Windows 7 Skin Of The Day: “Noir” With 3 Different Theme Styles

New Shell Skin_thumb2 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!

Head over to to download this shell skin. (Download from our mirror)

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:

New Shell Skin

The Start Menu has a pretty shutdown button and doesn’t have rounded edges

Elegant Start Menu

A screenshot of the system tray:

System Tray Skin

A close-up of the navigation buttons – very pretty:

Navigation Buttons Skin

Quick Look At The Important Theme Shell Files

Now let’s take a quick look at the system files included:

Explorerframe Bmp Files

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

Actual Shell Themes Files

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!

If you have any specific questions, you can send us a mail or post a comment below

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


Published: Sunday, December 9th, 2012 Last Modified: December 9, 2012

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