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Placebo for Windows 7 by SolMiler Placebo for Windows 7 by SolMiler
for Windows 7 x86 & x64 SP1
created by Solmiler

06/Dec/10 :) :) :) WOW! It is really a great feeling to receive a Daily Deviation.
Thank you *bgjerlowdesigns and `OtisBee for suggesting and featuring it.
I couldn't be happier!!! :D :D :D

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Borderless 1 Borderless 2 Borderless 3 Cold Light Zero

This VS is intended for Windows 7. It's tested and working on both 32 and 64-bit versions.
Updated for SP1.

- Eight Visual Styles.
- Additional borderless versions
- Support for top, bottom and left taskbar,
- Two different fonts: Windows default Segoe UI font and s smaller Calibri font.
- Basic version of every style.
- Support for Theme resource changer - no changing
of system files is necessary.

Additional System Files - SHELL32.dll and WMPLOC.dll can be downloaded HERE: [link]
System files are updated for SP1.

INSTALLATION: Detailed instructions can be found in the included README file

IMPORTANT! Do not use UxStyle it has stopped working and keeps reverting custom themes to basic. Use UniversalThemePatcher instead: [link]

Icons used in preview: Icon Pack 2 by ~aablab and JONGHYUNPARK Exp.+2 by ~jpyss

Walls by *ether

Created by Solmiler
Licensed under Creative Commons

Check out my other Visual Styles:

Seven and a Half

Glass Onion
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-12-06
the suggester said: "Placebo for Windows 7 by ~SolMiler is without a doubt one of the best themes available for Windows 7. It's dark, clean and smooth. I love this theme so much that i'm actually using it on all 3 of my Windows 7 computers!"
( Suggested by bgjerlowdesigns and Featured by OtisBee )
luis0henrique Featured By Owner 5 days ago
The download link is off  :(
luis0henrique Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Now it's working!! :D
DavRome Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2018  New Deviant
How do you change the status bar text color? (bottom bar of window) I love this theme!

Proditae Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best, thank you, never stop creating!
mJack Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018
I'm also one of those people that was in awe of this VS from the moment I first saw it many years ago...I quickly downloaded it and never seemed to have a problem with on my Windows 7 machine. I loved using WSB and other tools to tweak and customize my favorite Kitsch Object... adding a button from another theme or other things like that.

I was pretty happy when I came across this for Windows 10 and I was able to get back to my favorite hobby tweaking this. Of course another user had possession of the Windows 10 version and I was fortunate to download a copy before they took the VS offline...which is where it's been for almost a year now.

I don't pretend to know how that other user got the Win 10 version...and u don't hold any I'll will... but I wish he'd put it back online so others can enjoy this VS like I got to....
MrTwsted Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2018
THANK YOU......  Im using the Kitsch Object Theme
and holy crap its gorgeous  :)  I LOVE IT.  :)
Thank you :)

im only having one problem, in the taskbar, usually when a pplication is opened or a folder is being used, that particular icon is highlighted in the windows taskbar.
With this theme, its a bit hard to see if a particular application or folder is already opened, because the icon does not glow in the taskbar when its being used.
Sminky001 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
sminky wants to get naked and roll around on the floor
Kracov Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi love this theme.  I'd like to edit your visual style for personal use.  Do you think you could help me find the images for the scrollbar? There seem to be a lot of different graphics for the scrollbar, I don't know which elements are which.
caicio Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeappa Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
great retro style like Amiga.
Thanks , you are awesome!
Hagaka Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
Dude, thanks a million for this.
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
Amazing artwork!
Terrapin2190 Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2017
I completely agree with davidlaurie65. The Placebo Ashtray variant looks amazing! It's definitely one of my favorites.

I was actually wondering if there was any way you could make an Ashtray Mk.2. Forgive me if this is too much to ask, but I was hoping you could swap out the right-click menu style from Angst and append it to Ashtray. Or provide details on where this information is located and how to edit it. (Now that I think of it, I'm guessing use Theme Resource Editor to find the files within the .theme?)

Thanks again for the amazing themes and all the effort you've put into them! :)

(Now I want to change the file explorer, selected file color to offset the look of the right-click menu as well... This looks like a lot of work changing just these two items!) You theme creators have my utmost respect.
Othienka Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you manage to work it out?
Having tried countless Visual Styles, your Placebo Ashtray variant is as far as I'm concerned, the most complete and satisfying I've used. Every aspect is special, and even though I lean towards even darker themes, this is my final choice. Thanks so much for your time and effort, and for making it available.    
arc-NiXon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
This theme is BEAUTIFUL ~ TYTYTY :]
Tibarion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Whenever I use the custom themes and minimize firefox it automatically gets rid of the start taskbar when I pull Firefox back up and there's a white border around it
ZNE1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you~ ~
xxtayce Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017

Any way to allow us to change font from just default Segoe UI or Calibri? Font size is very small for what I am typically used to. Otherwise I am in love with this! Finally a theme/background that doesn't blind me. 
RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
this is the theme i was looking for.
thank you so much. i had a similar theme on XP and i wanted it for seven and then u made it.
iwriduan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
this is the only theme ive been using for years, i thank you sir!
i switch between cold light and pure morning in a monthly basis and this morning i found that i have A LOT of backup explorerframe.original in my system32 and syswow64 (every time switched between cold light and pure morning i copied respected version of explorerframe, thus keep renaming the previous to original1... original2... original3 and so on until i realized now am having explorerframe.original36 in each sys folder)

and seems like i am unable to find a good way to get rid of that backup explorerframe. anyone has a sugestion? (tried takingownership, restarting, and even save moding to no avail)

niggareally Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
how to revert back to stock windows theme?
jaminalevine41 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016

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SonyZR Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Thank you so much
Shadow--Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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12jaypee34 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
tailsXgames Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
im having a pain in the ss with that shell thing wuont work ;-;
odssa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
This is awesome.. You really did a good there ever..thanks a lot for posting here.. :)
zKappa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Link on "The Universal Themer Patcher" is not working.
Picklebug4 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Your skins are amazing, did not realize till now I forgot to favorite Placebo after like 2 years of using it.
gizmundo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
I can agree. The best theme collection available fro Windows  
RyanCordell-ARKAI Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
The only dark theme I have ever seen that actually makes My Properties and other such windows actually readable! Frigging props, man. I was looking for this kind of stuff for years.
saadlicko Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Best Theme! Thx guys))
Ananchel27 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It doesn't have the Explorer.exe file which is leaving me wondering if I should go on with the process or not...
TakoriLee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
RogerTheeAlien Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Instructions incomplete and Step 6 pertains to files that are not included with the theme.
iTzBrillianTFX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
most popular theme I guess ^^
abakaboola Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Any custopack tools version of this available?
Drahoslav7 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this theme. Is it also available for Windows 10?
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ok so I am using Cold Light but in my firefox I get tooltips that are just a black box, I am assuming with a black text, but all I see if black..., I tried those user styles just in case but didn't work..I really like and want to use cold light, could you please help me? I can send screenshots or whatever you need... thank you
monster-cave Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2015
Nevermind, issue resolved itself by re-activating..
Skatelate Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
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