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Classic AE 2.5.3 Final by Saarineames Classic AE 2.5.3 Final by Saarineames
Classic AE 2.5.3 (Blue) for Windows 7

A Classic visual style with Aero enhancements.

Four versions included are standard, flat menus (FM), alternate menus (AM) and alternate flat menus (AFM).

What's new?

Version 2.5.3 is basically the same as 2.5.2, but with a few tweaks tailored for taskbar location set to bottom. 2.5.2 was created as an all-in-one style to accomodate any combination of taskbar locations and full DPI settings.

Changes from 2.5.2 to 2.5.3:

- Shortened taskbar height by 1px and removed 3D edge from the bottom.
- Adjusted all button margins, toolbars, grippers, etc.

Benefits:

- No 3D edge on the very bottom of the taskbar. Seamless transition from screen to taskbar.
- Taskbar items can now be accessed via hover/press/select with the cursor hidden at the very bottom of the screen, or via fast action.
- Usability is improved for jumplist activation via left-click.

This version is still perfectly functional for all taskbar location settings. There is no longer a cosmetic bottom 3D edge on the top taskbar. Left and right sides remain unchanged from 2.5.2.

Start buttons for default DPI included. Only difference in buttons from 2.5.2 is #6809 (top, small taskbar).
Extras like ExplorerFrame Mod and Shell32 Mod are identical to previous versions.

Enjoy!

Update (2-23-2014) [Visual styles]

Adjusted and improved menus (gutter) for AM and AFM substyles.

Update (12-02-2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted taskband buttons transparency for smoother hover.

Update (11-11-2013) [Visual styles]

New workaround for taskband flash which greatly improves visiblity. [Important]
See Taskband Flash Revision note for more details.

Update (11-03-2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted Taskband Thumbnail ListItem states to a more classic style guideline.
Adjusted default AltTab states to a more classic style guideline.

Update (10-28-2013) [Visual styles]

Adjusted start menu places list.
Adjusted progress bar/taskband color green.

Update (5-29-2013)

Adjusted folderband buttons keyfocused state (focus rectangle) for keyboard navigation. [Visual styles]
Added keyfocused states (focus rectangle) for keyboard navigation. [ExplorerFrame Mod]

See changelog for full list of updates.

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Notes of importance:
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This version is compatible with standard explorer start orb, or custom classic start buttons (recommended).
Start button set for explorer.exe for standard DPI settings included. Use bitmaps or single .res file to update.

Note: For IE9/IE10 users, make sure to enable "Show tabs on a separate row" option for consistency.

Added shell32.dll UIFILE mod for 'classic style' Navigation/Category Panel (optional).
Added Alt+Tab Classic Style Icons .reg to the package. Thanks to Sevenforums.
Added ExplorerFrame mod for search-related areas (optional).

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Please respect my work with no rips/alterations. Personal mods are ok.

2010-13 by Saarineames (SAAR).

Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
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:iconmr-bigmouth-502:
mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I'd like to give this a try. How would I install it? I've never really messed with modded 7 themes before.
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kronflux Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
the minimize, restore and close buttons are still a killer for me. they look too out of place. each is too wide, and not tall enough(more accurately, the title bar is too tall).
If it weren't for the above, this theme would be perfect, imo.
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Double-Rainbow-Ei8ht Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Can this be brought to Windows 8.1?
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:iconcaptjosh:
CaptJosh Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
This doesn't work right in Windows 8.1. I can't make the taskbar and buttons actually look like that. The Resource Hacker program, which is no longer maintained by the way, says there are no changes to make to explorer.exe when I tell it to update all resources and then attempt to apply any of the .res files.
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is for Windows 7 only.
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:iconniightblade:
Niightblade Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Anyone?  How do I change the spacing around the icons for a folder that's in the taskbar?
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:iconniightblade:
Niightblade Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2014
Am I blind or are there no installation instructions?

Edit:  Well I worked it out, but some clear instructions would have been great ;)


Problem:  Quick launch icons have more spacing around them now?   How do I fix that?
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:iconiiz10ninja:
Iiz10ninja Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
i like this theme alot, but it would be easier if you provided the shell32 and ExplorerFrame .dll files, instead of the .res files.
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Thanks, glad you like it.

