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nautiKK - visual style for Windows 7

Actually, the use of the cyan color is inspired by the new formula 1 team Mercedes GP. They use this color on their f1 car, which looks, in my opinion, awesome. So I thought, why not creating a visual style with this color? This is the result.


x86 users had a white clock bug, should be fixed now
Thanks to ramios

Package Content

:bulletgreen: 1 Visual Styles (+additional msstyles)

:bulletgreen: System Files [all available for x64 and x86]

-Explorer.exe [changes the start button]
-explorerframe.dll [changes the back/forward button]
-shell32.dll [changes images of control panel]
-timedate.cpl [changes clock diaglogue]

:bulletgreen: Fonts

:bulletgreen: README
-Read this before doing anything or asking :)


-Icons used in the preview are Token ( NOT INCLUDED)

-OtisBee helped me finding a matching name and he got the idea: nautiKK ... Thanks a lot :)

Hope you all enjoy my visual style. Would appreciate comments and/or fav's! :)

P.S.: Many users asked me, why their icons didn't change after applying the style. The answer is simple, the style doesn't change any icon, you have to replace them on your own.

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copyright Patrick Macherey || DjabyTown :icondjabytown:
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Tradehunter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
great theme how about using blue instead of green for the main separators and change the window action buttons from thr round shape ti the normal action shapes with the same blue hover effect as the separator. the blue color i suggest is vey dark blue navy 
jabarbasithme Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
when i running windows hot keys (windows + r), the color theme just change several, not full window, can you fix this ?
rcg123 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
clean look
Raider2099 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Professional Filmographer
I used it....followed instructions to the letter and it worked....Looks awesome.....But fonts are too small....anyway to increase them.
zoraband Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
Another Dark+Blue gem ♦ aside from Dark Vs Blue
Natakiro Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome; just what I needed! :la: I was so sick of the blinding white of the original windows. Love the sleek, dark design; thank you so much for making this :D
kramn3k27 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
how to download it ?
wetheenergy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
is there any way to convert this to a Grey No color Visual Style? Or just red detailed.
nnq2603 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 25, 2016
Possible but takes time.

1st you've to get used to some of tool to work this stuffs for yourself. Resource Hacker (or similar alternative) is required. Photoshop/GIMP (similar alternative). Advanced payware alternative is Ave's Windows Style Builder (this one is made dedicatedly for windows visual style editing/creating).
Basically, you've to extract every graphic element (which have color you don't want) from *.msstyles file to regular separate *.png files for further modification. Use Photoshop or any graphic software to edit/manipulate those given *.png (this task could be less time consuming if all you want is grayed them out, there's batch convertion function in XnView - a free image viewer). After done grayish process, use a resource editor (Reshacker/restorator/etc...) import back those modified *.png and rebuild *.msstyles file, save as one with different name (in case you messed up in export/import process and the msstyles file no longer work. Have original backup one to start all over again if necessary). Done those works, you ready to put it into ...\theme\*theme-name*\ and load it up. 
HeadXx43 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the awesome theme. I got pretty bored with the Windows defaults so I think I'll be sticking with this one for a while.
I do have one rather awkward complaint though. Personally, I like my taskbar to be on the side of my screen but your theme doesn't support it. Looks like I'll be keeping that on the bottom from now on. :) 
Kavianmaler Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
done it :) after some early problems with my Windows Ultimate 64 bit.
For example: i couldn't simply replace shell32.dll and timedate.cpl. it look like they are normally under use while explorer.exe is running (more surprising there were any issues to replace the explorer.exe). When i change the name for the shell32.dll (e.g. shell32.dll.BackupNautikk) and want to copy the shell32.dll form the Nautikk folder it didn't work and i also couldn't renamed it back xD. Afterwards i can laught about it.
I think you can easily replace this files via the "windows security mode" or like me with a usb protable (or a CD) Windows 7. Under Repair ---> select Driver ----> choose Driver you have access to your system and can make the changes. You also can go with annother win7 e.g. via another harddrive. Thats all alternative Backupplans if you have Problems with the system files.

so thx DjabyTown/Patrick for this Theme, so far i can tell it looks nice :)

Ps: hope you read some commends. Since your last commend was feb 2013, i think you have also better things to do xD
DjabyTown Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I do read them from time to time. Glad you enjoy the theme :)
Sunshy34 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2016

I apologize in advance what message was translated with Google translation (I'm French).
To begin I would like to congratulate you for this wonderful theme.
I met a concern in the menu customization or we chose the themes the left pane remains white.
Would you have a solution to this problem.

wetheenergy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Would really love a desaturated version of this.
Full-on dark grey or matte black.

