When it comes to Windows 7 skins, finding good styles is difficult. This visual style called Noir is one of the best I’ve seen lately. Install it if you don’t have a good one yet!
This is a very impressive shell skin called “Noir”. It not only has a great name, it also looks extremely elegant and is beautifully crafted:
The Start Menu has a pretty shutdown button and doesn’t have rounded edges
A screenshot of the system tray:
A close-up of the navigation buttons – very pretty:
Quick Look At The Important Theme Shell Files
Now let’s take a quick look at the system files included:
As you can see, this theme includes various Bitmap files. In order to install this theme correctly, you will need a resource editor.
We explained how to get this done here: Installing Explorerframe.dll skins
When you uncollapse the folder “Theme”, “Noir” you see the folders en-US and Shell, here are the important theme files that need to be copied into the the C:/Windows/Resources/Themes folder as outlined here . Follow the instructions precisely or you may not be able to boot Windows 7 – or damage system files. If you are new, make sure to learn how to recover your system by going into the safe mode and using the System file checker!
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Checklist before installing skins:
- Learn how to use sfc.exe
- Learn how to get into safe mode
- Burn a Live CD e.g. Ubuntu Live CD
- Install Ubuntu or Windows 8 on 2nd partition