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A new minimalistic Visual Style for Windows 7

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What makes this Visual Style special is, that you are able to adjust
the color of the frames, the start menu and the taskbar
like in the standard aero visual style of Windows 7!
I kept the rest of the Visual Style monochrome,
so it is compatible with almost every wallpaper.

You can see another preview here: [link] and here: [link]

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The pack contains two versions with different explorerframe.dll files:

next level solid - with Mac inspired frames
next level genuine - with Windows inspired frames

I highly recommend you to use the Chiquis shell32.dll files
by =kiko11. You can download them here:[link]

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Thank you very much for downloading my art!
I'm always happy to see what people do with my stuff,
so feel free to send me a link to your screenshots!
Please let me know if you encounter any bugs.

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Credits:
=kiko11 for the shell32.dll files
~AlexAvila for the x32 versions of the explorerframes
~kAtz93 for the base Visual Style Tequilla
*Delta909 for the wallpaper used in the preview

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Edit 01.01.2012:
Featured in the Daily Deviations,
many thanks to :iconalexander-gg: for the feature and :iconminato-kushina: for the suggesting it!
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Given 2012-01-01
next level by ~snipes2 With beautiful design and colors, this skin attracts your attention immediately! ( Suggested by Minato-Kushina and Featured by Alexander-GG )
:iconhb860:
hb860 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Cool theme!
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:iconblackimpressor:
BlackImpressor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Alter Schalter. Das hat "Style".  Love 
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:iconklepto-man:
klepto-man Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Awesome

If only the default white back color were a bit darker, it would be perfect.

As it is, I darken it with the advanced color dialog.
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teek5449 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Nice theme with just one (kinda major) issue: make a multiselection in an explorer window then CTRL click a file in one of the previous selected files (to deselect it) and the background does not revert back to the default explorer background color. This makes selecting multiple files a real hassle since you can not make large selections then remove some selections from the group.

I imagine that it is an easy fix so I am hoping for one soon :)
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, i used the same image for multiple "stages" of selection...
I currently don't really have the time to fix that, but i'll try not to forget about that :D
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:iconsimbadz:
Simbadz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
cool :typerhappy:
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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:iconbruellkaefer:
Bruellkaefer Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ja Nein


eindeutig ja :D
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, danke :D
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witchhunttress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
...And thanks again :D
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shak3800 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
We need basic support
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SiCKXMedia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Forgot the link: [link]
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SiCKXMedia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Damn. :D The basic part is f'd up badly. Just when I found the almost perfect VS.
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, i know, sorry about that!
I messed it up pretty hard... so hard, I hardly got it working in the end :D
Maybe i'll give it another try some time...
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shak3800 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
It's great , the only thing missing is basic support . Add that and this will be downloaded and favored even more.

Minimalism and basic go well together ;)
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
It will be hard, since i messed up the basic parts :D
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DarkValkiria Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Very fresh and original design, it stylizes the windows layout to a pleasant combination of forms and colours. Well done :) favved~
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for the feedback!
I appreciate it :)
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:iconwinplayboy:
winplayboy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
can you add basic support?.........
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I messed up the basic style pretty hard :D
But i'll try!
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:iconwinplayboy:
winplayboy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
waiting for it please try hard...........best of luck
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot, i appreciate your comment!
In fact this is the VS i spent most time on :D
Thanks again and happy new year!
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:iconwolfsmusclegirls:
WolfsMuscleGirls Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks very good! this work on Win XP sp3?
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Sorry, supports Win7 only :)
I'm glad you like it though!
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:icondaydreamer1324:
daydreamer1324 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If I wasn't so terrible with computers, I might actually try installing it.
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Maybe i can talk you through?
Installing the VS is pretty easy, the explorerframes, however aren't...
Here's a simple tut if you're interested: [link]
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kartracer76 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Saw this in daily deviations, immediately stopped everything and went about installing this. Looks great, a really clean and simplistic styling. I'm actually finally happy with the way I've got my PC configured. Thanks!!!

One slight foible; I think this has to do with the Explorer.dll file. It seems that when I wish to download a file, I'm no longer given the address bar so I may choose where I download a file to. Also, when I want to chose a wireless network to join, there is no check box for joining the network automatically. Though, that might be an issue arising from the shell32.dll file created by =kiko11
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot, i'm glad you like my work!

Your problem is a common issue, caused randomly and unattached to any VS or .dll file...
It just happens from time to time :D
You can find the solution here in the comments: [link]

"start > run > cmd > type sfc /scannow and let it scan, it will fix all the files that are incorrect. However once it's done you will have to run the uxtheme patcher again."

I hope that helps!
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:iconkartracer76:
kartracer76 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks a million, works great now!!!
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:iconkweamod:
Kweamod Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
got the same problem. never touched the shell32.dll file though...
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:iconminato-kushina:
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
:iconcongratsddplz: Many congratulations, my dear! :hug: It's a really beautiful and well-designed piece, like the rest of your works! :heart:

Keep up your talented job and good luck with your messages today! :)

:iconhnyplz: :party:
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
He he,
It seems to me like i'm here all day long :party:
Also, you must be responsible for a great part of my in-box messages :D
I admire your efforts, you really make people happy!
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:iconminato-kushina:
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Many messages are almost always fun! :D

Thank you for your kind words, I am glad to see that in your case these efforts were successful! ;)
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, it's awesome to get so much feedback!
Can't imagine somebody not beeing happy about a DD feature :D
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:iconminato-kushina:
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
:iconclearmsgplz: ;)
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MugiwaraCaptain Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aaah shoooot. i want that for win xp : (
congratulations though, really good work : )
happy new year
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much,
happy new year!
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:iconsrudy:
SRudy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha it's ironic that you used the iMac icon for "computer"
good design though.
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Matches the overall design much better than the standard icon :D
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:iconsrudy:
SRudy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
haha true, well done
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:iconayior:
Ayior Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Ich werds ausprobieren, Individuelle PCs FTW!
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:iconsnipes2:
snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Danke :D
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:iconkweamod:
Kweamod Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glückwunsch! Und ein frohes Neues! Gibt irgendwo ne Anleitung, wie man den Style verwenden kann? Hab sowas noch nie gemacht, aber find das megageil! :D
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Hier ist eine ganz gute Anleitung auf Englisch: [link]
Ich wünsch dir auch ein gutes neues Jahr,
herzlichen Dank!
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Kweamod Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So, habs hinbekommen. Danke für den Link! Allerdings ist mir ein Bug aufgefallen. Wenn ich in Firefox etwas runterlade öffnet sich ja das "Speichern unter..." Fenster. Da fehlt aber dann rechts meine Navigation (Favoriten, Bibliotheken, usw.) Hab ich was falsch gemacht? Oder kann man das irgendwie beheben?? Lg
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Nein, das ist ein Bug, der hin und wieder auftaucht, wenn Systemdateien ersetzt werden...
Ganz unabhängig vom Visual Style oder den. .dll-Dateien. Das Selbe ist mir auch schon einmal passiert :D

Hier ist die Lösung in den Kommentaren: start > run > cmd > type sfc /scannow and let it scan, it will fix all the files that are incorrect. However once it's done you will have to run the uxtheme patcher again.

"start > run > cmd > type sfc /scannow and let it scan, it will fix all the files that are incorrect. However once it's done you will have to run the uxtheme patcher again."
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Kweamod Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Jetzt funktionierts! Großes Danke nochmal für deine Zeit und für das Teilen dieses tollen Styles :)
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snipes2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Na dann :D
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