Wonderful theme, a pity only comes in this color
Z4sz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
For some strange reason this theme is interfering with my waterfox browser. It creates unnecessary spaces before and after icons for every bookmark in the dropdown menus.
wetheenergy Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be possible to have this visual style in full grey and not grey/green???
Querrx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I finally succeeded in applying the style - shell32.dll caused me a lot of trouble and made me restore my system couple of times - but now it works fine and looks awesome, so thank you for your incredible theme and thank you for making it available for download :)
cdog1481 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
how do I download this
m0rphiT Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
cheeeaashh_ THAS HOT
IllidanEvil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Love you're work. One of the best VS on deviantart for sure. Thanks for sharing and cheers man.
hekee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
are those explorerframes for sp1?
hybrld Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Where can I find that start orb?
hybrld Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Where do you get that start orb?
killer644305 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
why when i install it, it looks like windows xp taskbar and not like the photos above i dont understand pls help me :(
Silv3rLight94 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013…
Can you help me with this problem please? It's annoying :(
cj360 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Theme looks awesome, but I'm not sure where I goofied on my install of it. It installed fine until I got to the point of replacing the explorer.exe files within my sys64wow and system32 folders. The one in sys64 kept saying it was in use when I tried to overwrite it and I'm not sure if the new one (from your theme) stuck when I just dragged and dropped it. And there was no explorer.exe within my system32 folder which caused anything using explorer.exe to break upon my next boot (black screen with only a mouse cursor). Is it simply cause I tried to install on win7 basic? And would it work without causing a system break on win7 premium? I know its a lot of writing for one comment but an answer would be nice. Thanks.
xXmastermintsXx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, great theme, works great! I was just wondering, would you be able to send me a link to download the icon file? I've been searching everywhere for the icon file to go with IconPackager, buy I can't seem to find it :(
rosedragoness Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this theme is great but sadly the font is so small and the blue items on explorer i cant read xD
Q13E5 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Hey DjabyTown, I used your theme, and Now my papers print black and gray... Eh well. Are you able to fix this bug?
jorcelio Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
can anyone help me, i want to add the menu.exe to the "bge.ini" to become a glass too but it does not work when i do that maybe i made in a wrong way. The menu that i refer is that we usually press refresh everytime in the desktop stand-by, or to personalize the taskbar etc. I would like if somebody type the filled "bge.ini" i'am using the V0,1. Thanks thanks amigos.
Q13E5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I think the windows 7 file scheme theme changed. I don't see "explorer.exe" anywhere... I patched the 3 files too... 
Q13E5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Nvm. the instructions didn't either appear clear or there was an extra step i didn't have to do.  worked :)
jaydon007 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I cant love it anymore.its perfect match with the dark theme firerox.Thank you for share,you will be glad to see this if i donate,haha,make a joke.
Utkal0 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
i installed and my theme changed to classic and i can't change it
shadowkrist Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
thank u a lot
Abikarix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So where do i drag the x64 Folder to change the buttons? The README doesn't specify.
Galdavar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Hey it runs x32 too?
DK10016 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
When I use this theme I get an error message when trying to view pictures ( [link] ) - I can open and view them but I will get the error message after I've opened two or three in a row. Once I close the message, the same thing will happen all over again. I have tried excluding COM Surrogate (dllhost.exe) from Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and a few other things, but have had no luck. When I use a different VS or W7 Aero, I can view pictures just fine. I realize this theme is old but I was just curious if this can be fixed since I really like it.
chop007 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Everyone, all that is needed is to patch your system, then install theme resource changer, then downlaod this zip, extract it to your desktop, then send the .theme/visual style file to windows/resources/themes. Then also place the nautikk in themes section. Then double click on the .theme file and resource changer will automatically add all the changes from the nautikk file you placed within windows/resources/themes. Also, install black glass enhanced. Easy as pie, just google these steps if you need more detailed instructions, don't try replace system files by your self, you will end up in a non starting explorer.exe
ramde101 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
do i have to install other apps b4 i istall this theme???
hazel285 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
just installed it tok a while cause im completly new to this but i know my way around computers but this looks so god damn awesome i hope you make more :)
rockyvanz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
how can i change the start button ? ... the original button cant change in explorer.bak it is still an application ... my start button dont change
rockyvanz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
can u teach me .. how can i copy explorer.exe it saids when i copy it and replaces .. the folder is open in another application .. and the rest cant copy to need permision i follow the instruction but nothing happen help me pls ..
rockyvanz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
i cant copy explorer it said the folder is open in another application ... >< and the other cant copy need permission i dont know how i change that i follow the instruction nothing happen :(
3arthling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Awesome theme, so streamlined!
pitchwolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
is there a video on how to install this :/ i just cant get it
pitchwolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Wheres the download button i would love to give it a try :D
DjabyTown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm sorry, but if you are not able to find the download button, maybe you should consider quitting customization...
pitchwolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
nvm found it
EhMjAy15 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Does this theme packs can affect my PC/Laptop? Like do they have viruses on them?
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