WindowBlinds 7.4 Update

By on April 11, 2012 2:48:48 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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WB_icon_smA new update for WindowBlinds 7 has been released today.  WindowBlinds lets you change the look and feel of the Windows user interface with thousands of skins that are available from sites like WinCustomize.com.

This is a maintenance update with various fixes included:

  • Adds support for transparent scrollbars on Windows 7 Explorer windows
  • Updates for start button and high dpi
  • Fix for IE sizing issue
  • Fix for Opera repaint issue on scrolling
  • Fix for blurred borders on large bordered skins
  • Fix for UltraMon secondary taskbar
  • Directory Opus fixes -SyncBack / SyncBackSE / SyncBack Pro fixes. There are still some menu text colour issues with some skins, but thats skin-specific.
  • KVIrc - Black scrollbar resolved along with some other issues linked to the QT framework. Unfortunately apps using this framework may end up with strange mouseover issues where the previous skin images are used on mouseovers for a while. This is not a WindowBlinds issue. It also has menu text colour issues. The QT changes should impact any other app that also uses this framework such as the TeamSpeak 3 client.
  • Total Commander - The black menu bar items are now resolved
  • Photoshop Elements - tweaks to sort out a cosmetic non maximized window issue and seperators in their menus painting light when the rest is dark.
  • Yahoo Messenger - The correct theme is now used on the frames
  • uTorrent- An issue with buttons not positioning correctly when the add link window is expanded / collapsed has been worked around
  • Alcohol 120% - WB enforces strict Vista rules on the menus now
  • Automatic detection of custom menus that use the new menu theme parts added and strict Vista menu rules are forced on the application when this is detected.
  • The mouseover animated flash now applies to readonly combo boxes as well as buttons and toolbars.
  • IE9 should now support the use of the Web scrollbar sections where defined
  • IE9 groupboxes in webpages tweaked to match the style closer
  • CCCleaner - Small tweak to alter margins on header bars to prevent text on headers ending ... when there was enough space.
  • Thunderbird - Small tweak to add a line gap between the attached files list border and the selection box of any files attached.
  • IE9 on Vista - The second apply of a UIS2/PerPixel theme will no longer cause the tabs to vanish if IE is closed and reopened.
  • Keyboard selected items in explorer will now show with a selection image for all themes.
  • Menu padding settings no longer impact the menu bar itself.
  • Activation will request elevation (if required) -Some tweaks to the default themes included with WB

You can download WindowBlinds 7.4 from the Stardock download page (http://download.stardock.com) or via the beta of Stardock Central (http://www.stardock.com/products/stardockcentral).

Windows 7 x64-2012-04-11-13-18-27 Windows 7 x64-2012-04-11-13-21-40
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April 11, 2012 7:05:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

100%

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April 11, 2012 7:15:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Mine too. Very smooth!

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April 11, 2012 7:41:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Stardock Central updated with no problems.  Sweet!

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April 12, 2012 1:16:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

why is it not possible to install it through impulse?

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April 12, 2012 1:39:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Urban1,
why is it not possible to install it through impulse?
Impulse has been sold to GameStop.  All future Satrdock installs are to be done via Stardock Central or the Stardock Store.

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April 12, 2012 1:47:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
Stardock Central or the Stardock Store

http://www.stardock.com/products/stardockcentral/

and 

http://download.stardock.com/

respectively.

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April 12, 2012 1:49:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks Rosco.....rednecks are a bit slow sometimes. 

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April 12, 2012 1:58:19 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
Thanks Rosco.....rednecks are a bit slow sometimes. 

 

All you gotta do is dangle a cool one in front of them the same way you dangle a tennis ball for a dog.

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April 12, 2012 2:19:46 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LizMarr,



Quoting RedneckDude,
reply 7
Thanks Rosco.....rednecks are a bit slow sometimes. 


 

All you gotta do is dangle a cool one in front of them the same way you dangle a tennis ball for a dog.

 

You must have forgotten that they need to be sitting next to the out house also.

Nice update BTW.

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April 12, 2012 4:01:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yup. Just in case the unthinkable happens and the outhouse springs a leak he needs to be ready with the bucket. Waste not want not.

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April 13, 2012 1:05:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Mine did not update properly through Stardock Central. I had to go to the Stardock Store and download it. Then it installed properly to version 7.4.

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April 13, 2012 2:26:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting The-Reaper-Man,
Mine did not update properly through Stardock Central. I had to go to the Stardock Store and download it. Then it installed properly to version 7.4.
The same here (Win 7 64bit)

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April 13, 2012 7:54:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting The-Reaper-Man,
Mine did not update properly through Stardock Central. I had to go to the Stardock Store and download it. Then it installed properly to version 7.4.

