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Any ideas for changing the background of Metro

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    Any ideas for changing the background of Metro


    Probably not possible, but I remember back when on Developer Preview, we had a Japanese guy who offered the possibility to change this.

    I do not think this will work on the CP release as is now, but I think the background for the Metro could be more spicy, at least personalized.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    Probably not possible, but I remember back when on Developer Preview, we had a Japanese guy who offered the possibility to change this.

    I do not think this will work on the CP release as is now, but I think the background for the Metro could be more spicy, at least personalized.

    Jeff
    Hint: imageres.dll
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    Heh...

    It'll probably become possible in the coming weeks or months as the modders take over to undo the various bits of damage and left out features of Windows 8. It looks like changing the metro backtround will be like changing the windows start animation, tricky but doable for a coder (or a decent res hacker), then easy once someone writes a tool for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Heh...

    It'll probably become possible in the coming weeks or months as the modders take over to undo the various bits of damage and left out features of Windows 8. It looks like changing the metro backtround will be like changing the windows start animation, tricky but doable for a coder (or a decent res hacker), then easy once someone writes a tool for it.
    Except its not that easy to do, only changing the pattern doesnt seem to work, you get this

    Click image for larger version
    now the color is in uxtheme.dll but there is no god damn way you could make it transparent (at least with my HEX Editing skills, which arent that great)
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    Ah so there is no image at all for the center portion?

    Well people will still be able to put custom art on top and bottom I guess, it's something. :/

    My guess as to the purpose of the split is to facilitate future advertising space.
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    weird thing is that this space varies depending on the pattern selected so we might have some hope after all. We just need to move it totally out of our way
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    Wait, if you tamper with the uxtheme.dll, you can change ALL the colors of Start?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wait, if you tamper with the uxtheme.dll, you can change ALL the colors of Start?...
    Hi there
    The earlier Chinese applications to change the colours etc do NOT work on W8 RTM REAL builds. I didn't even think they worked on the RP version either.

    I'm sure the good peeps over at Deviant art will soon find a way.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    thanks guys,

    what also would be nice is the possibility to have gadgets in the Metro.....too much to ask???

    Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    thanks guys,

    what also would be nice is the possibility to have gadgets in the Metro.....too much to ask???

    Jeff
    Yes probably too much.

    Well yes you can change pretty much any color via uxtheme.dll . What I did is got the RGB of the color I wanted to change, then google RGB TO HEX converter found the matching HEX searched with HEX Editor from uxtheme.dll changed color and restart explorer.

    If we only could read directui binaries in twinui . well we can but editing isnt easy, HEX works but im not sure what changes what, but I managed to manipulate tile sizes (sort of, managed to size the content inside tiles).
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