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Vista Hex-Editing Tutorial 0.7 by UkIntel Vista Hex-Editing Tutorial 0.7 by UkIntel

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Vista Hex-Edit Tutorial - For Windows VISTA

This is a "How to" guide and a list of some Useful changes you can make to Vista Visual Styles and Themes.

The tutorial is in PDF format and you will require a PDF Reader. Download a Free Reader from this [link]

Tutorial 0.7 contains Information for Editing the following

- Desktop Background
- Windows Title Bar Text Colour
- Max TitleBar Text Colour
- Max TitleBar Text Glow
- Max TitleBar Text Opacity
- TaskBar Height
- TaskBar Text Colour
- Clock Text Colour
- Grouped Windows Tab and List Text Colour
- Start Menu Text Colour
- Start Menu Margins (Top Border Width)
- Start Menu All Programs List Background Colour
- Buttons Text Colour
- Search Bar Text Colour
- Address Bar in Browser Text Colour
- Address Bar in Internet Explorer Text Colour
- Selected Item Highlight and Text Colour
- Tool Tip Information Popup Text Colour
- Hyperlink Text Colour
- Navigation Pane Text Colour
- Nav Pane in Control Panel Text Colour
- Nav Pane in Control Panel Gradient Colour
- Application Background Colour
- Copy/Delete Prompt & Progress Background Colour
- List Background Colour
- List Text Colour
- Basic Windows Media Player Background Colour
- Basic Window (Bottom Frame) for rounded Corners
- Windows Border Padding (Frame Width)
- Toolbar Text Colour
- Windows Mail Toolbar Text Colour
- Internet Explorer Toolbar & Tab Text Colour
- Folder Band Toolbar Text Colour
- FolderBand Ext. Menu List Background Colour
- FolderBand Auto-Hide
- Info Bar Text Colour
- Windows Text Colour
- Windows Headings & Sub-Headings Text Colour
- Prompt Text Colour (copy/delete/move/exit without save)
- Navigation Pane Heading Title Text Colour (Folders)
- Balloon Tip (Notification) Title Text Colour
- Start menu Margins (Compact Start Menu)

Last Updated: 12/08/07
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ssss005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
But how can I change Background color of navigation pane (which is by default white)?
ssss005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt..................... I searched it for a long time on the web and finally got. Thank you veryyyyyyy much............
imVad Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Will it work with Seven?
Kaizokupuffball Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
I think i love you. No homo.
rdwray Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
The addresses for Vista and Win7 seem to be different. I have Win7 build 7600 SP1, does the addresses exist for this version? thanks...
Daruny Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Very detailed, just the way I like it.
gol7fie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
XP7O Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009

This is very useful but can u make this tutorial for windows 7? The adresses codes aren't the same =[
tonev Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Will this work on windows 7 ?
Jonardo-da-invinci Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
always wanted to make my own visual style. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!
pongster Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
great tut! i was hoping to get some advice... in windows vista or 7, how do I change the navigation pane background color? This tut contains how to change the text color, but I'd like to try and change the background...

In vista style builder, I think this is found in:
Windows 7 > Explorer & Shell > Explorer > Items View (FILLCOLOR:COLOR)

Simieski Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Will this work on Windows 7? Max title bar font colour being black is driving me insane!!
chrisnextdoor Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009   Photographer
the best tutorial for this on the internet :) Thank you!
maxxfree Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Excelent work dude! Very useful. But something is really missing for me. I need your advice how to change background color of preview pane in vista.

