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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.


- 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.


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.

Notes of importance:

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).


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
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
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Double-Rainbow-Ei8ht Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Can this be brought to Windows 8.1?
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.
Saarineames Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
This is for Windows 7 only.
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?
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?
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.
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.
JesseJH Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
So this theme takes advantage o GPU rendering instead of putting the load on the CPU?
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.
Saarineames Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Glad you are enjoying it. Thanks a lot!
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