Quoting vwaldbrunn,
The same here (Win 7 64bit)

What happened when you tried?  Errors?  Explosions?  Nothing?

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April 13, 2012 7:56:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Worked for me through Stardock Central app and I'm using Windows 7 x64

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April 13, 2012 12:16:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The-Reaper-Manreply 11Mine did not update properly through Stardock Central. I had to go to the Stardock Store and download it. Then it installed properly to version 7.4. vwaldbrunnreply 12The same here (Win 7 64bit) What happened when you tried?  Errors?  Explosions?  Nothing?
No explosion  but error message "could not install silently, please go to download folder and install manually", then prompt to reboot. After that I did a clean install and that it was. May be my fault not to unload WindowBlinds before starting Stardock Central?

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April 13, 2012 12:34:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting vwaldbrunn,
May be my fault not to unload WindowBlinds before starting Stardock Central?

This shouldn't be necessary.  Perhaps the planets were in such an alignment at the time that it prevented it from working properly the first time.  That's what I'm blaming it on, anyway.

It's up and running now, though?

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April 13, 2012 12:48:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Rosco_P,

Quoting vwaldbrunn, reply 15May be my fault not to unload WindowBlinds before starting Stardock Central?

This shouldn't be necessary.  Perhaps the planets were in such an alignment at the time that it prevented it from working properly the first time.  That's what I'm blaming it on, anyway.

It's up and running now, though?
It's okay, no problems, thank you.

Perhaps I will wait for a full moon next time.

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April 13, 2012 10:35:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

i hope this fixes the right click menu from being on the left instead of the right side every time i enable a blind.

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April 14, 2012 1:11:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I got that 'error' message, too, but just clicked OK & it installed without a hitch.  I don't think it was an 'error' message - rather just a 'message'.

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April 15, 2012 2:19:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The-Reaper-Manreply 11Mine did not update properly through Stardock Central. I had to go to the Stardock Store and download it. Then it installed properly to version 7.4. vwaldbrunnreply 12The same here (Win 7 64bit) What happened when you tried?  Errors?  Explosions?  Nothing?

No errors, although I did hear a couple of explosions It just said it was still version 7.3 (Vista 32bit) The Stardock Store version took much longer to install but it at least upgraded me to 7.4.

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April 15, 2012 4:23:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting The-Reaper-Man,
The Stardock Store version took much longer to install

Ya the store install runs that alcs or acls (whichever it is) routine that sets the permissions on all the files in the skins directory.  It can take awhile if there are a lot of skins and it runs silent - I thought the install had hung until I opened up task manager to see what was going on.  But it works as long as you wait for it.

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April 15, 2012 2:20:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Updates for start button and high dpi

Kudos to Neil. Fantastic update. I've been using 125% dpi fonts for a while and it always bothered me that only a few blinds looked good enough to use that way.

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April 15, 2012 2:27:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

With this update, on reboot I have to stop then restart UxSms to get Aero running again. Windows 7 Ultimate/64/4Gb RAM. I don't reboot often, so I just noticed it today.

Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 5.9
Your Windows Graphics Experience score is 6.9

WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.4 (320 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
(Acer LCD Monitor X223W) 1 is attached to NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

Wblind.dll      2012/04/11 12:31:20
Wblind64.dll      2012/04/11 12:31:05
Wbsrv.dll      2011/09/26 15:10:56
SevenConfig.exe      2012/04/10 18:38:58
Wbload.exe      2010/10/20 16:08:35
Wbhelp.dll      2011/10/04 10:01:37
Tray.dll           2009/10/23 20:12:19
Wbload.dll           2010/06/07 15:59:25
Screen.exe      2010/06/07 15:59:43

Edit: After a few WB skin changes, and several reboots, it now appears to be ok. I will keep an eye on it, but so far, so good.

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April 15, 2012 4:43:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Lantec,

Updates for start button and high dpi

Kudos to Neil. Fantastic update. I've been using 125% dpi fonts for a while and it always bothered me that only a few blinds looked good enough to use that way.

 

Hum. I've been using 96 on any display graphics. Just what resolution can the new displays show?

 

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April 16, 2012 1:06:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting sithious,
i hope this fixes the right click menu from being on the left instead of the right side every time i enable a blind.

That was fixed a few versions ago. Sometime last year, I too also had that problem but yes it's fixed

 

@Lantec,

I'm sure you already know but most blinds support the default DPI setting of 96. 

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