My thoughts on skinning in 2015 and beyond

By on February 27, 2015 4:29:51 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

2of3

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I had a passion for skinning at one time. So much so that it sometimes interfered with family life.

What has changed? It's very simple: Windows 8.

 

I know that programs like modern mix and start 8 make w8 seem almost like w7, but that's just it......almost, but not quite. Windows 7 was just perfect for a skinner! Just as skinnable as XP IMHO.

I feel very uninspired to skin for windows 8 because of the many hard coded fugly white areas that just stick out like a zit on a super model's face! I am a perfectionist to a fault (just ask anyone who knows me well) and these unskinned areas just piss me off and make any skin look half finished.

So for me, skinning is over.

 

I very much doubt that Windows 10 will be any better. If I know MS, they will do everything possible to make it harder and harder to completely skin the OS.

 

Wake me up when we can skin everything and I'll be there.

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February 28, 2015 4:36:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums


I had a passion for skinning at one time. So much so that it sometimes interfered with family life

I too had a passion for skinning a long time ago. Just so much that it killed my family life - and a subsequent divorce.......

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February 28, 2015 6:30:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 2of3,

 

Quoting LightStar,

 

nstalling and configuring "OldNewExplorer" like Andy mentioned, makes Windows 8/8.1 look and function almost exactly like Windows 7. If you put 7 and 8 side-by-side, I don't think anyone could tell the difference.



Dunno.....looks like a reg hack to me.

 

it patches explorer.exe in memory.

just as UxStyle patches uxtheme.dll in memory.

i wouldn't be surprised if WindowBlinds does something similar or the same for skinning shellstyle.dll related elements.

 

 

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February 28, 2015 8:17:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting moshi,

i wouldn't be surprised if WindowBlinds does something similar or the same for skinning shellstyle.dll related elements.

Are you serious?? Never have Stardock software use this method to implement,but add its own engine/service to render functionality. 

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February 28, 2015 8:32:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,

If you put 7 and 8 side-by-side, I don't think anyone could tell the difference.
I could. There would still be several big differences. Both under the hood, and on the outside as well. Some obvious, some not so much.

 

But if I want 7, I'll run 7. No real point in trying to turn 8 into 7.  YMMV.

 

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February 28, 2015 8:35:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting 2of3,

Quoting LightStar,

nstalling and configuring "OldNewExplorer" like Andy mentioned, makes Windows 8/8.1 look and function almost exactly like Windows 7. If you put 7 and 8 side-by-side, I don't think anyone could tell the difference.



Dunno.....looks like a reg hack to me.

Dunno about reg hack, but I have used Old New Explorer. It's fine, but I like the options available using the ribbon that Windows 8.1 provides, so I don't use O.N.E.

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February 28, 2015 8:46:09 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

But if I want 7, I'll run 7. No real point in trying to turn 8 into 7.  YMMV.

+100 Jim for being someone with a clue!!! BRAVO!!

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February 28, 2015 9:22:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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February 28, 2015 9:32:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It's a matter of taste I guess

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