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    Tools needed to install and run custom themes

    These are the tools that I personally use without issue, tools you will need to install and run custom themes as intended by the designer(s).

    I have created this because a lot of members, especially new members have trouble with installing and getting third part themes to look like what is pictured by the designer, 99.9% of the time it is because one or more of the tools listed below are not installed or not configured properly. This list may change from time to time with updated software and methods, it would be a good idea to bookmark it.

    Theme Patchers:
    UX Theme Signature Bypass (Recommended) (Free)
    Download is located at the bottom of this post
    - This is the patcher that I personally use, I have used it since Windows 8 without incident.
    - This patcher allows you to complete Windows updates without having to revert to the default Windows theme before doing so, You can leave you custom theme installed and Windows updates can be completed on the fly!
    Some may use this in conjunction with another UX Theme Patcher as sort of a "Backup", personally, I have used it stand alone since Windows 8 and have never had one issue with it.
    - If you do not have some sort of UX Theme patcher installed you will not be able to run third party custom themes.
    - If you choose to use this method but NOT use Aeroglass (Below) you will need to manually create an Aeroglass directory on your C: drive because it is there that the tool is ran from.
    - The tool was developed by the same maker of Aeroglass, if you would like to read more about it you can here:[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Windows Explorer Tweaker:
    OldNewExplorer - Current Version is 1.1.8.4 (Free)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    - OldNewExplorer is the Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1, and 8) shell extension / tweaker which can undo "improvements" to file browsing made in newer Windows versions. Everything is optional for your liking.
    - After installing OldNewExplorer, use the following configuration by opening your C:\ONE directory and double clicking the "OldNewExplorerCfg.exe" file.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Start Menu and Taskbar:

    StartIsBack+ (Free Trial - $3.99)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Current Version - 2.8.2 - For Windows 10 RS2 (Creators Update, version 1703) Thru RS6 (Spring 2019 Creators Update, version 1903)
    2.8.1 - For Windows 10 RS2 (Creators Update, version 1703) Thru RS5 (Fall 2018 Creators Update, version 1809)
    1.3.4 for Windows 10 versions RS1, TH2 (versions 1507 , 1511) up to The Anniversary Update (version 1607)
    1.7.6 for Windows 8.1 only
    2.1.2 for Windows 8 only
    - Taskbar Skinning
    - Center Icons on Taskbar
    - Ability to reduce resource usage by disabling newer Start menu and Cortana processes from prelaunching
    - Ability to use adequately sized (32x32) large icons and larger start menu button on taskbar
    - Modern icon glyphs on Start menu right hand pane
    - Modern blur, drop shadow and immersive context menus for start menu
    - Fully dynamic DPI aware start menu and configuration app
    - New modern style with round user picture
    - Lots of new minor additions and tweaks

    - Upon first installation of this software, glyph icons must be disabled, otherwise your power button configuration on your start menu will not be placed correctly. You can do this by:
    - A.) Going to the control panel and click on "Start Menu" or
    - B.) Click on your start button to open the start menu then right click in an empty area of the start menu and select properties.
    - Either action will open the StartIsBack Configuration menu.
    - After opening the configuration menu , deselect "Display glyph icons" as in the graphic below. If you do not de-select this your start menu wlll not display properly.



    Optional Software:
    Aeroglass (Donationware)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    - Aeroglass will restore that Window 7 acrylic glass feeing to your Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 machine
    - A simple donation will get you a key to use Aeroglass unrestricted, although the software can be used free without a key indefinitely but be warned, without a donation to receive a key it will have a watermark present at the bottom right corner of your screen.

    - There are multiple versions of Aeroglass depending on what your Windows OS may be ....

    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.5.11
    This version is up to Win10 v1809 (10.0.17763).

    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.5.3
    This version is for Win10 10.0.14393 only.

    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.4.6
    This version is for Win8.1 6.3.9600 and for Win10 up to 10.0.10586.

    Aero Glass for Win8 v1.3
    IMPORTANT: This is for Windows 8 ONLY and it does NOT work on Windows 8.1



    Everything on the list with the exception of the Theme Patcher is pretty much optional but beware if you do leave any of them out with the exception of Aeroglass, the installed theme will not look as intended and will possibly have parts of the graphics missing.

    Theme Install Directory:
    All third party custom themes should be installed to your "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes" directory on your hard drive.

    Custom Icon Installation:
    There are two different schools of installation of custom icons for Windows:
    - 7tsp icon packs
    - iPack icon packs
    Personally I prefer iPacks over 7tsp packs, reason being is that iPacks install and uninstall much cleaner than 7tsp packs, 7tsp packs have a nasty habit of not uninstalling cleanly , leaving unwanted icons behind, then the user having to run an sfc scan in command prompt to cleanup the unwanted left behind icons.

    Just a little note when installing and uninstalling whether it be 7tsp or iPacks, turn off and disable all Antivirus / Antimalware and Antiransomware (All security software in general) software before installing and before uninstalling, leaving them running is going to provide undesired results and your custom icons may not fully install or uninstall, this is because you will be changing certain .dll's that are protected by your security software, therefore it/they must be disabled in order to complete the changes.
    Some people do not like doing this (disabling security software) and if you are one of them that is fine too but if you install custom icons with your security software enabled and the pack either does not install or does not uninstall fully, you will know why. I have been using the disable method here for years without any issue or problems whatsoever, I however cannot speak for other custom theme / icon sites as the only material for themes and icons I use are from Virtual Customs and Virtual Customs alone.
    Once the installation is complete you can re-enable or re-start (if requested by the pack) to re-enable your security software.


    As with any changes one makes to their system, it is both an EXCELLENT and RECOMMENDED idea to make a restore point or better yet a backup of the present system before doing so
    It will save you A TON of headaches in the end
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    This will Help a lot of Noobies and save a lot of Time Bro, a Great IdeaCheerz Man !!
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    amaaazing and very helpful tutorial someone really need this for applying themes without problems and dont know where to find instructions and here is all in one very nice thread
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    Great guide, although if I may suggest, the link for Theme Signature Bypass in the official website might not be as easy for some people to use since t's manual. I've noticed that the manual injection actually doesn't work on my systems anymore, and hasn't since tha start of the Creators Updates, however MrGRiM's installer actually works flawlessly for me even solo [not sure what workaround he used to get it working, ]. My suggestion is to link the page he shared his installer on as well for those who can't get the manual injection to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nimbi View Post
    Great guide, although if I may suggest, the link for Theme Signature Bypass in the official website might not be as easy for some people to use since t's manual. I've noticed that the manual injection actually doesn't work on my systems anymore, and hasn't since tha start of the Creators Updates, however MrGRiM's installer actually works flawlessly for me even solo [not sure what workaround he used to get it working, ]. My suggestion is to link the page he shared his installer on as well for those who can't get the manual injection to work.
    Thanks for the info Nimbi, I have updated the post, it now includes a download of the tool at the bottom of the first post.
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