Thank you very much if you can help me with this
armanor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
thanky you!!
Slater91 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Thank you very much. A useful guide indeed. :+fav:
SalvoG92 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
NielsHakMusic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Artist
WoHOO! This is great! really usefull... But does somebody know how to change the background color of the windows? (where the content is displayed)
sahwar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This surely is a great reference for hex-editing Vista! :+fav:
charleston2378 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I can't find the address using go to tool i search like that .... 0x29600... and I never find address what i do wrong ,I'm using xvi32 I have to change any format on hex editor ?
SidneyXda Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
where do i find the color codes? im stuck on the part where it says add 'Overwrite with your color code' for changing the Nav control panel gradient color (page 2.5 . hex editing Tutorial 0_7). My aim is to change the color of the Left hand strip of the control panel in Vista
I dont know what keys/numbers to add in the hex editor ..i wanted to know how to add the color black , is there specific codes ..where can i find codes on colors?
thanks! and great job on the tut ..hopefully i will get there lol
Satukoro Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
[link] should do it. its got all the hexidecimal (6 digit) codes.
Francesco-Panda Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
your hex editing tutorial helped me loads but i have a problem
i have used your recent mod in order to get a more detailed stream, but now when i try to change the text colour of my taskbar, it doesnt go to the right place, and if i try to change it and save, the .msstyle cannot load...
do the hex addresses change if i used the stream mod?
thanks for help
haOkepa Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Hi UkIntel, is it possible to change the text in the picture below to white? [link] Thanks for any help..
zhengbo0409 Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
dragonmastermokuba Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
how do you change the text color for non maximized (active and nonactive windows)? i tried the hex are in the guide and within 20 or so lines up/down but it didnt work. any help?
Satukoro Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
with restorator, i got it first try.
sebazvista Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
I'm a little puzzled by this tutorial. I opened the res file extracted from variant and when I search different addresses for items I want to modify, so far all of them don't exist in the file. I've tried different hex editor to no avail. Any help?
Ben-Shahab Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
i will try more..bricksx in the wall
chuckyrocks2007 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
cool i read your tutorial on winmatrix i was wondering do you now a free way to make xp visual styles
enterZ Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Xp style Builder From Stardock :) Enjy ^^
Mikabo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
Can you tell me? Is it realy somehow to do the "level up" button in Windows Vista Explorer? it is in XP windows explorer?
RaiderXXX Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
yea, the buttons are just images, so you can edit them to look like XP style
Mikabo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
No..I mean function-"level up"..
SilintNinjya Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
hey, i thought you might want to know that at the top of the window where it tells you the location of the folder your in is, it has each folder and then an arrow next to it...

if you click one of the folder names, it will take you to that folder. you can go 1 folder up or even 3 or 4 folders up if the folders all have short names. you can also use the drop down menus (the arrows) to jump around with out having to go into one of those "other folders."
RaiderXXX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Oh man, I know exaclty what you're talking about. This has bothered me since I first used vista, and it kills me so much that microsoft removed such an important function! Though the button is still there in some program dialogs.

I would love to know a way to place the parent directory button into vista's explorer window
Mikabo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007

Look at the programm - QT TabBar
In this programm "level up" function made by - "double click" on emty spase beside the folders in explorer..But there are a lot of needless function in programm to...
Maybe you can do something with thise..
It would be perfectly- one button-one function "level up"..- no more ))
Sorry for my eanglish..- Hello from Russia ;)
RaiderXXX Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Yea, I don't like the idea of double clicking empty space for the function. Most of the time, i have my folders in details view, so there's no empty space to click on.
Mikabo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
All are the same..It was very usefull function and button for me..((
And i think there must be the way to do it somehow..
RaiderXXX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
Great guide! Thanks a lot!

Do you by any chance know the address for the text glow on not maximized windows?
RaiderXXX Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
nvm, i found the glow in the stream image
MegaMechZX Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
ohhh interesting =D
aliaxx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
and how to align titlebar caption to center?
aliaxx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
How to remove Folder Band Toolbar text shadow?
innominato5090 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
how to save it????
Prelude6x6 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
This is great. Alot to use here!
patrickgs Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
Its Perfect! I can use many things for my VS "Mac for Vista".
ZEUSosX Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
DucTien Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Great Thanks !
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