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post Feb 3 2005, 09:09 AM, updated 7y ago
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Beginners Guide to Desktop Modding

Disclaimer:
1. I'm not responsible if you mess up your registry and your computer decides to no longer work. just so you know, do all of these things at your own hazard.
2. Guides are taken from other guide scattered in the forum and other forums.

Introduction:

So you went to customize.org and you saw the most badass desktop ever and you want to know how it's done right? now that you realize that posting a comment saying "great screenshot, how did you do this?" doesn't get you anywhere, this tutorial will attempt to reveal to you the basic steps of desktop customization in windows and point you in the right direction as to where to achieve more advanced effects.

Enabling WinXP to use 3rd party themes:

Universal UXTheme Patcher:
The UXTheme Patcher allows you to use any 3rd party msstyle theme on Windows XP/SP1/SP2 by patching the uxtheme.dll (dynamic link library).

Download UXTheme Multi-Patcher

Download visual style from any of these site:
- Neowin.net: Completed Visual Styles
- deviantART: Visual Styles
- Customize.org: XP VisualStyles

After you have downloaded the visual styles; usually in zip format; extract it to c:\windows\resources\themes\

Right click desktop > properties > appearance tab, select the visual style you just installed.

Another method is to use WindowBlinds; download here; also 30 days trial.
You can get themes for WindowBlinds from WinCustomize

Wallpaper:

As you may have guessed, your desktop background or "wallpaper" is integral to the overall look of your desktop theme.

A good rule of thumb for wallpapers is to always use one that has a solidly colored area so you can place your icons and other desktop elements without interfering with the wallpaper's focal point. This becomes a problem sometimes when you're using a wallpaper that has a lot of three dimensional work and doesn't really leave room for a blank area. This might require you to edit the wallpaper a bit to your liking and may be more trouble than it's worth.

some good resources for wallpapers are:

- customize.org
- deviantart.com
- Pixelgirl
- Mac OS X wallpapers
- MobiusCo
- Mandolux
- MagnetStudio
- Vladstudio
- WallpaperStock

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post Feb 3 2005, 09:14 AM
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Rainmeter & Rainlendar:
- simple clock and calender on your desktop

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Download link:
Rainlendar
Rainmeter
(read the manual before asking question)

Skins:
Rainmeter: http://customize.org/rainmeter
Rainlendar: http://customize.org/rainlendar


Samurize:
- shows your cpu usage, memory and etc
Download link: http://www.samurize.com
Install samurize; then make sure you run the client.exe in order to have the program display on ur desktop. Run config.exe to mod the appearance and add stuffs.
To show the temps; download motherboard monitor at http://mbm.livewiredev.com; make sure you configure all the meters so that it follows your mobo's sensors.
Create shortcut for samurize client and then put it in your startup folder so that it will auto start the next time you restart/turn on your computer.

Samurize tutorial: Samurize Tutorials
To make some adjustment in the settings of the config -> right click samurize icon on your systray, then select edit config.

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post Feb 3 2005, 09:19 AM
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Dock

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Object Dock: http://www.objectdock.com/
RK Launcher: http://home.cogeco.ca/~rklauncher/
Rocketdock: http://www.rocketdock.com/
Xwindows Dock: http://www.aqua-soft.org/board/showthread.php?t=50179

Download PNGs/icons for docks from these sites:
- Gfxed.com
- InterfaceLIFT
- Wincustomize Objectdock Library

Dock Shortcuts: how-to

All you need to do is drag your applications or folders to the dock! To remove, drag the shortcut out from the dock and Poff!!

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post Feb 3 2005, 09:24 AM
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Changing Icons:

The easiest/safest is to use Iconpackager: http://www.stardock.com/products/iconpackager/ (trial)
Download icon packages from: http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=2

Sample:
1. G.A.N.T 2: http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=2&SkinID=1041
2. iCandy Junior Yellow: http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=2&SkinID=1099
3. Gloss: http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=2&SkinID=1066
4. Comic Icon 02: http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?library=2&SkinID=1040

Freeware:
Icon Phile

Hiding desk icons
right click on desktop > arrange icons by > uncheck show desktop icons.

Making Desktop Text Transparent
Use D-Color XP: download link
- change the view of your icons on your desktop, allowing you to select from the default large icons view, the small icons view, and the new tile view.

Changing Windows Explorer / Internet Explorer Toolbar Icons

- download Y'z Toolbar: Y'z Toolbar 1.3
- download themes from these sites:Put it in your "startup" folder in Start Menu --> Programs --> Startup to initialized it on startup.
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post Feb 3 2005, 09:31 AM
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Hiding the Recycle Bin

Easy way:
Download, install and run TweakUI for Windows XP. Navigate to Desktop and remove Recycle Bin.


Add Recycle Bin to Folder Options:

Copy and save the following code into notepad and save as Binopt.reg and then double-click it. After importing Binopt.reg into the registry, a new option is listed in the Folder Options dialog box that lets you configure the Recycle Bin icon.
CODE
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\RecycleBinOnDesktop]
"RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\HideDesktopIcons\\NewStartPanel"
"Text"="Show Recycle Bin icon on the desktop"
"Type"="checkbox"
"ValueName"="{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}"
"CheckedValue"=dword:00000000
"UncheckedValue"=dword:00000001
"DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
"HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001


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Making a Transparents Background for Desktop Icons.

By default, Windows XP, can have a transparent background for desktop icons.

