Azther Posted June 2, 2022 Share Posted June 2, 2022 (edited) Since @Mr. Fox showed an interest in these customization in a different thread and mentioned how others might also like to know, figured i'd write a little guide. Also figured this could be a combo thread for those who would like to show off their Windows specific themes/customizations and overlays etc. A few years back Glass8+ was the goto solution to get somewhat of a aero effect on windows 10, however support for that stopped once v1909 came out and hasnt been updated since. It was only a few days ago i found out that Windowsblinds 10 from Stardock actually still gives the aero effect providing the right theme is used, despite the website stating it works on 20H2 or below. However im using LTSC 2021 which is based on 21H2, but your mileage may vary depending on which edition you use (not sure if home or pro 21H2 have any under the hood differences that might break compatibility). Heres the link for windowsblinds 10, its paid software but its rather cheap and offers a 30-day trial so you can test drive it to see how it works out for you: https://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/ Before installing that though id suggest installing Open Shell first and get that all set up, I tried installing windows blinds first and then open shell but it decided to freak out explorer requiring a restart. Heres the Open Shell github: GitHub - Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu: Classic Shell Reborn. Below is both the windowsblinds theme file and the corresponding start menu skin, along with the settings for both. Win7Like RevE Open Shell skin: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/download/file.php?id=5713&sid=d549c3cbde9b9aa4d2db7c1ed24f4f4e Windowsblinds BetterAero7X skin: https://www.deviantart.com/fytuf/art/Better-Aero7X-875022700 installing the wba file is as simple as right clicking and hitting install theme, for the open shell skin you have to put that into the C:\Program Files\Open-Shell\Skins folder. Heres the settings i used to achieve the glass effect, along with the windowsblind settings: Once all is said and done you should end up with something like this: You can leave it as this, however i wanted to go the extra mile and add some Vista specific features that i personally rather miss. So if that also interests you please read on. I loved the ultimate extras that came with Vista, the games and dreamscene video wallpapers. Also the original windows games and even movie maker to some extent, old but gold i say. Heres both the link to the original microsoft games along with the Vista specific ulitmate games: https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_7_games_for_windows_10.html https://archive.org/details/windowsvistaultimateextras And if you wish to install Movie Maker, heres the offline installer for it: https://archive.org/details/wlsetup-all_201704 As for dreamscene, you will need Lively Wallpaper. (I personally went with the microsoft store variant for convenience sake) Lively: https://rocksdanister.github.io/lively/ Collection of Dreamscene videos: https://archive.org/details/windowsdreamscene.7z The last modification i did to my OS was to disable the lockscreen to give that win7/vista logon feel, however normally this results in a blurred logon background which looks awful but luckily that can be disabled while also keeping transparency enabled within the system itself. Doing this and setting the lockscreen background to a vista wallpaper gives quite a nice result i think, see for yourself: Turn off lockscreen blur: https://www.howtogeek.com/426554/how-to-disable-the-login-screens-background-blur-on-windows-10/ Heres the links to all the Windows Vista wallpapers in HD res: Finally i did a short video showing what mine looks like and running a couple of the microsoft/vista games, am i the only one who missed Microsoft Tinker? I hope this guide was helpful, and hopefully a good opener for others to show off their tweaks and customizations they might have done 😄 Update: For those who want a more complete vista look (like myself) heres the Vista theme along with the custom start button needed. Ive also included a link to get the sidebar and to reactivate the quick launch toolbar. Vista Start menu skin: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/download/file.php?id=3210 Set taskbar opacity to 25 to have it match up with the start menu skin. Vista Theme: https://www.deviantart.com/fytuf/art/BetterAeroVistaX-Version-1-0-875258248 Start Buttons: https://www.deviantart.com/xreunion160/art/Vista-Orbs-for-Windows-7-333330130 I used 6801.bmp for that authentic vista feel. 8GadgetPack sidebar: https://8gadgetpack.net/ How to re-add the Quick Launch toolbar: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4624-add-remove-quick-launch-toolbar-windows-10-a.html Finally set the taskbar option of Combine Taskbar Buttons to Never to achieve the classic unstacked windows and use small taskbar buttons to add the finishing touch. Heres how mine looks: Final Update: Thanks to a chance conversation with one of the guys who made the themes (Fytuf, who tweaked and modded them from the originals) I found out that there was two settings that i hadnt configured, which you may want to enable. Both require a reboot to work correctly. the vista screenshot above has been updated to reflect the new non acrylic blur appearance. Edited June 8, 2022 by Azther Added extra items to achieve the vista effect 6 1 Alienware M18X R2 | Nebula Red | i7 3740QM [OC'd to 4Ghz] | 32GB RAM | NVIDIA Quadro P4000 | 75hz OC'd Display | MXM to NVMe Adapter with Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB Alienware 17 R4 | i7 6700HQ | 16GB RAM | GTX 1070 | 100hz OC'd LG 1080p Display Alienware M18X R1 | Space Black | i7 2960XM | 16GB RAM | GTX 780M Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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