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Minimal Taste Flat for Windows7 by dpcdpc11 Minimal Taste Flat for Windows7 by dpcdpc11

Now available for Windows 8/8.1!!!

get Minimal Taste 8 for Windows 8/8.1 now!


THANKS FOR YOUR APPRECIATION PEOPLE!!!


For those who distribute this theme further, please give credits to the Author (that's me!) and include the original download link from deviantart.com. Thank you for spreading the word!!!

UPDATE 1 [13-Nov-2011]


- made the Edit field to fit with the rest of the theme
- removed the ugly background of Basic Caption buttons
- made the bottom grey space of the Start Menu flattened
- fixed the Taskbar selected item transparency on apps displaying progress
- added the Minimal Taste start Orb Big to the package

...and Yes, flat is the new solid!


Comes in 2 flavors: transparent and opaque window borders. Which one do you like best???

Been a while since I've released another Visual Style for Win7... so here I am again! It's not a completely new style, but a derived one from my Minimal Taste Reloaded.
I know... not another macintoshy style! So why did I do it you ask? Simple... I really love the Minimal Taste concept but I would always have to patch Firefox and Thunderbird every new release because of the 1px window frame. And since the Mozilla guys are in a releasing frenzy I've decided to fix my Windows Visual Style. So this was the beginning of a new journey into skinning another win7 visual style.

Hope you like the result... I've experimented with a few new things that you might enjoy, but even if you don't, please let me know!

You'll be glad to know that you won't be needing the Firefox patch anymore with this new theme!

Live view here: dpcdpc11.deviantart.com/art/Mi…

Package includes:


- the theme itself with the 2 variations: opaque and transparent
- Fonts need to make it work perfectly
- Explorer Navigation Buttons
- Windows Start Buttons: Minimal Taste start Orb and Minimal Taste start Orb Big
- Matching windows cursor schemes: Minimal Taste Cursors and Minimal Taste Cursors Dark

What's not in the package:


Icons used in the preview: Token by brsev
gdipp - the tinny app that makes your fonts clear and smooth like those in Linux Distros. It's available in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Download here: code.google.com/p/gdipp/downlo…

How to:


1. Patch your system files and install the required fonts!
1.1. Be sure to patch your system files before you can use 3rd party windows themes. Use this tool to do it: www.windows7download.com/win7-…
1.2. Install the fonts found in the folder "Resources/Fonts"
1.3. Restart your PC

2. Install the theme?
Copy the content of Theme folder in "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\" (Asuming that you're Windows 7 is installed on partition C)

3. Change the start orb?
Use Windows 7 Start Button Changer to change the start orb. You can find the needed tool here: www.door2windows.com/windows-7…
Launch Windows 7 Start Button Changer and choose the BMP from the "Resources/Start Orb" folder and you're done!

4. Change the Windows Navigation buttons?
Use Windows 7 Navigation Buttons Customizer to change the Windows Navigation Buttons, resources available in the folder "Resources/Navigation Buttons"
Download the tool here: www.door2windows.com/windows-7…

5. Smooth Fonts like in OSX or Linux?
Use gdipp, the little app which changes you font rendering engine to make the fonts look smooth just like, or almost like in Linux or MacOS. Download here: code.google.com/p/gdipp/downlo…

Credits:
Thanks to enemia for the awesome wall: enemia.deviantart.com/art/AWAK…

Thanks for downloading!!!
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:iconmustachemilligan:
MustacheMilligan Featured By Owner 3 days ago
The theme changes my font and all the border colors and stuff, but the taskbar and explorer borders turn into the Windows XP ones :|
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Interface Designer
That's because you either didn't install the theme properly or you didn't patch your system dlls.
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:iconmustachemilligan:
MustacheMilligan Featured By Owner 2 days ago
But I patched everything and put all the files in the correct place
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Interface Designer
Send me a screenshot of the folder Windows /resources /themes.
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:iconmustachemilligan:
MustacheMilligan Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Oh never mind I used the wrong version of Universal Theme Patcher. Works now. Thanks for the awesome theme!
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:iconyavou:
yavou Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Good theme, thanks. I have a "BUG REPORT" here. It desktop fonts are black which is not great at all. s28.postimg.org/ocdfs3uu5/scre…
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:iconnickboy566:
Nickboy566 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sysdm.cpl
you'll find out.
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
The problem is that I can't test it anymore since I'm on Windows 8.1 now. But you're the only one complaining about this bug.. Are you sure you installed the theme correctly?
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:iconsunziun:
sunziun Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2014
Really?

Yes really the BEST flat taste theme for Windows 7. And I was looking for a long something like this.

Excellent graphics and the tutorial is the very good!

Keep up!

