneiio:, who let me use his APPOWS2010 visual style as base. Silica started off as a personal modification of his style over a year ago. I highly enjoy and appreciate his work.



Thanks for downloading and please let me know about any bugs, errors or problems!


featured here: themefusion.tumblr.com/
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:iconhwimana:
Hwimana Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
How I use it? I already downloaded it, but I still cannot use it
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:iconloskers:
loskers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very nice

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:icone-xotic:
E-Xotic Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Amazing! :D
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:iconfenllas:
FenLlas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers for this; Looks Awesome :]
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:iconyangmie:
yangmie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
nice
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:iconklaqx:
klaqx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
thanks
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:iconxxx4shin:
xxx4shin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
relly good ~~~~! i like it so much!!!
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:iconrakija89:
rakija89 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Hi, how can I change the text color in start menu to black ?

I don't see this gray very well [link]

thanks
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Sorry, i can't develop this any further, since i'm using Win8...
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:iconhellfirejazzy:
hellfirejazzy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
i love the background.... very innocent.....
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:iconbungee18:
bungee18 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Answered my own question: There's only explorerframe dlls for x64. right?
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:iconslowboyfast:
slowboyfast Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Late response time!
I've made x86 (or 32bit as some people call it :P) version. It's available here >>slowboyfast.deviantart.com/art…
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:iconbungee18:
bungee18 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I forgot to ask you a question: I didn't get the cool, rectangular, back and forward system buttons for the explorer windows. I still have the round blue ones from windows 7. Any clues as to what might have caused this? Regards and thanks again, J
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Sorry for the late reply, i can't develop this any further, since i'm using Win8...
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:icondeviantartfan125:
deviantartfan125 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
change the explorerframe.dll. be sure to make a backup incase anything goes wrong. if you didn't make a backup, & everything has gone wrong, don't blame me or the creator, blame it on yourself.
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:iconbungee18:
bungee18 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nice work! It installed seamlessly, looks great and works great. I'm using the glass one with the blue mesh background and the white token icons. Very neat and smart. Thank you for sahring you work. J
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:icondxxxxxj:
dxxxxxj Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Artist
Exactly what I was looking for. Difference between the glass and non-glass styles?
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:iconjiemy19:
jiemy19 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
i'm using window 7 home premium, the last I change my theme, my whole desktop become blank.. what's that supposed to mean?
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:iconhelderm:
helderm Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
amazing vs. imho the best non-aero theme so far.
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:iconhelderm:
helderm Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Silica is the best non-glass theme for windows 7 I've ever seen.
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
It's based on one of neiio's styles, check him out ;)
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:iconpaaranha:
PAaranha Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Icons look like token :D
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, they are ;)
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:iconcoldfuzio:
ColdFuZio Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
how to install this theme
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Ether read the readme inside or check this out: [link]
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:icon1dohcouk:
1dohcouk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
By the way, this is your design?
Or there exist some glitch with my Windows 7 x64?

Look at the tab changer image Alt+Tab window looks different color. Is it normal?

[link]

Thank you so much. I like your skin but I would like to set up the glitches to make it perfect.
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:icon1dohcouk:
1dohcouk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Maybe exists some glitch with php, wikipedia is edited on php i guess.
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:icon1dohcouk:
1dohcouk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
When I try to set username, password or any else I cannot see what I am writing.
Can you resolve?
You are aware of this glitch?

Thank you so much-
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:icon1dohcouk:
1dohcouk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Hello,

I have been experiencing some bugs with Internet Explorer 9, If you could watch my pictures you'll see the issue.
The text box dissappears or reduces. It appears unreadable. What can I do?
Can you work with it and fix ? This error results in wikipedia and other common webpages.

Thank you so much.

Here you can see image:
[link]
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thnk you for reporting this to me!
I'll have a look at this, but can't do it until monday,
please be patient.
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:icon1dohcouk:
1dohcouk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Thank you so much.
Do not worry about time.
I'll be waiting your news.
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Sorry mate,
I can't seem to find the problem within the msstyles...
I don't know about wikipedia, maybe the bug is on their end?
Did you test it in the meantime?
You mentioned PHP, this actually may be the problem.

As for the glitch with the Alt+Tab function:
I can't do something about this ether...
It has to do with the frame margins used by all explorer windows.

Sorry i couldn't help you.
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:icon1dohcouk:
1dohcouk Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Ok, no problem. I have changed to Windows 8. hehe thanks anyway
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:iconrednav909:
rednav909 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
i can't change the icon for start button..........
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:iconrednav909:
rednav909 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
i can't change the icons...
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student General Artist
In the description are links to the start button and the taskbar icons ;)
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:iconansteph:
ansteph Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
i have no idea how to install this theme it keep on giving me a black desktop help please
step by step
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
[link]

This is a great tutorial, hope you will find it useful!
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:icondanielakpan72:
danielakpan72 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
sir can u tell me how 2 install d theme in windoms7 cos it looks coooool
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Here are some step by step instructions: [link]
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:icondanielakpan72:
danielakpan72 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
an u can get 2 me with ma mail danielakpan72@gmail.com
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:iconbarman1942:
Barman1942 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Do I need to rename the dll file to just explorerframe.dll?
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes, i did this so that people don't replace the origina files unintentionally ;)
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:iconxangria22:
xangria22 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice theme. Now I'm off to try and set it up :D
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you very much, it's my personal favourite of my visual styles :)
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:iconjerinian:
jerinian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good day! Sir i really like your theme but is there a way to make the font color on the start menu into black because it doesn't have a good contrast (gray font color on a light gray start menu) And also when i open microsoft word or publisher the font color is the same gray, this font color is not really good specially if your reading documents, i have to highlight all words and turn the font color black again. Thanks in advance!
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Glad you like it, ut there is no way to do that without editing the .msstyle-file. :/
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:iconstormints:
Stormints Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome theme :D Love it :D
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you very much, i appreciate that!
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:iconknockoutpill:
Knockoutpill Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
It looks really nice but there is no description on how to install it so I can't use it. You should consider adding a step by step instruction on how to install it.
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