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Simplify Slim VS for Windows 7 by dpcdpc11 Simplify Slim VS for Windows 7 by dpcdpc11
This one is made with a single goal in mind: Usability With Style!
Hope you like it!

Feel free to Support my artwork! ... thanks!

UPDATE 04 (Jan 21, 2013)


- added another style version 4-1 which is a combination of version 4 and the transparent taskbar of version 2.
Hope you like it!

UPDATE 03 (Oct 21, 2012)


- added version 4 visual style. Yeah baby... it's a 1px border VS... now with small little circles as caption buttons!
Use Windows 7 Aero Blur Tweaker to remove the ugly blurry window edges! NOTE: I can confirm that latest Firefox and Thundebird work perfectly with this 1px border VS... the usual bug is NOT present!
- also included in the pack my FourSome start Orb
Enjoy!

UPDATE 02 (Sept 28, 2012)


- added version 3 visual style with dark grey opaque taskbar. This pushes usability even further. Now you can use any wallpaper you like without having to worry about the taskbar's transparency. My favorite version yet... Enjoy!

UPDATE 01 (Sept 09, 2012)


- added version 2 visual style: 28px height taskbar (small icons); 43px width taskbar icons. From experience this brings more usability to the theme. Yes, there's no Start Button in the preview... here's how to do it: [link]
- redesigned the taskbar thumbnails to better match the theme.


Full view ScreenShot: here!

TIP: to stop the damn glow effect of the icons in the taskbar, Go To Computer>(Rclick)Properties > Advanced settings > Performance > Settings: UnCheck Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu

Package includes:


- the theme itself
- Explorer Navigation Buttons
- Windows Start Buttons: Blocks Borderless Start Orb and FourSome start Orb
- Matching windows cursor schemes: Simplify Cursors

What's not in the package:


Icons used in the preview: Token by brsev

How to:


1. Patch your system files and install the required fonts!
You must patch your system files before you can use 3rd party windows themes. Use this tool to do it: [link]

2. Install the theme?
Copy the content of Theme folder in "C:WindowsResourcesThemes" (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 this tool here:
[link]
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: [link]

5. Smooth Fonts like in OSX or Linux?
Use mactype, the little app which changes your font rendering engine to make the fonts smooth just like, or almost like, in Linux or MacOS.
Download here: [link]

6. Say "Thank you!"
If you like the theme don't hesitate to say thanks!

Thanks for downloading!!!
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:iconfenyx-uk:
Fenyx-uk Jan 27, 2014  New member
Excellent guide, worked a treat. Thank you :)
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i think the one is calling me :3 i LOVE IT !!! but i just finish lerning how to install Theme on Win7 so..... i will have to wait :3 + I'm a noob at fallowing TUT :p (sorry for my bad english) + I wanna enjoy the them and after i will change with this one :3
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:icondpcdpc11:
mersi de feedback!
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:iconcj-omnius:
cj-omnius Jan 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! 
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:icondpcdpc11:
thanks for downloading!
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:iconzydrius32:
Any possibility that this modern VS would be released for Windows 8.1? Or this is impossible, because of the ribbon which makes windows not to look minimal, like your VS name suggests?
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:icondpcdpc11:
There's nothing more that I would like to make this style available for win 8/8.1 but there are way to many obstacles to overcome to do it and still could not port it 100%. It seems that the guys at Microshit really wanted windows 8 to stay ugly. So we have Microshit to thank for "encouraging" creativity! Fucking assholes! And I'm forced to use this fucking ugly OS every day... imagine the frustration! I'm using the black color theme and I can't even see the title bar on windows. WTF Microshit!? As you can see I'm verrrry frustrated about this. Moreover the last time I patch my dll's using uxtheme patcher, the whole system crashed and I had to reinstall windows and all my programs. So that's it for me! OSX is not an option... I depend on way too many windows programs that can't be replaced on Mac.
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:iconzydrius32:
It looks like that you’re really feeling pissed off, but I can understand you. For Windows 7 there were so many great visual styles which let creativity burst with all its beauty... Now there are far far lesser of them. Mr GRiM is a good at customizing GUI, he could create something cool, but he’s interested in dark visual styles only, so they all look similar and boring.

Ahh, I hate too how Microsoft is trying to force us to use their newly introduced crap. Good examples are the solid color square behind titlebars and shell32.dll protection from being modified.
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:icondpcdpc11:
You bet I'm pissed off since I have to work in this ugly environment every day!
Take a look for example at Resource Monitor... it has still the same GUI since windows Vista with gradients and shit.
Another good example is the freaking semitransparent taskbar... how does that make any sense since nothing in windows UI is transparent anymore?
The examples could go on and on... it's like Microshit hired a bunch of kinder-gardeners to design the UI for windows 8.
And what makes me even more mad is that we don't have an alternative... it's Windows or nothing. For me Linux it's not a productive medium. Even if I use WinE to run the windows apps that I use, their performance is not good enough.
An Apple machine is out of this world when it comes to pricing so I'm stuck on this shitty Windows 8. I can only hope the kinder-gardeners will improve their design skills until Windows 9 rolls out!
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