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N-0n

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Windows 7 Customizations
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:05:32 PM »
Playing around with windows 7 - I learned how to change the login splash animation, the login background splash, how to remove the Microsoft branding, and installing a cool dark theme as well as new icons.

Please check out the you tube video I just finished; showing the difference between the original windows 7 and the custom one i spend most of yesterday modifying.

If anyone is interested in learning how to change the windows 7 login animation or creating their own custom animation - I could make a tutorial for that.

Enjoy.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XppLZ30DNYg

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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 04:56:33 PM »
I've seen this done many times, but I liked your video. I edit videos for fun every once and a while (one a month) and I though that it was edited very well. Very simple and clean. You might be interested in this next. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w26r1x1pKAo
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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 05:07:07 PM »
Nice job, N-0n.
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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 06:48:54 PM »
Hey N-0n,

Cool video and nice customization.  I would interested in learning the steps you took to make the changes.

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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 07:13:24 PM »
I wonder if this will work in Windows 8? Possibly customize Metro?
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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 11:02:57 AM »
Thank you all for your positive feed back. I will work on a write up that explains in detail the steps to customize your windows 7 splash animation as well as installing 3rd party custom themes.

I will be installing windows 8 - and I will see if the same can be done with similar steps.

Be well.

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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 12:23:13 PM »
No the themes you installed and other thing did you have to run a exe on them or make any registery changes? the only reason why i ask is because I knwo back in the days some friends use to add extra code to the themes for backdoor to machines that ran the themes or exe to make the animation work.

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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012, 10:11:59 AM »
For adding custom themes you need to run universal theme patcher: http://windows7themes.net/themes/UniversalTheme Patcher_20090409.zip

This patcher will automatically patch the following files on Windows 7: uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, themeservice.dll
In order to patch the files, you will to run this with administrator privileges. To provide admin rights, right-click on the file and select “Run as administrator”:

Then you can d/l thems by googeling them or you can go here http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/download-windows-7-themes/ and check those ones out. Deviant art hosts a lot of cool ones as well.

Mostly, unless your changing the explorer bar or start orb; installation requires adding the custom theme and its support folder to c:\windows\resources\themes.

To customize the Windows 7 start up animation takes longer. First download windows 7 boot updater http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/Win7BootUpdater.exe.
You can check out the authors website for extra instructions /info here: http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/

Next: you will need to find/modify/create a animated gif; I got the animated gif you see on the youtube video from here: http://izismile.com/2011/02/01/stunning_animated_gifs_37_gifs.html

Right click on the animated gif you like and then save it on your computer - ie: My Pictures.

Next comes the task of scaling the animated gif to  200 x 200 pixels and then making the animated gif have 105 frames and then exporting the animated gif into individual .png frames.
You can do this by downloading Jasc Animation Shop 3.11 from here http://www.freewaregeeks.com/download-freewaregeeks/ani311en.exe or from torrent. *ahem

Install it, run it- goto file - open - and open your animated gif that you downloaded.

 Click on Animation - Resize animation - change the pixel size to 200 x 200 pixels(as per instructions of author of windows 7 boot updater - there might not be a limit to the 200 pixel size but I don't have time to test out larger animations) . click okay.
Next:

Next comes the tedious part of making this 15 frame animated gif into a 105 frame animation that microsoft wants.

The easy way to do this is to select all, edit - copy, click on the last frame of the animation and click on edit - paste - after current frame. do this until you have at least 105 frames in your animation. If its at exactly 105 - it might animate seamlessly if more or less - there will be a blank spot or noticeable frame skip.

When finished creating the 105 frame animation
Press ctrl-a or Edit - Select All to select all the frames
Next; click on File - Save Frames As - find or create a separate folder to save all the images into it : change file type to .png and click on Save.

That will convert the animated gif into separate frames and save those frames as png images.

Final step - Download and open up Windows 7 Boot Updater http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/Win7BootUpdater.exe

Underneath animation change default to animation: select the folder you saved all your frames into and click okay. You can preview the animation and change the text around the animation to say something else besides "starting windows" or you can disable all the text. Click on the resuming tab to change the resuming splash animation or keep it the same.

Click apply and then restart your computer to see the changes.

I really like the effect and its cool to see some MC Escher animation when windows starts than the default MS BS.

I hope someone finds the effort i put into typing this useful.


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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 06:03:48 AM »
Got really inspired to customize my Win7, so this is what it looks like right now. I will try to make a custom splash boot screen later on :)
http://i47.tinypic.com/2hwelhk.jpg
« Last Edit: December 28, 2012, 06:09:18 AM by Mariestads »

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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2012, 08:50:49 AM »
nice! what theme are you using? and what dock is that?

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Re: Windows 7 Customizations
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2012, 09:22:25 AM »
nice! what theme are you using? and what dock is that?

If you meant me, I'm using Crystal Gloss by Redmile Crystal Gloss Win7 Theme and Rocketdock with DesignGlassColorPack from Rocketdock Glass skin pack :-)

Start up and login screen : My boot up screen

Pst, Google Chrome Theme! Dark Brushed Metal Chrome Theme

« Last Edit: December 29, 2012, 10:03:06 AM by Mariestads »