Add colors and shapes in Windows 7 & Vista

Add colors and shapes in Windows 7 & Vista

When you right-click on Windows 7 or Windows Vista Desktop, and choose Personalize in Windows Color & Appearance, you’ll see a set of 8 colors to choose from. This can be used to change the color of the windows, start menu and taskbar by choosing one of the available color schemes.

However, you can add a custom color scheme to it , or you can also create your own set of colors using a color mixer, if you wish.

Thêm màu và hình dáng trong Windows 7 & Vista

Here’s how you can do it. This requires the following:

  1. Restorator
  2. Registry Editor: regedit
  3. Image editing software like Adobe Photoshop

Instructions to add colors, customize colors in Windows

First, run Restorator and open themecpl.dl l (located under C: Windrows System32) and navigate to BITMAP. Now extract any bitmap files from 1 to 8.

Next, run Photoshop and change the colors by adjusting hue / saturation . Open the extracted bitmap image in Photoshop and click Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation or press CTRL + U. Adjust or change the colors as desired and Save and exit .

Again run Restorator and open the themecpl.dll file and click on Resources> Add Resources or Press CTRL + U.

Now select the bitmap file, drag, and drop into the highlighted area.

Now run regedit to open Registry Editor and navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion ControlPanel Glass Colorization Swatches

Create a key with the name GUID… it must be unique among all existing GUIDs in Swatches
(Simple trick: Copy any GUID like {FD81078C-1B36-4595-A92E-91F05C4FA5DC} and change one of the characters or digits … I’m sure, It would be 99.99% only the new GUID is { FD81078C-1B36-4595-A92E-91F05C4FA5DD})

Create a DWORD (32-bit) value and name it Color. Set the color value you want.
(Simple tip: Right-click on the desktop and personal navigation> Windows Colors & Appearance, now set your preferred color using the color mixer Start Registry Editor and navigate to : HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows DWM and click on ColorizationColor and copy its value And paste in the color DWORD value)

Create a DWORD (32-bit) value and name it NameId. Set the value to 69 in decimal. This registry value reads the string from the themecpl.dll.mui file located under C: Windows System32 en-US. The string ID 69 in the themecpl.dll.mui file contains the Vistas string value.

Create a DWORD (32-bit) value and name it PreviewId. Set the value to 103 (the ID or name of the bitmap resource file was added to themecpl.dll.)

Create a DWORD (32-bit) value and named PreviewOrder. Set the value to 9; Indicates the color scheme added in the 9th digit.

Create an extended String (REG_EXPAND_SZ) value and Resource name. Set value for themecpl.dll.

You exit and restart