Category Archives: Tips

Using Custom Visual Styles for Windows

Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 4:31 am

To use the visual style mentioned in my previous post (and others that you find interesting), you’ll need to patch your uxtheme.dll file. There’s a manual process, but there are some tools out there that automate this. For Vista, I recommend vUXTender. For XP, I recommend UXTheme Multipatcher. If this doesn’t work, try UXTender. For […]

Recommended Visual Style: Clearscreen Sharp (Vista)

Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 4:17 am

Clearscreen Sharp is one of the most thorough and sleek styles I’ve ever come across. If I was still on Vista I’d be using this style. Click on the link to see a preview! Note that you’ll need to patch your uxtheme.dll and two other DLL files to use this unsigned theme. I’ll be posting […]

Recommended Software: VistaSwitcher

Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 4:13 am

VistaSwitcher: “replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks with their names and preview snapshots and enables the user to take actions on them using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts”. It’s freeware and works well in both Vista and 7 🙂

Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7

Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 4:11 am

By default, it doesn’t show up as a system tray icon. To fix this, exit Messenger, go to C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger (in Windows Explorer), right-click on msnmsgr.exe, click on “Properties”, click on “Compatibility” (tab), and tick “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”, select “Windows Vista” in the drop-down list, then click on “OK” and […]