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Glass for Vista WB by fediaFedia Glass for Vista WB by fediaFedia
GLASS FOR VISTA . BETA 1


INSTRUCTIONS (also can be found in the readme)

Make sure you have a ACTIVATED version of WindowBlinds 6.1 or newer which supports explorer backgrounds.

How to install properly:

1. COPY the "Glass for Vista" folder (the one with a bunch of images) to: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Stardock\WindowBlinds\ Open WindowBlinds Configuration and select Rebuild list from Skin options. (SkinStudio 6.3 has some sort of bug which doesn't allow to make wba packages)

2. In WindowBlinds configuration go to settings and advanced user settings - check the "I want to use Aero Window Frames but keep the rest of the skin" option.

3. Go to Look&Feel > Explorer Backgrounds, select from the backgrounds list a background called "Ice 1" or any other but NOT Skin Default.

4. Drag all sliders to the very left, especially opacacity.

5. Apply Changes.

Optional setting:

Go tp Settings > Change the look of app. Add c:\Windows\explorer.exe and set it to use Glass for Vista skin. Then you can apply Windows Aero skin to the rest of the system and only explorer will get skinned.

Known bugs:

The startmenu is still from diamond, will be replaced in the next betas.

The text is unreadable in some places - SkinStudio free doesn't seem to allow changing all system colors, so this bug is unresolvable...

Empty folders have a black background - looking for a way to fix this.

(NEW) Favorite links isn't transparent - limitation in WB.

Custom aero skins:

You can change your aero color of this skin and even use custom msstyles with this. All you need to do is replace aero.msstyles in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero with your custom VS. For example - rename nextlevel.msstyles to aero.msstyles and copy it to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero (make backups) then reapply the WB skin and you'll have nextlevel aero frames!

Note that the skin is created from Diamond (stardock allows to use diamond for making other skins) using portions of Aero Ultimate, it isn't 100% accurate to the vista default skin.

Totally XP incompatible, don't even bother trying


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:iconhamada-meedoo:
hamada-meedoo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
nice
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:icongazlan-sahmeiy:
Gazlan-Sahmeiy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Hug :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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:iconpacmanix:
PacManix Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Isn't it stupid? You buy WindowBlinds for Windows 8 where it renders itself completely useless because every skin looks crappy on that OS. You install Vista on another partition for fun, want to try it, but WindowBlinds 8 is incompatible with Vista (but with 7!). And you can't download the older version. Stardock retards...
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8000860 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Really?! I'm installing Vista right now (cause tired of "7" and like "Vista" much more). But I was testing "8" a few days... and it totally pissed me off.

Therefore, I've came here to check cool looks for Vista... and, you tell us, that WindowsBlinds doesn't work for Vista?!
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:iconpacmanix:
PacManix Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, the new WindowBlinds 8 doesn't work on Vista anymore. It really goes on my nerves.
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:iconpradhunna:
Pradhunna Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You must have made for Xp too...[link]
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:icondarkowl85:
darkowl85 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
It's a lot of work, but looks fantastic when it's done. Thank you loads, you have definately earned this +fav.
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:iconjones2rude:
jones2rude Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
nice !!!!!!
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:icongaffel21:
Gaffel21 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Do you know a theme like this for seven?? it should be awesome =)
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Should be plenty on DA, just search glass theme
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:iconshiyamadhithya:
shiyamadhithya Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Hey where Can i Download Windows blind 6.1 And thank you bro for posting this wonderful thing
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:iconazahgal:
Azahgal Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
I tried that, and it is still there :(
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Messed up your system with some 3rd party software then :)
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:iconazahgal:
Azahgal Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
How do you hide/remove the "File Edit View etc" toolbar on your folders?Mine is stuck and it is preventing my folders from being completely transparent...
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Organize > Layout > Menubar
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:iconwhalum:
Whalum Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Thanks! works in Windows 7 Too!! Rocks!!! :headbang:
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:iconvnsharingfan:
vnsharingfan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I'm totally head over heels for this skin :"> Seriously, sometimes I wish DA can have more than just one favourite button <3 Haha <3
Thanks a lot. You're amazing! <3
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:iconim-the-cat:
im-the-cat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Hello! First of all, I need to congratulate you for this amazing feature you created and I thank you very much for sharing it. I installed it, it is lovely, but I do have a little problem that annoys me. I use vista ultimate and I changed the aero color to 'frost' and made it as transparent as possible according to my desire. Everything is just fine, until I change a random setting (not related to the skin), or open firefox, or simply restart my computer and everything that was transparent turns black and changes to aero color 'black' and the level of transparency low. I may be doing something wrong, or maybe I misunderstood something, I don't know. Please tell me if I am doing something wrong or do I need to reinstall everything.

