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November 11, 2011
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+1 by Aaron-A-Arts +1 by Aaron-A-Arts
i always wanted a DD in this category. Thanks guys! now go listen to my dubstep. custo is dead.

the dll's in the download are x86. if you use x64 just use the images with nav button customizer

Updated 12/26: This has the light version toolbar fix for chrome/firefox, it also contains many minor updates but i can't remember them all. the file also includes a darkened transparent taskbar version that is VERY incomplete. with the holidays, finals, and some commissioned web design i've been far too busy to make a proper final version of this package but this should address most of the issues that have been brought to my attention. no monochrome versions yet. sorry. happy holidays custo fans!

Updated 11/18: added substyle dark explorer bar (works with Chrome and Firefox ;) ) + lots of minor fixes. thanks to everyone reporting bugs and helping make this theme badass

+1 extras

Updated 11/17: shadowless frames, left/right taskbars, rounded bottoms ;)


Updated 11/12: i remade the taskbar buttons to accommodate pinned apps and changed/skinned some things. keep the screenshots comming =)

Color scheme based on Google+
Design is inspired by the results of sorting the Windows XP category by Most Popular of all time.

+1 for Windows 7
This theme is a heavily modified Aero. You must get confirmation from me prior to releasing any themes built from or based on my design. Go crazy =p


How to Install & Use Custom 3rd Party Themes
Shell32.dll from bAero

Win 7 Nav Buttons Customizer

Windows 7 Start Orb Changer v4

(this isn't necessary, but if you want that super clean look use it)

PS: There are some elements that i intentionally ignored because i never actually see them in daily use, however there are probably a few little bugs, and some completely ignored sections that will need attention. Please bring to my attention any major issues via screenshot and i'll get it fixed.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-10-13
+1 by ~Aaron-A-Arts ( Suggested by charush and Featured by fediaFedia )
Space0ctopus Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
A DD? Seriously? You have got to be kidding me....this style is horrible & overused & quite honestly, something that's just super easy for the uncreative to do so they can make things. Frankly, it sucks that this is now what is popular & considered "good" design.... as far as I'm concerned, to be a good graphic designer means actually being a good graphic designer, someone who is an actual artist & makes something that can't be so easily replicated by anyone in the world with a computer....this is the reason why I often am miserable sitting at a computer which was once my haven, my one place to enjoy & go to all my life, the misery is caused by the fact these designs have become the "standard" & everyone goes far beyond "minimalism" & "simplicity" to just make everything boring, flat & ugly. There comes a point where it's just too far & everyone has reached far beyond it. I don't blame you personally for originally creating this style, but you are certainly part of the problem. Because of people like you, I am FORCED to use software I can't even stand looking at, which in order for them to make the software have the style,  they use some software that makes the UI so that it doesn't conform to MY Windows 7 theme choices, making it often beyond miserable because unlike every other idiot, I do NOT enjoy staring at burning bright windows on a burning bright screen all day. I spend most of my time on the computer, I prefer not to have my eyes assaulted. I'm just saying, a little more creativity & thought goes a long way & I find it rather lazy that everyone would rather have things like this, nothing but flat, boring, bland boxes with contrasting colors, often of the most boring variety. I like things to look unique or beautiful, not boring and flat. I know this is not how everyone feels, but I also feel like I shouldn't have to be the one to suffer just because the majority likes something, especially when the majority never even used computers until they started making them ultra-over-easily used by everyone (a mistake) & they still mostly only use them as an internet machine.... I'm not saying 100%, mind you, just the majority. The truth is most of the people who prefer this style just don't spend the amount of time on their computers, or love their computers as much as people like me & yet we are always cast aside as if we don't matter & making us miserable is almost a joy for them.  If you wanna design things like this, by all means, do it, but if you ever make a UI for a software group or something, please keep in mind that there are still a TON of people who don't want the UI forced on them in such an accosting way & we prefer things to work WITH our Windows 7 custom themes & colors, rather than against them......
Target3 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
use the universal theme installer
SurendarR10 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
i took ownership of explorerframe.dll
i have windows 7 ultimate SPI 
after installation the the aero is disabled what to do now? please help i desperately want this theme Theme error
GintamaCountry Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
What font did you use for this?
michael7paul Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
nice  ,  ty
KanDek1 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
The icon set is the same as the one used in the tutorial on HowToGeek linked in the "How to Install Custom Themes" page (…

Kaze95 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Any chance on the Chrome skin?
Molverine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
thx for this amesome theme^^
there's a problem with resource monitor, text is not showing
Thelemiic Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Mateo-theFox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Would be awesome if this made a reappearance for Windows 8.  This was my favorite them while I had Windows 7.
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