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AeroPlain for Windows 7 by garbanzox AeroPlain for Windows 7 by garbanzox
This is a minor mod of the basic Aero theme for Windows 7.

It removes:
- White gradient in upper corners of window frames
- White diagonal stripes behind all aero glass (window frames, taskbar, etc.)
- Dark smoke behind the start orb and clock area of the taskbar

The theme makes Aero look much better against dark wallpapers.

To use, first download and run the Universal Theme Patcher [link]

Then download my theme, and extract it to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes

Go into the Themes folder, and double-click on aeroplain.theme to apply.

You may need to restart again after you apply the theme to remove the stripes from your taskbar.

[UPDATE | 03 July 2009]
Removed the dark smoke behind the start orb and the clock area (not shown in screenshot). Taskbar is now uniformly transparent. Thanks to Generator at sevenforums.com for his help!
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:iconyuricurri:
yuricurri Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
I dont understand what I am doing wrong, I've followed your instructions, and it just looks like the plain regular windows 7, nothing like the image you show above with aero.
What could I be doing wrong?
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Lynysys Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
UPDATED LINK FOR UNIVERSAL THEME PATCHER: universal-theme-patcher.en.lo4…
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:iconbykfiend42:
bykfiend42 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Is there any way to remove the streaks from the taskbar?
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:iconthetonyk123:
thetonyk123 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Is there a version without the start menu picture? If so, that'd be amazing. 
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:iconfrankthefixer:
FrankTheFixer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I followed the instructions exactly. Even if the links are broken, I got the patcher from universal-theme-patcher.en.lo4…, patched the 3 files, extracted the theme to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes, installed it (clearaero), restarted the PC but no effect (beside a classic non aero theme) :(

Just like kweigger said below (Sep 10, 2013)

So where did I go wrong?

Any directions would be much appreciated.

Thanks
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:icongarbanzox:
garbanzox Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sorry, can't help. I haven't used Windows 7 for more than a year.
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:iconcharlesmilette:
charlesmilette Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
so minor you can use aero tuner and you can disable it, but i prefer using your theme, it looks more natural
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:iconpolarbear9993:
polarbear9993 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
That's the theme I've been looking for about.....huh....almost 2 years. I tried a lot of themes but none of them gives satisfaction to me. osx pack is great but I do not want to copy another os's look. Good work man!! I was about to install windows 8 for a better ui but I hate metro or whatever u can call it now. Now I have a great windows 7 :-D
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polarbear9993 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Finally, I've found what I have been looking for almost.......ahh......... 2 years lol. tried a lot of themes but none of them gives a satisfaction. osx is pretty but I do not want to copy another os's look. Thank you for making this :). was going to change windows 8 for a better ui but hating the metro or whatever u can call it now
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CoBrA9891 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Would it be possible for you to remove the gloss effect on the buttons on the taskbar? (like on the show desktop button in your screenshot, all other icons on the taskbar have the same effect)
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kweigger Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
This looks perfect for what I'd like, but I'm trying to figure out how I am screwing up such simple directions. I can't get Universal Theme Patcher to work since all the download links at the site are dead. Instead I used Uxtheme as described on other theme pages here. Other than that I followed all directions. The theme shows up as clearaero in the theme window, but when I enable it my theme reverts to the basic win98 looking one. I have reset with no improvements. Can anyone offer any help?
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peterfaj Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
This is great! Just what I've been looking for.

The only thing that's still unpleasantly shiny now are the window (minimize, maximize, close) buttons.
They too should be plain — something like this: [link]
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:iconhpsgill:
Hpsgill Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
amazing good work
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:iconkaziglu:
Kaziglu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Fabulous!
I can't believe I found this in 2013, as I was looking hard for something just like that in 2007, but gave up hope. Finally Aero looks like someone with good taste would design it... ;-) Good thing I won't be moving over to Windows 8 any time soon, but I'm sure there's people out there that would love to see the same theme for 8 as well if possible. There's a way to get a transparent theme going on there, but it's not "Glass".
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Killman260 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Is there any way enabling the dark smoke effect behind the start orb and the clock area?
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:icongarbanzox:
garbanzox Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, but the fact that it's missing is kind of the point.
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:iconkillman260:
Killman260 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I think it would be better with the smoke effect. Is there any chance of you making another version with that effect? Because this one seems to work best with dark backgrounds only...
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:iconbalerdus:
Balerdus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Great Thanks !!
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:iconmustafacan19:
MustafaCan19 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Good work. It's better than original aero.
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:iconshkelly:
shkelly Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
no .theme file?
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:iconsireddie81:
sireddie81 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I had to load another theme before the bar would show up. Works fine now.

