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Dark Soft Final for Vista by RajTheeban95 Dark Soft Final for Vista by RajTheeban95

If you use Windows 7, you can find this theme for you here: [link]

I) - Presentation
II) - Installation
III) - Dedications

I) About the theme

    Here's the final release of Dark Soft I've just finished for Vista. This visual style, 32 and 64 bits fully compatibles, is available in 2 versions: rounded (like in this screenshot) and squared. I hope all the dark and solid themes fans will like this style inspired by Silent Night from =DaHLiA-7 :)

II) Installation

a) Conditions:

    :bulletred: For Windows Vista
    :bulletred: Aero mode
    :bulletred: At first you must patch your system to use this theme: [link]
    :bulletred: 9 Mo

b) Contains:

    - The visual style in 2 versions ( .theme, .msstyles file and the wallpaper): Dark Soft Rounded and Squared
    - 4 system files (explorer.exe, shell32.dll, browseui.dll and timedate.cpl) for 32 and 64 bits
    - The AeroBar.exe app
    - and a "How to apply the theme.txt" file

c) Process:

    1) Download the visual style

    2) Extract this archive into your themes folder (by default): "yourdisk\Windows\resources\Themes" and apply it: double-click on your favorite Dark Soft visual style clicking on the .theme file (for example "Dark Soft Rounded.theme") and click on "apply"

    3) install the 4 system files (x86 or x64): browseui.dll, shell32, explorer.exe and timedatecpl. Apply the "AeroBar.exe" file (all is included in the archive)

    4) Restart your PC and enjoy :)

d) Features used:

    - Visual style editor : Vista style builder
    - Resource editor : Restorator 2007
    - Image editor: Photoshop CS4

III) Notes

a) Special dedications

    :bulletgreen: The credits go at first for Andreas Verhoven and all those who contributed to create this application
    :bulletgreen: For =DaHLiA-7 the silent night's creator and =DjabyTown who inspired me
    :bulletgreen: Icons in the start menu by ~StopDreaming
    :bulletgreen: Icons (arrow) for the startmenu : [link] by ~chrfb
    :bulletgreen: Icons for the folder by Jonas Risk mod by me
    :bulletgreen: ~neodesktop for his great wallpaper [link]
    :bulletgreen: Night Shade wallpaper by =murasaki55
    :bulletgreen: CAD skin: Silent Night from ~neodesktop
    :bulletgreen: "Dark Wood" wallpaper used in the first image of screenshot : [link]
    :bulletgreen: For all persons who give me their opinion and suggestions and who will leave a :+fav:

b) Permission:

    You can share and use some parts of this theme. Feel free to publish this theme in your website or blog. But you must credit =DaHLiA-7 and I. Thx u for your comprehension


    . Hey mate, for which OS is this theme ? :)
    Please read I)

    . Hey mate, how to install this theme ? :hungry:
    Please read II) c) >_<

    . I try to install your theme, but it doesn't work :angered:
    At first make you your system is patched to apply any visual style : [link] . Your system files are patched but the problem remains ? Try to determine the cause of the problem. Apply another theme: if this theme works, so it's because of my theme. In this case, tro to apply again the theme. Restart your PC. If the problem persists, leave a comment or send me a note explaining/detailing your problem. I will help u.

    . I managed to apply your theme, but how to apply the 4 system files :confused:
    Your can find a "" file in the archive with all the necessary explanations.
    1) Launch the "Take control.exe" application
    2) Take the control of these files: for example for "explorer.exe", select this file (letterofyourdisk\windows) and click on "take control"
    3) close this app, and manually (opening your explorer) search and rename the explorer.exe file of which you have just taken the control (example: "explorer.exe.original")
    4) In this folder (letterofyourdisk\windows), move the explorer.exe file found in the archive (32 or 64 bits, you must choose according to the version of your system: the one OR the other one)
    5) Do the same thing for the 3 others files
    6) Restart your PC

    . I managed to apply your theme and your system files but i found some "bugs" :eager:
    Indeed, some bugs or inconveniences can be find (like the background for Word, completely dark like the theme). In this case don't hesitate to leave a com and send me a note detailling completely the problem, with screenshots if possible. I will try to fix everything :)

    . I really like your theme, and i would like to know if you can improve or change some parts :please:
    It depends : if the changes aren't many and remain faithful to the "spirit" of this theme, i'm ready to modify locally this theme.

    . Which kind of wallpaper do you suggest to use with this theme ? :gallery:
    You can use the wallpaper included with the themes, "Wood" by ~neodesktop. You can also use dark wallpapers like in this screenshot, or nature wallpapers with an important lens blur effect which allows you to bring to light the dark and smooth aspect of this theme.

    . Will you publish others "little" updates for this theme ? :woohoo:
    Yes, probably

    . Can you make a windows 7 version of this theme ? :p
    Already done: [link]

    . I like this theme, how to thank u ? :clap:
    With a :+fav: :)

    . So, how to follow this deviation and your work generally ? :pat:
    Adding me

Thx u for your attention :)
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<font><font>buenas sera que puede hacer un video de como instalar este tema mas claro... gracias</font></font>
Do you have some .dll files for de icons, i really need the ones that you have used in the image!!!
Is there any way you can fix the dark background of word ?
Geinto Sep 21, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Apparently, I'm a gigantic dumbass. I tried to install this thing, and failed.

If you're having ANY KIND OF PROBLEM with the System32 files, and need to repair them, HERE IS HOW YOU CAN FIX IT:

1.) Restart.
2.) Go batshit crazy on your F8 key when rebooting, till you get to the advanced boot options.
3.) START WITH COMMAND PROMPT, you especially want to do this if you find yourself UNABLE TO START IT like I was, due to lack of any sort of interface aside from my mouse and a black screen.
4.) Login and all that crazy shit.
5.) Use that sweet, sweet command prompt. Type the following: sfc /scannow
6.) Let that motha' fucka do crazy computer wizardry. This may take about 10 minutes or so. JUST LET IT WORK, DON'T STICK YOUR DICK IN IT LIKE SOME IMPATIENT JACKASS.
7.) Don't worry if it says "found corrupt files, but failed to repair some of them". This is more than likely because you have FUCKED UP PORN on your hard drive, like myself. Just slam the power button on your computer, preferably with a FULLY ERECT APPENDAGE of your choice, and then press it again, this time with FAR MORE ENTHUSIASM (just try not to break into your casing or some shit).
8.) Let the computer wizardry take hold. Watch in awe as your computer starts flawlessly, without failure, and opens to reveal your desktop, complete with all that obscure fetish porn you left on it.
OPTIONAL: 9.) Collapse on the floor in tears, sing praises to our lord Gabe Newell, and swear never to try installing something like this again, because you're too much of a fuckwit to do it right.
Mistikfantasy May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Collapse on the floor in tears"... no i can't risk... i will continue to use the crappy default Vista theme :cry:
Mistikfantasy May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:fear: omg i don't want that this appens on my pc! but i want to change the default Vista theme...
I love this theme! But.. for some reason, after I installed it, my sound stopped working. Any idea why that might be?
Start menu button is the same :(, back and forward buttons also are still vista's, and what icons/quick launch bar is that?, also start menu looks a little choppy.
Ooops sorry for multi replys. They didn't show up on my screen....
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