Jump to content



Photo
- - - - -

Cool black Zune desktop theme for XP


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 of 4 Harry-N

Harry-N

    Advanced Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 2,073 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 09 2003
  • Real Name:Harry N.
  • LocationSunny Central Florida

Posted August 13 2007 - 07:57 AM

There's an official new theme for Windows XP out there based on Microsoft's Zune. It's a black-with-orange-highlights theme that's officially endorsed by Microsoft. No other software or hardware is needed. Just go here:

http://www.zune.net/...ne/software.htm

...look in the lower right corner, download, and marvel at how cool and "noir-ish" it looks.

Harry
My DVD Collection

A fugitive moves on, through anguished tunnels of time, down dim streets, into dark corners. And each new day offers fear and frustration, tastes of honey and hemlock. But if there is a hazard, there is also hope. - Closing narration to THE FUGITIVE, "Death Is The Door Prize".

#2 of 4 Will_B

Will_B

    Advanced Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 4,733 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 06 2001

Posted August 13 2007 - 08:40 PM

And I found these instructions for how to make it work right:

Quote:
There's a rather glaring error in the installation of the Zune theme that
causes such things as Windows Explorer's Places Bar (i.e., the left side of the window with common tasks, when the Explorer Bar is closed), as well as Control Panel's Places Bar and Category View (i.e., the left and right sides of the window), to have only white backgrounds, rather than correctly displaying the theme's dark gray, light gray, and orange colors. These are among other anomalies found elsewhere.

Unless the sub-directories are correctly placed, which the installer doesn't do, you will only get part of the theme. (As in the Aero theme in Vista, even though only one color scheme is defined, the Theme Management Service still needs its sub-directories, and its resources, in the right places).

To correct this, on your desktop, create a new folder called Shell, and, within this new Shell folder, create another new folder called NormalColor.

Go to C:WINDOWSResourcesThemesZune and drag the new Shell folder into the Zune folder. Then Cut shellstyle.dll in the Zune folder, and Paste it
into the NormalColor folder, so that you end up with C:WINDOWSResourcesThemesZuneShellNormalColor shellstyle.dll, and NOT
C:WINDOWSResourcesThemesZuneshellstyle.dll. To re-apply the theme, you can double click on C:WINDOWSResourcesThemesZunezune.msstyles.

Making the corrections as shown above does make a world of difference!

"Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted." -Krysta Now

#3 of 4 Harry-N

Harry-N

    Advanced Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 2,073 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 09 2003
  • Real Name:Harry N.
  • LocationSunny Central Florida

Posted August 13 2007 - 09:05 PM

Funny. My Zune Theme was already laid out that way, and now I recall when I did download it that there was some discussion about this. I'm now wondering if I downloaded it from the link I posted or a different one posted elsewhere that had been "fixed." I say that because I never had to make that little adjustment to the location of the files.

[edit: upon double-checking, that IS the link that downloaded the Zune theme from. It worked properly for me the first time without any adjustment, so it may work for others as well.]

Harry
My DVD Collection

A fugitive moves on, through anguished tunnels of time, down dim streets, into dark corners. And each new day offers fear and frustration, tastes of honey and hemlock. But if there is a hazard, there is also hope. - Closing narration to THE FUGITIVE, "Death Is The Door Prize".

#4 of 4 Kimmo Jaskari

Kimmo Jaskari

    Advanced Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 1,529 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 27 2000

Posted August 14 2007 - 06:08 AM

Of course, why anyone would want to have their computer look Zune-ish, or even admit to having a Zune, is another question entirely! :-D
"If we do happen to step on a mine, Sir, what do we do?"
"Normal procedure, Lieutenant, is to jump 200 feet in the air and scatter oneself over a wide area." -- "BlackAdder 4"




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users