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a less 'pretty' theme

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Lewis, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Lewis

    Lewis Flightless Bird

    I finally moved my home theatre PC to windows 7 and I am looking for a
    theme that is very basic, has folders oriented the right way, and looks
    quite basic. The only screen is a projector, and all the built-in
    themes look like crap on it, even after turning off the translucent
    effects and setting the background to solid black.

    Really, the close I can get it looking to my plainb-vanilla
    stripped-down Window XP (which was running, I think they call it the
    'classic' theme) the better.

    Also, even at 'small icon' size the icons are about twice the size they
    were in XP. Anything I can do about that?

    --
    He [Rincewind] wondered how old the tower really was. Older than the
    University, certainly. Older than the city, which had formed about it
    like scree around a mountain. Maybe older than geography.
     
  2. Jeff Layman

    Jeff Layman Flightless Bird

    On 14/10/2010 08:28, Lewis wrote:
    > I finally moved my home theatre PC to windows 7 and I am looking for a
    > theme that is very basic, has folders oriented the right way, and looks
    > quite basic. The only screen is a projector, and all the built-in
    > themes look like crap on it, even after turning off the translucent
    > effects and setting the background to solid black.
    >
    > Really, the close I can get it looking to my plainb-vanilla
    > stripped-down Window XP (which was running, I think they call it the
    > 'classic' theme) the better.
    >
    > Also, even at 'small icon' size the icons are about twice the size they
    > were in XP. Anything I can do about that?
    >


    Right click on a clear area of the desktop. Select "Personalize". This
    will bring up the Control Panel.

    Scroll down to "Basic and high contrast themes" and select "Windows
    Classic" (you will have to scroll down to see this on a laptop).

    Or choose bottom left option "Desktop background solid color".

    Make any other changes you want.

    --

    Jeff
     
  3. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Jeff Layman wrote:
    > On 14/10/2010 08:28, Lewis wrote:
    >> I finally moved my home theatre PC to windows 7 and I am looking for a
    >> theme that is very basic, has folders oriented the right way, and looks
    >> quite basic. The only screen is a projector, and all the built-in
    >> themes look like crap on it, even after turning off the translucent
    >> effects and setting the background to solid black.
    >>
    >> Really, the close I can get it looking to my plainb-vanilla
    >> stripped-down Window XP (which was running, I think they call it the
    >> 'classic' theme) the better.
    >>
    >> Also, even at 'small icon' size the icons are about twice the size they
    >> were in XP. Anything I can do about that?
    >>

    >
    > Right click on a clear area of the desktop. Select "Personalize". This
    > will bring up the Control Panel.
    >
    > Scroll down to "Basic and high contrast themes" and select "Windows
    > Classic" (you will have to scroll down to see this on a laptop).
    >
    > Or choose bottom left option "Desktop background solid color".
    >
    > Make any other changes you want.


    And you can carry that a step further by installing Windows Classic Shell:
    http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

    --
    Crash

    One man's weed is another man's wildflower.
     
  4. Lewis

    Lewis Flightless Bird

    In message <i96pfi$jhu$1@news.albasani.net>
    Jeff Layman <jmlayman@invalid.invalid> wrote:
    > On 14/10/2010 08:28, Lewis wrote:
    >> I finally moved my home theatre PC to windows 7 and I am looking for a
    >> theme that is very basic, has folders oriented the right way, and looks
    >> quite basic. The only screen is a projector, and all the built-in
    >> themes look like crap on it, even after turning off the translucent
    >> effects and setting the background to solid black.
    >>
    >> Really, the close I can get it looking to my plainb-vanilla
    >> stripped-down Window XP (which was running, I think they call it the
    >> 'classic' theme) the better.
    >>
    >> Also, even at 'small icon' size the icons are about twice the size they
    >> were in XP. Anything I can do about that?
    >>


    > Right click on a clear area of the desktop. Select "Personalize". This
    > will bring up the Control Panel.


    > Scroll down to "Basic and high contrast themes" and select "Windows
    > Classic" (you will have to scroll down to see this on a laptop).


    Ah, I did not see that category.

    > Or choose bottom left option "Desktop background solid color".


    I already did that. Background is solid black (the only reasonable
    choice on a projector, I think).

    --
    Worlds of belief, she [Susan] thought. Just like oysters. A little piece
    of shit gets in and then a pearl grows around it. --Hogfather
     
  5. Jeff Layman

    Jeff Layman Flightless Bird

    On 14/10/2010 15:04, Dave "Crash" Dummy wrote:

    >> Make any other changes you want.

    >
    > And you can carry that a step further by installing Windows Classic Shell:
    > http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
    >


    It says "Fully customizable in both looks and functionality" on the
    "Features" page for WCS. Do you happen to know if it is possible to
    change the appearance so that "Programs" is at the top (and not "Default
    Programs" and "Windows Update")?

    There's a new beta (4.01) out for Classic Windows Start Menu (web page
    with some missing graphics at
    http://coreaffinity.megabyet.net/classicwinstartmenu.htm). I haven't
    tried it yet, but it seems to include the only useful thing in the Win7
    Start Menu - the Search box.

    --

    Jeff
     
  6. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Jeff Layman wrote:
    > On 14/10/2010 15:04, Dave "Crash" Dummy wrote:
    >
    >>> Make any other changes you want.

    >>
    >> And you can carry that a step further by installing Windows Classic
    >> Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
    >>

    > It says "Fully customizable in both looks and functionality" on the
    > "Features" page for WCS. Do you happen to know if it is possible to
    > change the appearance so that "Programs" is at the top (and not
    > "Default Programs" and "Windows Update")?


