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Shiroi - A Light Theme for Windows 7 by vanessabanessa89 Shiroi - A Light Theme for Windows 7 by vanessabanessa89
UPDATES & FIXES (2.17.2012)


:bulletwhite: FIXED the Firefox TOOLBAR bug! I hope you all will be encouraged to check this out now.

UPDATES & FIXES (2.11.2012)


:bulletwhite: FIXED the Firefox menu bug! No longer super wide menu.
:bulletwhite: FIXED explorer frames!
:bulletwhite: CHANGED taskbar height and improved taskitem buttons.
:bulletwhite: IMPROVED start menu to reflect dark theme.
:bulletwhite: FIXED application menu bug (as in WSB)- menu bg now reflects the rest of the theme.

STILL NO WORD ON SYSTEM TRAY BUG. I'm still searching for a solution.




It's finally done! And it only took me a matter of days. So allow me to present you....


NOTE: I know this is very long, so I took the liberty of dividing this up into sections- just keep an eye out for the BOLD CAPITALIZED text. Future themes won't be this long in the future.




1. Use uxthemepatcher x86 or x64 (depending on your system) to patch the files necessary to use 3rd party themes (themes not made by Microsoft). Pretty self-explanatory. Restart.

2. Extract the contents of Shiroi's "theme" folder to C:WindowsResourcesThemes.

3. Turn off the ugly blur behind the windows by using "Aeroblurtweaker." If it gives you an error message stating that you don't have permission, then you need to "Take Ownership" of the specified file. You can do this by using the other tool provided and install "TakeOwnership.reg." Once that's complete, right click the file that you need to gain access to, and select "Take Ownership."

4. Right click on your desktop to open the "Personalization" options, and select "Shiroi" from the menu. That's it! :dance:


This is my first FINAL, and COMPLETE theme. The previous theme I released was only a BETA and its target audience was mainly testers and those who wanted to provide constructive for me so that I can improve the theme...

I was largely inspired by the Windows XP VS "Case" ([link] by ~maximhuz because I really wanted a light grayscale theme for Windows 7, but hadn't really seen any that'd peaked my interest. So, I decided to make one of my own. :dance:

Included in the zip file are a few resources to help you get the theme installed, and the theme itself ONLY. I haven't created the resources for it yet but will get on it soon. These include a shellstyle.dll, explorerframe.dll, and more. For now, I am using "Gnome Colors," which I am in LOVE with right now- the link to which will be posted below where I state the resources I used in the screenshot.

Anyway, I hope you all like what this theme has to offer! I worked really hard on it, and am very pleased with the results. There are a few bugs I've noticed that I'll also try and get worked out, but didn't feel like they disrupted the theme TOO much to prevent its release.

By the way... If you comment noting a bug that is already listed here, then will be obvious to me that you did NOT read the description, and I will not respond to you. I repeat. I am WORKING on these. I'm sorry, I don't like being too redundant.


:bulletblue: rouge lists in Firefox
:bulletblue: a little work on the explorer frame borders
:bulletblue: some weird bug where if you move the taskbar, the system tray goes haywire. D:
:bulletblue: And lastly, I need to find the location of some fonts, or add the font property to various locations like the task manager, and properties window for the start menu.

Also worth mentioning...

THIS IS AN AERO THEME. This does NOT support Basic. Not yet, at least. Also, this does not support right or left taskbars. I overlooked this while making the theme, but will be adding this in my first update.


Any questions or suggestions? Feel free to let me know! :pencil: Anything you like in particular, or something you would like to see changed? Feel free to let me know! I may provide additional .msstyles in future updates for this theme, so feedback is encouraged! :nod:


:bulletgreen: "Gnome Colors Patcher" by ~heebijeebi [link] (Comes conveniently in an .exe file for easy installation)
:bulletgreen: "Punto" by ~kiko11 [link] (one of my favorite themers!)

Okay, so that's pretty much it. Hope you enjoy the theme, and keep an eye out for updates! :hug:

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iluvbubz Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
LZTQ Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Artist
Very nice!I love it
Huku9H1F Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
This looks really nice.
AyuruMew Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Mm.. Unfortunately I cannot get this to work at all. I've tried everything you said, restarted SO many times you would not believe. I end up with a regular windows Aero theme when I try to select it. @__@; Thanks anyway I guess. ~
vanessabanessa89 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's because you haven't patched your system to use third party themes.  You need to use tool I provided in the "Tools" folder called "UXthemepatcher.exe."  If you're running x86 system, you only need to use the x86 version, but if you're on x64, then you need to use both.  After that, the program will restart your system, and then you can use the theme.   
WaffleDUH Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Oh my glob, this is amazing

Because my internet is potato, I can't download all the stuff you need to install it though, so when I can, I'm pretty sure it'll be awesome :D

But how come somebody hasn't made one simple program that does ALL of it, in one program, so that you don't need to download all the stuff, or that it does it for you? Or just a simple drag, drop, program does the rest thing? Maybe somebody could make a sort of modloader styled thing
vanessabanessa89 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I'm glad you like my theme. ^^ It's due for a major overhaul though, which is currently in the works.

And someone actually HAS made a single program where you can install everything all at once. It's like a theme packager program, or something. So you install if like any other program. ;) I, however, don't really like those, because I enjoy being able to control what to install and what not to install... if that makes any sense...

If you download the .zip file it comes with the theme that you then drag and drop into your c:/windows/resources/themes folder. That's how you install it.

Anyway, I hope I helped. I don't know if I answered all your questions, but hopefully it'll help get you started.

Happy theming!
HunterDisco Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
What program used?
vanessabanessa89 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean? How to use the theme? I didn't use a program to do so. Follow the instructions in the description under "Installation."
HunterDisco Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
What is the program you used to create the theme?
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