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#1 Ice_Blue

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:42

One of the things that bugged me about RTM is the loss of the depth effect given by the drop shadows on windows. It looks messy when there are a lot of overlapping windows, since it was more of an effort to discern the window edges.

I resorted to yzShadow, but since that is a win32 utility, it only worked for 32-bit programs.

With the RP theme, the drop shadows are back.
They are not as pronounced as on Win 7, which is what I like.

Now that this niggle is gone, I am enjoying Windows 8 more than ever.

My only remaining beef is that I cannot change the colour of the window title.
I like dark backgrounds and borders, but because of this, I have to lighten up the borders so that the window titles become readable.

I installed the RP in a VM and copied over the msstyles and .theme file.
Modified the .theme file to point to the msstyles file (renamed to aeroRP.msstyles), and was all set.

Good thing I remembered to do this, since I believe the RP expires soon. :)


#2 grayscale

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:45

screenshot?

#3 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:54

screenshot?


I'm trying. My screen res is 1440x900, and Neowin keeps rejecting the image for some reason.
Trying to reduce size now...

#4 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:01

Here it is:

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#5 Jose_49

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:05

I would go back to the RP theme IF those back and forward buttons were smaller. I like the RTM one.

But yes, it looks beautiful

#6 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:15

I would go back to the RP theme IF those back and forward buttons were smaller. I like the RTM one.

But yes, it looks beautiful


Thanks. Personally, I don't mind the size of the buttons.

#7 LAMj

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:26

For anyone that want to change back, the RP theme has been up on deviantart for sometime now. No patch needed, just save it to your theme folder.

http://pasquiindustr...ows-8-330467841

#8 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:34

For anyone that want to change back, the RP theme has been up on deviantart for sometime now. No patch needed, just save it to your theme folder.

http://pasquiindustr...ows-8-330467841


This page says you need uxtheme patch.

#9 primexx

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:12

what's that thing that looks like a clock behind the windows, that says "58" in yellow?

#10 Lirodon

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:53

what's that thing that looks like a clock behind the windows, that says "58" in yellow?


Looks like a clock (given there's also a 58 on the taskbar)

#11 Marshall

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:55

what's that thing that looks like a clock behind the windows, that says "58" in yellow?


It's likely a Rainmeter skin.

#12 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:39

what's that thing that looks like a clock behind the windows, that says "58" in yellow?


That's Rainmeter. The clock is from the Elegance 2 skin. It's available on Deviant Art.

#13 +LightEco

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:21

This page says you need uxtheme patch.


Just download that file, make a copy of your current aero theme file, edit in notepad to point to the AeroRP.msstyles and its works without a patch.

#14 +Chris123NT

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41

WTF, that msstyle doesn't work here, it's just loading the default RTM aero, and I have uxstyle installed so it's not that.

Edit: NVM, it needs to be in its own folder and it needs an associated MUI file as well.

#15 +Brando212

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:45

WTF, that msstyle doesn't work here, it's just loading the default RTM aero, and I have uxstyle installed so it's not that.

have you installed updates since applying the uxstyle patch? i found that a few updates a little while back broke the patch causing things to not work correctly when changing themes again

i found that uninstalling uxstyle and reinstalling it again fixed my problem just fine (don't just run the installer again as that won't work and will cause your computer to crash next time you restart)