Skip Repetitive Navigational Links

Ritaban Guha

Ritaban Guha
Blog Posts: 7
W(8)DP Customization Trick:
Ritaban Guha | 11/5/2011 at 10:04 AM

With a Hit over million, on the very 1st day of the launch of the Windows Developer Preview, WDP is probably the most Hot Topic in the market. Yet, a good size of crowd is disappointed with some of its new style statements. In aid to solution, this document will help improve the look & feel of the next windows, in the manner you desire. 1. There are already tools available to change the theme color and the Metro UI background. If you are not interested to get down dirty and get a flavor of full control of the UI style, I suggest you go for these tools. BluePoison, Win8StartTweeker etc. 2. And here’s the dirty method to get stuff customized. i. Download a hex editor. Anyone you like. E.g. HeXEdit, HxD etc. and install it. ii. Open the command prompt in admin mode. iii. Go to windows/System32/ and type takedown /f uxtheme.dll iv. Now type icacls uxtheme.dll /grant Administrators:F v. Now, copy the uxtheme.dll file to desktop or some other convenient place to edit. vi. Open up the file with your hex editor. vii. For the RGBA values, use the hext code for the color in red-green-blue format and use the alpha to set transparency. viii. Backup the uxtheme.dll in the System32 folder and copy the modified one there.. After reboot the changes will be a effective. If anything goes wrong, press F8 at boot time and go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt. Type the following commands, ren C:\windows\System32\uxtheme.dll uxtheme.dl.blabla ren C:\Windows\System32\uxtheme.dll.old uxtheme.dll [here uxtheme.dll.old is the backup file] Continue to read in detail >>