The .res files are future-proof. If Windows Update replaces the files with newer versions on a user's system, the new files can be patched with these same resources. Therefore, no outdated dlls are included with the visual style.
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:iconjessejh:
JesseJH Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
So this theme takes advantage o GPU rendering instead of putting the load on the CPU?
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:iconmoondoggie:
moondoggie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to pop on here and thank you. I just switched to Windows 7 from XP and I'm a die hard classic style user. So I am very grateful this theme exist. It's not exactly windows classic but it sure beats the default theme for aero. I know, I could use win7's built in classic style but then I'd loose out on the features and benefits of aero so think is awesome! Many thanks man.
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Glad you are enjoying it. Thanks a lot!
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:iconbleuwave0:
bleuwave0 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Timeless. Still using it. Thanks.
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:iconsaarineames:
Saarineames Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Glad you're enjoying it. Thanks a lot!
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:iconansus:
Ansus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Can ribbon be also themed?
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:iconmwillberg:
MWillberg Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Great effort, but still few annoyances. Just switch the theme to classic and the differences are really obivious: titlebar colors are different (too pale, low contrast, should be blue) and same is with start menu highlight, "personalize" window is missing title text etc.
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I started on this project with the intention of making a strict Classic style. Due to limitations in Aero, adjustments had to be made. Things evolved. The color scheme ended up somewhere between Classic and Aero Basic. It is what it is.
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:iconansus:
Ansus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
task manager is not colored
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:iconsaarineames:
Saarineames Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Thanks, but I know. That section draws from "window:color." Changing that property for this small area would affect the entire system scheme.
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:iconduiker:
Duiker Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Digital Artist
This is just the best, thanks so much
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:iconsaarineames:
Saarineames Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Thanks! I just updated the style a few moments ago if you're interested.
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:iconduiker:
Duiker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh sweet, I'll check it out!
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:iconbetafujisaki:
betafujisaki Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
hi!! i love your theme a lot, thank you for making it!! the only issue is, i really dont like the color you have set for the windows, and when i tried to customize it it wouldnt let me change it. do you think you could tell me how to change it, or possibly make a different version with either the color #D4EEF7 blended with #D4D8F7 as a secondary color or just #D4EEF7 by itself (if thats easier)? i would appreciate it more than you know! Pray 
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betafujisaki Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
and just to clarify i meant the bar at the top of the window, i think in "personalization" the value is called "active title bar".
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eshieldsvx4 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I'm having the same issue. Please ANSWER! This theme is awesome! I just wanna change the colors, please! I'm running windows 7 pro 64 bit.
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Cr7NeTwOrK Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Windows 8 port please !
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:iconliverpal:
liverpal Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
thanks for the update! :)
My most fav VS! Use it everyday!
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:iconsaarineames:
Saarineames Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Great to hear! Thanks very much. :D
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henrynew Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Thank you for the theme. I'm having problems getting transparency to work though. Not 100% sure if I installed it right - I just copied the .theme + FOLDER into my \RESOURCE folder and the theme showed up in my "Personalize"applet.
Any thoughts?
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Hi, no transparency in this visual style. The theme file and folder should be in Resources\Themes. Do you have the necessary system files patched or UxStyle running to use custom visual styles?
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henrynew Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Thanks for the quick response. I do have everything in the Resources\Themes folder but I have not run the UXTheme patch yet. I figured that since the theme showed up for me I didn't need it? Either way, I will try and run the patch.

Also, maybe I am confused concerning AERO / Transparency. I thought this was an AERO enabled theme (as opposed the standard Win7 Classic theme) which also enabled transparency & AERO PEEK?
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
No problem. Welcome to dA. :)

Yes, definitely run the patch.

You got it. This is an aero enabled theme -- all the aero extras with a classic ui. There is transparency concerning aero peek, but it's not a transparent visual style.
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:iconliverpal:
liverpal Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
thanks for the update....
Always looking forward the update of it; very nice job! :eager: :thanks:
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:iconahlberg:
ahlberg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hehe i just love this project! Great work!
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks! :D
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:iconkaroshka1987:
Karoshka1987 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
sorry, aero working after reboot
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Glad it is working. :)
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Karoshka1987 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Hi. I am russian, my english very bad :) Aero in your themes always work after reboot. I would like the buttons (min, close) the windows were not as big as small as a standard classical theme.
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Hi there,

Ok, buttons and window caption size could not be small like classic. I had to make a compromise for Aero. Cheers. :)
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:iconkaroshka1987:
Karoshka1987 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Please, help me, aero don't work.
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:iconmagnus87:
magnus87 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Only one suggestion can you add other version with diferent colours???

Do you know Microsoft Plus themes? [link]!
It would be great to combine it with your Visual Style


Check this out [link] (W98 themes for Windows 7)
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
No plans for more colors at the moment. Maybe when I am afforded some spare time.

I had Plus! with Win95. Good times! I have the disc somewhere.
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:iconneyfos:
Neyfos Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Very nice, Thanks ;)
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:iconsaarineames:
Saarineames Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thanks! Much appreciated.
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:iconliverpal:
liverpal Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
can you fix this: [link]

other themes have no text (as I edited my registry :D to make the text disappear) and this theme has the text! i tried editing ur theme with wsb to normal/default properties (taskbar & system tray) but it just messed up :D
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Saarineames Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Taskbar is heavily modified, so editing back to default properties definitely would not work! Since you have WSB, you could try increasing the (default AE) left/right margins for the taskband and testing until the text disappears. Looking at your screenshot with taskband small icons, changing left and right each to 15 might work to center the icon.
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:iconliverpal:
liverpal Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
okay, thanks :D
Very nice VS!! like classic
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:iconsaarineames:
Saarineames Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thanks! Glad you like it.
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:iconliverpal:
liverpal Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
hey I'm coming here again! Could you help me which part exactly in taskband I have to change to make the texts disappear and small icons centered as I mentioned before? still no success doing it alone :D
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:iconliverpal:
liverpal Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
oops sorry! At the last attempts, I finnally succeeded making it! [link]
Cheers :D
Thanks
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