    I don't understand the question. I use the Classic Windows Menu, and I
    don't see what you describe. "Default Programs" and "Windows Update" are
    on a submenu of "Programs." They are in alphabetical order by default,
    but they can be dragged into any order you want. See snapshot:
    http://crash.thedatalist.com/temp/menu.png.htm

    It has been awhile since I set Classic Shell up, so I don't remember
    everything I did, but I was pretty ruthless about "unpinning" stuff.

    > There's a new beta (4.01) out for Classic Windows Start Menu (web
    > page with some missing graphics at
    > http://coreaffinity.megabyet.net/classicwinstartmenu.htm). I haven't
    > tried it yet, but it seems to include the only useful thing in the
    > Win7 Start Menu - the Search box.


    I don't do betas, and I use Agent Ransack for searching, so I don't know
    how much use a search box on the start menu would be. I'll wait for the
    Final Release.

    --
    Crash

    "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."
    ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~
     
  7. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Lewis wrote:
    > In message <i96pfi$jhu$1@news.albasani.net> Jeff Layman
    > <jmlayman@invalid.invalid> wrote:
    >> On 14/10/2010 08:28, Lewis wrote:
    >>> I finally moved my home theatre PC to windows 7 and I am looking for a
    >>> theme that is very basic, has folders oriented the right way, and looks
    >>> quite basic. The only screen is a projector, and all the built-in
    >>> themes look like crap on it, even after turning off the translucent
    >>> effects and setting the background to solid black.
    >>>
    >>> Really, the close I can get it looking to my plainb-vanilla
    >>> stripped-down Window XP (which was running, I think they call it the
    >>> 'classic' theme) the better.
    >>>
    >>> Also, even at 'small icon' size the icons are about twice the size they
    >>> were in XP. Anything I can do about that?
    >>>

    >
    >> Right click on a clear area of the desktop. Select "Personalize".
    >> This will bring up the Control Panel.

    >
    >> Scroll down to "Basic and high contrast themes" and select "Windows
    >> Classic" (you will have to scroll down to see this on a laptop).

    >
    > Ah, I did not see that category.
    >
    >> Or choose bottom left option "Desktop background solid color".

    >
    > I already did that. Background is solid black (the only reasonable
    > choice on a projector, I think).


    Depends on the audience. Animated paisley was always a big hit in my
    crowd.

    --
    Crash

    "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."
    ~ W. Edwards Deming ~
     
  8. Jeff Layman

    Jeff Layman Flightless Bird

    On 14/10/2010 19:55, Dave "Crash" Dummy wrote:
    > Jeff Layman wrote:
    >> On 14/10/2010 15:04, Dave "Crash" Dummy wrote:
    >>
    >>>> Make any other changes you want.
    >>>
    >>> And you can carry that a step further by installing Windows Classic
    >>> Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
    >>>

    >> It says "Fully customizable in both looks and functionality" on the
    >> "Features" page for WCS. Do you happen to know if it is possible to
    >> change the appearance so that "Programs" is at the top (and not
    >> "Default Programs" and "Windows Update")?

    >
    > I don't understand the question. I use the Classic Windows Menu, and I
    > don't see what you describe. "Default Programs" and "Windows Update" are
    > on a submenu of "Programs." They are in alphabetical order by default,
    > but they can be dragged into any order you want. See snapshot:
    > http://crash.thedatalist.com/temp/menu.png.htm


    You have "Scripts" and "Portables" above "Programs" (see
    http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/features.html for a similar setup
    with "Default Programs" and "Windows Update" above "Programs"). My
    preference is to have "Programs" at the top of any "Classic" menu when
    it first appears after clicking on Start.

    > It has been awhile since I set Classic Shell up, so I don't remember
    > everything I did, but I was pretty ruthless about "unpinning" stuff.
    >
    >> There's a new beta (4.01) out for Classic Windows Start Menu (web page
    >> with some missing graphics at
    >> http://coreaffinity.megabyet.net/classicwinstartmenu.htm). I haven't
    >> tried it yet, but it seems to include the only useful thing in the
    >> Win7 Start Menu - the Search box.

    >


    I've just tried the 4.01 beta, and I can't get "Programs" at the top in
    the way that I can with the 3.2 final! The Search box doesn't seem to
    work properly either. I'll try to report back to the author tomorrow.

    --

    Jeff
     
  9. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Jeff Layman wrote:
    > On 14/10/2010 19:55, Dave "Crash" Dummy wrote:
    >> Jeff Layman wrote:
    >>> On 14/10/2010 15:04, Dave "Crash" Dummy wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>> Make any other changes you want.
    >>>>
    >>>> And you can carry that a step further by installing Windows
    >>>> Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
    >>>>
    >>> It says "Fully customizable in both looks and functionality" on
    >>> the "Features" page for WCS. Do you happen to know if it is
    >>> possible to change the appearance so that "Programs" is at the
    >>> top (and not "Default Programs" and "Windows Update")?

    >>
    >> I don't understand the question. I use the Classic Windows Menu,
    >> and I don't see what you describe. "Default Programs" and "Windows
    >> Update" are on a submenu of "Programs." They are in alphabetical
    >> order by default, but they can be dragged into any order you want.
    >> See snapshot: http://crash.thedatalist.com/temp/menu.png.htm

    >
    > You have "Scripts" and "Portables" above "Programs" (see
    > http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/features.html for a similar setup
    > with "Default Programs" and "Windows Update" above "Programs"). My
    > preference is to have "Programs" at the top of any "Classic" menu
    > when it first appears after clicking on Start.


    Ah. Now I understand. I don't think it is possible. "Programs" is a
    special folder like "Settings." I think they are hard wired into the
    lower section of the menu. Where there's a will, there's a hack, but I
    am not brave enough or driven enough to look for it.
    --
    Crash

    Life is short. Eat dessert first.
     

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