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thummel

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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. :D

Here's what my buttons look like now:
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What I would like them to look:
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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)
997.png

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




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thummel

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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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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    CLEVO P170EM
    Memory
    12.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    (1) Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (2) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
    Sound Card
    (1) Realtek High Definition Audio (2) Intel(R) Display Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) M4 256 GB SSD (2) 500 GB 7200 RPM
    Keyboard
    Backlit
    Other Info
    System Manufacturer: Custom-built.
    OS: Win 7 Home Premium x64.
    Case: Rosewill R5.
    CPU: Intel I5 4670K CPU @ 3.40GHz.
    CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212 EVO.
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A.
    Memory: Kingston Hyper 2x4 GB.
    Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 4600.
    Power Supply: Corsair TX750.
    Hard Drives: (1) Samsung 840 120 GB (2) Western Digital blue 500 GB 7200 RPM.

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