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Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja
Deviants! If you're running one of the previous alphas of are alternate links to Beta 1 ...


If not then I think I'd better introduce it properly. Get ready for a long one =) (Smile)

You gotta try it! It may be a bit uncomfortable at first but please give it a day at least, bit of a change is good for you =) (Smile)

Some quick mentions...
- It was originally inspired by "The Sentinel" Windows Media Player skin by the The Skins Factory, I trust you all know where that is.
- Big thanks to all those Neowin(.net)ians, HardwareGeeks(.com) and others who've helped and encouraged me!!!
- The wallpaper was HEAVILY inspired by that wicked sphere at [link] and by Hugo Boss (InMotion cologne) (not that I use it =) (Smile)

Some Facts:

- I think I've spent the longest time ever on this one!
- Sorry vertical taskbar users, it didn't make it to beta-1. Next release, promise!
- There are 14 color schemes most of them are based on a light color but a few, namely 'Black2', 'Deviant' and 'Graphite' are dark, greta at night but I don't recommend using them for too'll affect your mood =) (Smile) !
- Some of the color schemes from the MMD3 Winamp3 skin match some of these color schemes really well
- The visual style is just about complete, still need to do vertical taskbar, logonUI cursors, shell32 animations and icons
- All the images have been optimized so don't worry about performance


I had to split the .msstyle into two cos my StyleBuilder compiles a max of 10 color schemes per .msstyle file.
You need to first install the 'Bank Gothic Medium BT' font (included)

There are two ways to run it,

1 - You can extract everything to a folder and go double-clicking all the .msstyle files and manually change color schemes and matching wallpapers or you can

2 - Extract all the .theme files and 'Sentinel_A' and 'Sentinel_B' folders to your %WINDIR%\Resources\themes\ folder and select the color schemes from Display Properties, this way is quicker but it takes up a lot of space on your themes list and you'll most probably loose your cursor and the default desktop icon settings

Here are the Commandments to obey when using Sentinel:

- Though shallt use ONLY Normal Size fonts
- Though shallt NOT use large icons in the quick launch area
- Use ClearType font smoothing, otherwise titlebar fonts look blocky
- Disable the 'Address' Toolbar from your taskbar cos it throws it off sync when you're using multiple-line taskbars.
- Disable the 'Language Bar' from the taskbar (ugly)

Thats it!

I really like it and I hope that you will too! Please post your opinions and be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or bug reports.


If you're willing and able, any donations would be GREATLY appreciated! - [link] -> ""
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Given 2002-11-17
Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja is one of the best, and most original, Visual Styles for Windows XP that I have ever seen. I really dig the stylish start menu and the metallic tones. chaninja is definitely one of the best of the breed in the Visual Style category and this shows why! (Selected by $jark) ( Featured by jark )
azumangaa-daiohh Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
this looks so early 2000s and i love it
definitely usin this on my vm
profesorxxx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017
why can download? or where i can download for innosetup skin?
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
GrayhorseRetired Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Great Job!
I am a NUT for Orange and black and can tolerate red and yellow.
You have done a great design and offered colors too.
I have enjoyed a lot of your work and hope you continue.
thank you for this one!
Grayhorse Retired
DeMoNBL4dE Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
good job!
7dudes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
great work ...please make this theme for win 7
7dudes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
great job...please make this theme for win7
kkarllos Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Great job....
mcwurth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great visual style but: and this is probably my system: when i reboot my system it comes up without this VS except the colorscheme is set to this style. any idea why this could be?
ISigh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
dont know how to instal it + only have Sentinel_B1 not Sentinel_A [link]
samsmudpucker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
I like sentinel (red) very much and use it in XP-32
Now also have XP-64 but doesn't work, but will keep trying.
adni18 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work! :thumbsup:
M5000 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I love this style, like no lie. I had it installed on my older XP computer but I don't use that anymore, is there ANY way you can somehow adapt this to be a Vista theme? If you do, I will worship you forever. This is like the only theme I can find that's even close to my current aspirations for my visual style: Dark with blue accents. And if you can't adapt it, that's fine I'm just saying that a Vista adaptation would be greatly enjoyed.
tomasse Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great theme dude.
on my XP era, this was the one i used the most.
I even made a wallpaper to match back then, here is the link [link] , yeah i know, kinda late for compliments, but i just bumped on your gallery by pure luck, so i thought i mention it.
Again, very nice...keep up the good work.
5Seven Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Wonderful, great job. I've installed it.
and-reas Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I'm using it right now, great theme! Also very complete.
Zeentch Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Hey chaninja i've been a fan of your work for a long time altho i have never known you could be found on dArt and now when i have found you i just wish that i'd have found a updated Sentinel style but seems i have to use this one for a couple of more years, im glad u did the style and im happy i found ya, keep up the good work =)
and-reas Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Im using this theme right now, and it's the best one made! Really professional
mribeiro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
WOW!!! At first glance, this theme is absolutely amazing. However, I do have a few issues:

1. Toolbars in Firefox are HUGE (like unbelievably huge). Is there any way to correct this?
2. I am using an iconized toolbar ([link]), but the icons look really strange. Why does it do this?