System Properties (Win+Pause) > Advanced > Performance > Settings > Visual Effects > enable Use drop shadows for icon labels on desktop

But, if you disable this you can change the text color and background. For this you need D-Color XP. Install it, click on a monitor icon in system tray and you'll get this:

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post May 16 2005, 03:46 PM
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I opened this thread so people can ask question directly..
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post May 30 2005, 12:51 AM
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OK.. i have a question here...
i've seen a few desktop that have customize clock in their system tray...
how to do it??

and also...
i've seen a few desktop that have big icons...
how can u make the huge icon + description for it??

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post May 30 2005, 07:00 AM
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For the big icons, it's AveDesk.
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tnx.. Sheonix...
btw..the custom clock in the sys tray...
issit can be done using samurize??
or use other s/w??
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post May 31 2005, 09:00 AM
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LClock: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=157465
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Thnx alot ace and Sheonix...
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post Jun 5 2005, 05:16 AM
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a question...
can i change all icon using styleXP?
where do i find the icon...

or i need 1 to 1 change by my own?
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mmm...u dont need to change 1 by 1...
styleXP use special file format... (.iconset)
it will change all automatically...(depends on the iconset file u dload)...
you can dload most of the iconset at themeXP.org...
also available at wincustomize.com (i think here need 2 register first)...

OR

u can make the iconset urself...
here some example...

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<?xml version='1.0' encoding='ISO-8859-1'?>
<Root>
  <Info Author="xxxx" Email="xxxx@xxx.com" Website="http://xxx.xxxx.com" Comments="xxxxxxxxx"/>
  <Icons>
     <MyDocuments Icon="My Documents.ico,0"/>
     <MyComputer Icon="My computer.ico"/>
     <NetworkPlaces Icon="Network.ico,0"/>
     <TheInternet Icon="Globe.ico"/>
     <RecycleBinempty Icon="Recycle Bin Empty.ico,0"/>
     <RecycleBinfull Icon="Recycle Bin Full.ico,0"/>
     <Explorer Icon="Internet Explorer.ico,0"/>
     <Email Icon="email.ico,0"/>
     <Help Icon="Help.ico,0"/>
     <Find Icon="Windows Explorer.ico,0"/>
     <Run Icon="Run.ico,0"/>
     <ClosedFolder Icon="Folder.ico,0"/>
     <OpenFolder Icon="StFolder.ico,0"/>
     <ProgramGroup Icon="Program Files Folder.ico,0"/>
     <MyMusic Icon="My Music.ico,0"/>
     <MyPictures Icon="My Pictures.ico,0"/>
     <MyVideos Icon="My Videos.ico,0"/>
     <SharedMusic Icon="My Music3.ico,0"/>
     <SharedPictures Icon="My Pictures4.ico,0"/>
     <SharedVideo Icon="My Videos5.ico,0"/>
     <ControlPanel Icon="Control Panel.ico,0"/>
     <AdministrativeTools Icon="Windows Folder.ico"/>
     <DialUpNetworking Icon="Modem.ico,0"/>
     <Printers Icon="Printer.ico,0"/>
     <ScheduledTasks Icon="Clock.ico"/>
     <Favorites Icon="Favourites.ico"/>
     <MyRecentDocuments Icon="Recent Documents.ico"/>
     <FloppyDrive525 Icon="Floppy.ico"/>
     <FloppyDrive35 Icon="Floppy drive.ico"/>
     <HardDrive Icon="Hard drive blue.ico,0"/>
     <CDROMDrive Icon="cd drive.ico"/>
     <ShortcutOverlay Icon="Shortcut Arrow.ico"/>
     <Desktop Icon="Desktop.ico"/>
     <EntireNetwork Icon="Globe 1.ico"/>
     <NetworkService Icon="Internet Connections 1.ico"/>
     <AudioCD Icon="music.ico"/>
     <ConfigurationSettings Icon="Documents &amp; Settings Folder.ico"/>
     <DefaultDocument Icon="Document blank.ico"/>
     <MovieClip Icon="Video.ico"/>
     <TextDocument Icon="Document.ico"/>
     <ZipFile Icon="zip.ico"/>
     <defaultIcon Icon="default.ico"/>
     <GIFImage Icon="gif image.ico"/>
     <PNGFile Icon="png image.ico"/>
     <JpegImage Icon="jpeg image.ico"/>
     <PlayList Icon="play list.ico"/>
     <HtmlFile Icon="html file.ico"/>
     <DefaultApplication Icon="default application.ico"/>
  </Icons>
</Root>


u make the file using any file editor and save it as .iconset...
place all the icons into the same folder as the iconset file...
or if u r using icons on a different folder... specify it in the setting...
eg:
CODE
<WinRarFile Loc=".rar" Icon="C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe,0"/>


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if i used windows xp x64, can i still be able to customize the com's visual looks ???
i fear that the 32bit files dun go well wit the 64bit

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I have a question here.. Hope you guys dont mind to asnwer me.

I am interested in DesktopX. But i cant find any tools in DesktopX to show my temperature. And secondly.. If i have 2 drives, how can i show the Second drive? It only shows me the Primary Drive (C:) but my E: Drive cannot be displayed.

Thanks and have a nice day.
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how do i load the y'z dock automatically when i start my windows ...
thanks for ur help tongue.gif
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Move your y'z dock to Startup Section..

Start>Program>Startup
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QUOTE(hOnGhOnG @ Jun 10 2005, 07:00 PM)
Move your y'z dock to Startup Section..

Start>Program>Startup
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Do not move it, just create a shortcut and place it into startup folder. Otherwise the YzDock will have trouble to find the assigned icon and applications.
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Any good freeware to change .png to .icon?? Thanks
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^useful thread/site for ya...
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