I'd like to have the option of not splitting, i.e. showing only RAM usage on the full bar.

Otherwise a great app!
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:iconsireddie81:
sireddie81 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Oups wrong window :)
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:iconcr7network:
Cr7NeTwOrK Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
the best
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:iconqueencaelum:
QueenCaelum Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
amazing,good work
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:iconandrew254:
Andrew254 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
hmm, i patched and installed them like you said.
when i applied it nothing happened?
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:iconodd-e:
Odd-E Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you transfer the files to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes ?
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:iconpjman2952:
PJMAN2952 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Going to get this as soon as get windows 7 back on my computer again. I have vista for now so I have to wait for some time
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gamecraziness Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I discovered this can cause a problem with Firefox 4; It will turn the blue theme grey.
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:iconfarrer:
FaRReR Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Sexah.
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:iconbumblebritches57:
BumbleBritches57 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
do you know how to make a transparent scrollbar WITHOUT the glass.exe or whatever its called?



i got the smoke removed from the taskbar also
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:icontheironlion:
TheIronLion Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Uch! I've hated those streaks for so, so long! Thank you for getting rid of them for me!!!!
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:iconrofferjak:
RofferJak Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student General Artist
When I apply this theme it changes my background desktop image to the default windows flag. Then when I try to change the image the white 'light' lines appear on the task bar, but not on the borders of the windows : /
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:icongarbanzox:
garbanzox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
restart explorer.exe
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Ivanhoe1966 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Good mod! Better than the original one.
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:iconxaidah:
Xaidah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I really like this...but it does not support 64-bit?... Ive patched everything and clicked but nothing happens...
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:iconfarrer:
FaRReR Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I'm on 64-bit, it works perfectly. You're obviously doing something wrong.
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:iconnman212:
nman212 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
I still dont understand how to install patched themes can you help?
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:iconnman212:
nman212 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
I still dont understand how to install patched themes can you help?
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:iconryandigweed:
ryandigweed Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
does it support 64-bit?..
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:iconryandigweed:
ryandigweed Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
its a great VS, but does it work for 64-bit?..
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:iconextreme-x:
extreme-x Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
nice job
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:iconjumivi:
jumivi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
can u make the progress bar change back to the original colour (green)

thz!
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:iconmichaelleuker:
michaelleuker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Hey garbanzox! Thanks for your work, but unfortunately your style does not work at my Win7 x64 Netbook :( I installed the ThemePatcher, copied your theme-file and double-clicked, but nothing happened - even after restarting the system. Any ideas?

PS: I found the STREAM_971.png with ResHacker and changed it, but ResHacker askes for a Type, Name and Language for the modded PNG file... What do I have to enter to change correctly?

thx, michael
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:iconrandonneur:
Randonneur Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
It's pretty much the same as the original aero theme... but... i love it! ^_^
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:iconalistair78:
alistair78 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
I will keep looking...thanks!
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:iconalistair78:
alistair78 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
This is the best theme I have seen for Win 7. Any possibility of making one for Vista so my netbook can look just as good??

Thanks!
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:icongarbanzox:
garbanzox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
glad you like it!

unfortunately i don't have Vista on my computer so I can't port this. but i'm sure there's a VS like this out there somewhere :)
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:iconeddie09:
Eddie09 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
does this work on RC?
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:icongarbanzox:
garbanzox Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i think i built it on RC, so it certainly should :D
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xxxzandercorexxxmn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I love this, so much better looking than default 7 areo! thanks so much (:
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