Other than this, I love this theme. I'm using Sentinel_B--Black2 and I just love the gray backgrounds in explorer as well as the amazing taskbar (even though there are a few issues).
IronLeviathan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Awesome! Just downloaded it (First custom theme I've ever set up) And I love it.
rng72 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Wow by far one of the best, I like the fact you not only changed the colors but really changed the look and shape I can see you put tons of work into this KUDOS!
XxSoulHunterxX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
This is an amazing theme.

qizemli Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Hmmm, I've been needing a new Visual Style. Congrats on the DD BTW...
Theconsultant721 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Nice work! :headbang:
ILB0mb3rm4n Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008

awesome theme, man

nabz0r Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008

I've downloaded this and put it into my windows/Resource/Theme folder but it doesn't work, does anyone know why?
1Sevir1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
I am a big fan of this style, also of espresso brown, and I was wondering if I could see this in the afore mentioned color.
PuppetReaver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
I love how clean this is... and the color scheme **kisses fingers and does the italian thigie** very good work!!
YalovaLee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Hi, very good gallery ;)
Juunanagou17 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
cool °ç°
SideShowShadow Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
By far the best I've seen!
Harrierfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007

Yeah, I know. But I really have to tell you...if I had about 10^4 more arms, all of the thumbs would be up; this VS ROCKS!

I really hope that you finish the vertical taskbar (by that, you mean when expand/contract the taskbar vertically, right?) and icons, those are the ones I really think would belong the most.
roningumi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
great i love yr work man!!!
Denbynator Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
I love it, thanks for making it!, its made my desktop alot more cooler
WarZard Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
This may very well be the greatest and most original visual style I've seen on deviantart.. And mind you I've scrolled through every page and seen all the thumbnails of visualstyles there is...

This one simply caught my eye! This is an extraordinary visual style! +fav to you, keep up the terrific work!
dvanex Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
I was just wondering how you went about taking all of your images and making them into an actual theme.
bijan28 Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
cool vs=) im downloading it now thanks!
squallheartx Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
I love this theme I have been looking for a nice slick black theme and this is great i barely created a new desktop image and can say both blend in well keep up the good work!
Celoz Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
I love that style, but i am too stupid to apply it to my computer :(
Someone help, please!
BKMSTR Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007   Interface Designer
Awesome theme! Love it alot.
ShadowVlican Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
the amount of people using this theme is a testament to the quality!
azninj4 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
man ive dled tons of your stuff it rocks , ive gotten a ton of your stuff on keep it up u rock
technoturtle Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Very awesome style! It's very neat looking but still functional, a lot of the styles I've tried look neat but they're so big and clunky they're impractical. I can find only one error with this one, sometimes the text following the select boxes is cut off at the end, not really bad though, only a half a character at the most. Not much else to say other than I'll be using this one for a very long time!
Branithar Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
it's great - been a big fan for a long time.

couple of buggy type things i noticed... it seems to truncate the text in pop-up menu options, specifically i noticed it in the options of itunes.

keep up the good work, look forward to the next release!
JunWisewar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
i`m using this theme forever *scream like fan girl*
j99 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
hello 2 ol[link]
dimabraun Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
I know I'm a little late with the comment on this... but to this day, this remains one of my top 5 or so VS's to use. (Also really like Thallos, GuiAir, Reluna, and Watercolor). I'm using it right now, it's so complex but it's not all over the place like other skins that had a lot of work put into them. Good looking + functional = perfect formula.
loodaufo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
i like it sooooooooo much is there is any colors besid that one its soooo cooooooool thanks i download it now
stereocube Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
This theme is so damn nice...umm...the only thing is...i cant seem to get it to install, all i can seem to get it to change is the backround, i know its not the files, its me! im a noob....someone please help me
Thanks in advance
blind91 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
this is absolutely wonderful =)
i really love it, great gentle design
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