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Borderlands theme for Windows 7

By yorgash
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Consider donating at Patreon! - My first patron can decide on a Rainmeter skin or Windows 7 theme for me to make next! (W8 / 8.1 / 10 ports are currently not guaranteed)

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A theme inspired by Borderlands for Windows 7.
This time a more detail rich and less simple theme.

Trying to get it ported on Windows 8 / 8.1.

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In the package you will find:
  • The visual style
  • Navigation icons - explorerframe.dll
  • Clock - timedate.cpl
  • Shell style - shell32.dll
  • Start orbs
  • Custom icon pack and template
  • Iconpackager pack
  • Wallpaper (might get changed later)


Planning to add:
  • Port to Windows 8 / 8.1
  • Alternate taskbars
  • Dock icons
  • Cursors
  • Rainmeter suite
  • Installer
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The theme is free to download!
The premium content is a way to support me / donate.

If you like my work and want to see more, or support the making you can
 donate via PayPal at yorgash@mailbox.hu.

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Installation guide (step by step):

IMPORTANT!
You must first patch your system in order to use custom Visual Styles.
To do so download and install UxStyle. If UxStyle doesn't work for you, UltraUXTheme Patcher or Universal Theme patcher will probably work.

This tutorial is great to get a hang of using 3rd party visual styles, though there 's also some excess information in it you might not need.

If for some reason your uxtheme.dll patch doesn't succeed (gives you the "classic shell" with only the color theme / cursors / wallpaper applied):

Download Universal Theme Patcher, restore the files it can restore, then reinstall UxStyle. If this doesn't help either, you can try running command prompt (as admin), and typing in

    sfc /scannow

to restore system files. It might take a little while more. Reinstall UxStyle. Then proceed to installing either manually, or using the 7TSP installer.

1.1. Installing the Visual Style manually (after UxStyle is installed):

- Extract the archive (28MB). Install the font from the Font folder first.

- Copy the contents of the Themes folder to your \Windows\Resources\themes folder.

- You can apply the them from the Personalize menu of Windows, or double-clicking the .theme file.

1.2. For the start orb:

Use Start Orb Changer v5 and the .png file inside the archive's \Start Orb folder

1.3. Changing system files:

Help on taking ownership of a file

Video help

Take ownership of the following files listed.

32-bit:
Windows\system32\timedate.cpl
Windows\system32\explorerframe.dll
Windows\system32\shell32.dll

64bit:
Windows\system32\timedate.cpl
Windows\system32\explorerframe.dll
Windows\sysWoW64\explorerframe.dll*
Windows\system32\shell32.dll

*: Optional. Only seen in rare cases (like browse... when saving a file).

- shell32.dll, timedate.cpl:
Rename the original shell32.dll to shell32_backup.dll, timedate.cpl to timedate_backup.cpl then simply copy my version over. Take care to copy the right version - x64 for 64 bit systems, x86 for 32 bit systems. Mishandling shell32.dll can lead to system hangs!

- explorerframe.cpl:
For 32bit systems, do the same as above just with \Windows\system32\explorerframe.dll.
For 64bit users, you will not only need to change the explorerframe.dll inside system32 folder, but also the one inside SysWoW64 folder!

2.1 Changing icons:

The icons are located inside the archive's "Icons" folder. You'll need the .ico format first and foremost (the .png format is for docks and stuff).

You can change the taskbar icons following this guide, or using Taskbar Items Pinner.

2.2 Explorer windows' icons

For the explorer windows, you can use Stardock's Iconpackager (5.00 is recommended instead of 5.10), and the iconpack inside the Icons\IP folder of the archive. Or you can just run IconPackager and build your own iconpack using the .ico files in above link.

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With any questions, requests, suggestions, feedback, or help contact me:

- Mail: yorgash@mailbox.hu
- Steam: yorgash
- Skype: yorgash

Or leave a note here.

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Borderlands and the Borderlands logo are registered trademarks of Gearbox Software, LLC in the U.S. and other countries.
Published:
© 2015 - 2020 yorgash
Comments38
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Syrdi's avatar
SyrdiHobbyist Artist
Great theme
Master Pice
THK for download
Rhalath's avatar
RhalathHobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome! Does it work with windows 10?
szatan667's avatar
Fantastic theme, really REALLY  like it. One flaw that I have noticed is START+R window that does not render correctly. Is that something in my setup or the theme needs a little touch up?
Thanks :)

imgur.com/a/WOPdSfT
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gmrnNOStudent General Artist
There seems to be a problem with areo, as when ever i enable the borderlands theme, it goes to windows classic. Help?
Also, it seems the system files are giving me a lot of problems replacing them. I can rename the original shell32, but cant move the new one into place, and time date just wont get renamed or replaced. And yes, I have taken ownership of them
Amotrax's avatar
You are my master for theming. Great work ! All my respect. I salute you!
yorgash's avatar
yorgashHobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you! 
nnq2603's avatar
:iconhopeplz: Highly skilled and have your own uniqueness in design. :thumbsup:
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FireBulletzHobbyist Traditional Artist
What is the name of the font and does it have greek alphabet support?
phoen1x74's avatar
Can't wait for windows 8 version.
Universe15's avatar
Universe15Hobbyist Writer
You should make an Assassin's Creed theme next!
XadarxBlack's avatar
What cursor should i use for this theme?
iamprovidence's avatar
iamprovidenceHobbyist Artist
I've enjoyed customizing my desktops for around 20 years. That said, this is one of the fantastically done UI's I've seen in quite some time. I wish I could use it but I wanted to pass the compliment along all the same.
yorgash's avatar
yorgashHobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, thanks a lot for that!
AGiLE-EaGLE1994's avatar
AGiLE-EaGLE1994Hobbyist General Artist
I like it c:
Taharon's avatar
TaharonHobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to see an 8.1 version for this.
pabstbr's avatar
Looks very good!  One small issue I find with it, the text on the right hand side of the start menu.  I don't know why that's the only area where the text looks bad but it's there.  There's drop shadows on the letters and it just comes out blurry.  Anyhow it's a small issue, looks very good in general.  Well done!
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I had to briefly change to Windows 7 Basic theme last night, and when I tried to change back to BL, everything's messed up. I've got the classic Windows taskbar instead of the 7 taskbar (so start button instead of orb), the window tops are no longer on theme, and if I try to switch to an Aero theme, the window backgrounds don't change back. Screenshot included.Screenshot
Seljen's avatar
What font is in use? Can't see that specified in the "Window and color Appearance"...Otherwise great/different
JohnStroke's avatar
I think you have the same problem, is "EurostileTMed" font.
punky723's avatar
sweeet ! it's so class !
kraytos's avatar
Wow...sweet
axeswy's avatar
May i say : DEAR GOD <3 THIS CRAZY AMAZING <3 
Markkoenig's avatar
OH MY GOD THIS IS SO HOT! I'm gonna play Borderlands again sometime and worship you for a few days.
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gakuran-parkaHobbyist Digital Artist
the Take Ownership option is not showing up for timedate.cpl 

also i'm lost here:
"- shell32.dll, timedate.cpl: 
Rename the original shell32.dll to shell32_backup.dll, timedate.cpl to timedate_backup.cpl then simply copy my version over. Take care to copy the right version - x64 for 64 bit systems, x86 for 32 bit systems. Mishandling shell32.dll can lead to system hangs!

- explorerframe.cpl:
For 64bit users, you will not only need to change the explorerframe.dll inside system32 folder, but also the one inside SysWoW64 folder!"

i don't know what do to. i'm confused. and copy the files where? sorry, this is my first rodeo :(
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