JUST A NOTE:
The Start Orb for large icons is in .png file extension.
Windows 7 Start Button Changer v 2.6 excepts only .bmp files. Would please double check this?
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you enjoy my theme!
I'm on win8 for a while now and I can't try the Start Orb Changer... as I recall the .png file is for Windows 7 Start Orb Changer v5.
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:iconlijiangtao07:
lijiangtao07 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Artisan Crafter
thanks for your talent!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Welcome my friend!
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:iconjerryhiggy:
jerryhiggy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
This is the only theme I ever install. I've gone through many in the past trying to find the perfect theme.  This is the only theme that does not feel cheap or somehow patchy. It feels like it was designed by a team of UI professionals.  So Great work dpcdpc11, and thank you for the clean installing, beautiful theme, it is now a standard part of my windows 7 install procedure and will be for the foreseeable future.
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey Jerry.. Big thanks for the positive feedback! It's one of my favorite themes and I'm not sure why it wasn't really a big success. I guess beauty really is subjective even when it comes to windows GUI.
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:iconmight238:
might238 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Just by a day of usage and years of Windows theming... I can safely say this is one of the best themes I've ever used! It really feels like a premium theme with a lot of attention for detail. Enjoying it quite a lot :D
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thabks for your feedback. I really enjoyed this theme as well even though it didnt get to be that popular.
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:iconsergejal:
sergejal Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Good work, keep it up!
+fav +fav +fav 
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks man!
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:icondatticus:
Datticus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I've tried a lot of themes, but I always come back to this one.
In terms of completeness, easiness to install, look, feel, this one wins it for me. 
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for your kind words my friend! That was my idea when I created this theme.
I'm really glad you like it!
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:iconmrbonersoup:
mrbonersoup Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
where can i get those icons in the taskbar? i have been searching for evver!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
which one exactly?
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:iconmrbonersoup:
mrbonersoup Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
the icons with the gmail, blue and green dood, and the computer. im just using 7confiner theme and it isnt as perfect as those.
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
here are the 3 icons my friend: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22…
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:iconmrbonersoup:
mrbonersoup Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
tanks man!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
welcome!
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:iconxfxmorphx:
xfxMorphx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Congratulations on wonderful new skin for my Windows 7!
I love it!

I have two questions through:
1) Should the them apply the fonts (Aller/Ubuntu) automatically, or are we supposed to this "by hand"?
2) I see no differences between the opaque/transparent themes. They both look opaque.
Is there something wrong with my setup?
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for downloading my theme!

1) the theme applies the fonts, but you have to install them first into windows, just like you would install any other font.
2) as you can see in the preview, the difference is in the window borders... those are the opaque/transparent elements.
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:icondavidpatrikramos:
davidpatrikramos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
its work in win 8?
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
unfortunately no.
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:icondavidpatrikramos:
davidpatrikramos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
why not do some themes for win 8?
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:icondavidpatrikramos:
davidpatrikramos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
:/
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:iconsebaster:
Sebaster Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Hello dpcdpc11,

this is really nice!
But is there a way to reduce the border thickness of the explorer frame?
I'd like to have it as thin as possible...

Thank you very much!

Sebastian from Berlin
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
sorry but that's not possible without messing up the compatibility in some programs.
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:iconjeffoydajeffy:
jeffoydajeffy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
i like the taskbar and progress bar
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for your feedback my friend!
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:iconmadiera:
Madiera Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
That is really stunning. Can't wait to use it!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Glad u like it!
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:iconeljunis:
eljunis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
is there a way to port this to windows 8?
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:iconjeffoydajeffy:
jeffoydajeffy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
man windows 7 is much way better i don like the windows 8 features
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I don't plan upgrading to windows 8 so I can't port it to win8.
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:iconeljunis:
eljunis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
haha, nevermind i'm downgrading to 7!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
wise choice... if you have a SSD then all the performance enhancements of Win8 go out the window[s].
I'm using Win7 with a SSD and my PC boots in like 12 seconds and everything is going super smooth! I'm planning on buying another one and run the 2 SSD's in RAID for an even faster and more productive experience!
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:iconiacedace:
iAceDace Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
can i ask you how you made the taskbar so... minimal?
aslo is love this theme.
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for your appreciation but I haven't done anything to the taskbar to make it minimal.
It's just the regular taskbar of the theme with the "Use small icons" option turned on.
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:iconiacedace:
iAceDace Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
somehow it is very small :D
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
yes it is... that's what the theme does to the taskbar... how you tried the theme? and check the Use small icons option in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties.
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:iconarddhu:
Arddhu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am having some trouble with the font display in Chrome, the tabs and the link bar fonts are really weird. Other problem I have is that I can't change the buttons with the Windows 7 Navigation Buttons Customizer.

Tips? Need SS?
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
what version of win7 do you have?
about the Chome fonts... did you install the fonts in the pack?
and about the nav btns... not sure what to tell you... do you get some error?
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:iconarddhu:
Arddhu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I solved both situatuons. The Win 7 is 64bits Home Premium.

The Chrome issue was solved after a reset, and then I started to use Mactype instead Gdipp that have several issues with Chrome and is no longer supported by the developers.

The Navigation issue I've solved getting the permission in the dll file.

Thank you anyway and keep this amazing work!
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