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How do I change windows shell buttons; eg:close,maximize

  1. #1


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 x64

    How do I change windows shell buttons; eg:close,maximize


    As stated in the title, I was wondering how to do that? I heard something about using Resource Hacker to change the buttons but I am a newbie to these types of customizing and need some guidance.

    Here's what my buttons look like now:
    Click image for larger version

    What I would like them to look:
    Click image for larger version

    Thanks!

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I use Window Blinds from Stardock:

    Skin the Windows desktop interface with WindowBlinds

    A picture of one of my themes;

    Click image for larger version
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  3. #3


    Iowa
    Posts : 71
    Windows 7 Pro/Win 8.1 Pro


    Welcome to the Eight Forums

    You will find those buttons in the Steam image #997 in the aero.msstyles (look at screenshot below highlighted in red I put the image on top of a light gray background so it could be seen better)
    Click image for larger version

    Are you using the default Aero theme or a custom theme? Do you already have the buttons that you want to use?

    This tutorial Taskbar Button: Change Color of Orange Flashing Button - Windows 7 Help Forums will show you some basic editing using 30 day free trial of Restorator - Bome Software - Restorator - the resource editor for customization, localization, and translation.

    I would recommend that you start a new custom theme from scratch so you do not corrupt the original look at Post #38 Here it will show you how it is for Windows 7 but it would be the same for Windows 8/8.1. it will be a custom theme and you need to Download UxStyle Core Beta (For Windows 8 and later operating systems) UxStyle and follows this tutorial for it to work Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums




    Jerry
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    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 x64


    @ Bongo & Jerry thank you for your help, I decided to download Skin the Windows desktop interface with WindowBlinds since it's the easier way to do it and I'm lazy.
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    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    Are you using the default Aero theme or a custom theme? Do you already have the buttons that you want to use?

    Jerry
    Now that I think about it, is there a way to extract ".tga" files from a Windows ".msstyles" type of file? That seems to be the only way to get what custom button I want, since ".mui" and ".msstyles" is the only file type in the theme folder. I would use the theme itself but it only works for Windows 7.

    link to theme:
    Placebo for Windows 7 by SolMiler on deviantART
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    Iowa
    Posts : 71
    Windows 7 Pro/Win 8.1 Pro
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