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Postby tweaker1977 » 01/02/02, 2:56 pm

Ok. I know that for some of you who might read this message, this type of customization might seem simple, complex, or just plain impossible, but, I know that someone has to know how to do these things. So, here is my first question:

I know how to change the start button flag icon with an icon editor, and a resource editor (ExEScopE), but, it just won't work. I've changed every single icon in all of the 32-bit dll and exe files on my system using Resource Hacker, which I love. It's a great program, but, as I'm sure you all know, it doesn't handle the 16-bit files such as USER.exe which has the flag icon in it. Now, with MicroAngelo, the ever so praised icon editor, I copy my desired icon to the clipboard, which is the XP stype flag, and then I load USER.exe, bring up the 001 icon, or the flag should I say, and then I select the 16x16 size of the original icon, and then I paste my 16x16 icon in the place of it. Now, it works, except for that it looks horrible. I know that I'm pasting a 256 color icon on to a 16 color, but everyone else seems to do this just fine. Do you have to use a 16-color icon for these 16-bit dll and exe's? If so, where could I find an XP style flag that looks descent to replace the old flag? Also, my display settings are at 800X600, High color. I have a Nividia graphics card, so no issue of improper display. Every other icon is displayed beautifully. So, how can I work around this???? I've used different software programs to change the start button icon before, and they display the same 256 color icon just fine. I just hate to have to wait for it to change every single time I start up windows. I can't stand for something like that to be in my start up order, hell, nothing is in my start up at all. I start with every available resource possible. I would use Windowblinds, or something similiar, but, takes to much time to start, and to many resources.

Also, using a resource editor, how could I replace my dialog boxes? I know how to edit them, you know, change text, and that type of thing, but I mean graphically. My goal here basically is to achieve a certain XP look, without using a software program. Crazy it might seem, but true. Where could I get XP dialog boxes, and other assorted graphics from? Well, thanks for reading, I know it was long, but I need help with this. It's very irritating. Thanks for any help you might have to give.
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Postby Gerry » 01/02/02, 5:49 pm

I had the same problem, so I ended up using the origional icon colours, take a look:

<img src="http://www.envy.nu/gprofile/shellcity/start.jpg" alt="Start Icon" />

As for your other problem... I have no idea, I fit into the "I believe it's impossible" catagory! Well not impossible, but definatly more trouble than it's worth. Maybe there is a shell out there that has the look of XP.
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Postby JohnT » 01/03/02, 1:43 am

You can use T-clock to accomplish this and more. I have successfully used this over and over, with .bmp's, not icons. Can also change the startmenu graphics, with a .bmp. You can use icons if you want, but they need to be changed to .bmp's. I use Irfanview for the change.
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Postby Melkor » 01/03/02, 2:45 am

The second issue sounds very long and tedious. it is possible. I did a little of this but i felt it was more work then it is worth.

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Postby bob » 01/03/02, 2:53 am

I don't think there'a a shell that somehow natively looks like XP, but you can always change the look. Try Virtual Plastic's Windows2XP makeover page:

http://www.virtualplastic.org/html/art_xp.html
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Postby vipe » 01/03/02, 3:31 am

The short answer to your second question is no. Message boxes are calls from the OS' native runtime library. The only way you can change the appearance is by using an application that hooks to each window (Eppie Desktop & Window Blinds come to mind).
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Postby SOD » 01/03/02, 9:11 am

When I used Windoze I used Hook 99 to modify taskbar and start button also makes titles to desktop icons transparent...As for msg boxes there are a cretain set of icons used and msg boxes have a certain set of functions.....You are missing the boat get into Linux....most visuals are handled with pix maps and KDE and Gnome have Themes and color schemes built in
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Postby Gerry » 01/03/02, 6:43 pm

He is right about Linux, I just started using it and it's amazing, going back to windows is a major let down but I have to as I still don't know how to use Linux yet.
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