Thank you.
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:iconmatariel29dic2010:
Matariel29dic2010 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
google say "i do not know" y i'm say "no que yo sepa".
as you can see in the image can be read subtiulos video through a window, which with the visual styles + fullglass or blackglass no such clarity.
of course it is vital dwm.exe, union udm.dll with your skin to achieve this. if not replace these 2 files, he would be the diagonal lines as shown on your original image to publish your skin
so please consider to update your skin and remove that horrible orb, try to do it myself but I am a moron. finally there is 1 skins that make you competition called "naked"for XP or Vista, do not remember the exact name, who also works for Windows 7, even attempt to merge these two skins but it did slow the pc.
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Nope, the orb is great, I'm not gonna remove it.
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:iconmatariel29dic2010:
Matariel29dic2010 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Saludos!
compatible with windows 7 x 64
requirements:
1)visual style unclutter by adrimai (optional) replace aero not apply. you find you here da
2)bottom shell (windows default) topshell DONT' WORK
3) replace files udm.dll and dmw in system32, search in sevenforums

do not know if this is allowed links but, the image that validates what I've written
[link]
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
is this achieved without windowblinds?
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:iconjacob111111:
jacob111111 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
compatible in windows vista home premium?
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
yes
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:iconrenkitzo:
renkitzo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
nice
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:iconrenkitzo:
renkitzo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
this is nice
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:iconigo-is-great:
igo-is-great Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
can this run in home basic?:D
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
no
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:icontechnic-squad:
Technic-Squad Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Workable with Windows 7?
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
no
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:iconscoubi7:
Scoubi7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Or is it possible for me to change only the startmenu in your pack ? Thanks...
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:iconscoubi7:
Scoubi7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I'm only interested to have the background of the windows in glass mode, could you explain me how to do it? Thanks...
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:iconscoubi7:
Scoubi7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Thanks a lot for this amazing "Glass for Vista" !!!

The new beta version or the final version is planned for when?
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:iconlovemoroc:
lovemoroc Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
i wish i new how to dod this but i dont know dum
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:iconicebabee:
icebabee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Very nice concept.....I have been looking for an all glass WB theme! Can you do one in Black tinted glass? Keep up the good work.
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:iconragnarok19:
ragnarok19 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Hey dude!!!, thanx for this, I enjoyed it a lot with Vista but now i have windows 7, you think it's possible to create a port for W7 please tell me you're gonna do it, it would be awesome, however thanks you're my favorite theme developer.
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
It works on 7, kind of, but due to bugs in windowblinds 7 i cant complete the theme.
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:iconragnarok19:
ragnarok19 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
hmmm, but is it necessary to do it with window blinds? i meant to do a port like you did with the nextLevel theme(by the way its my current theme,thanx for it)and not a theme applied through WB, sorry for so many questions but, I do not know much about the subject.
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
it works only with WB
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:iconlezaar:
LeZaar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009   Interface Designer
with wb 7 on windows 7 all things missing to make it perfect on vista should be possible. will you continue this one for 7?
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:iconalexloveiii:
alexloveiii Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
i went through all the steps bu i keep getting this messege when i try opening the glass stuff
c:\User\Public\Documents\Stardock\Glass_for_vista_WB_by_fediaFedia.zip: The archive is either unknown format or damaged.............how can i fix this so that it would work?


thanks,
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Probably got corrupted, just redownload again
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:iconalexloveiii:
alexloveiii Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
ok thanx
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:iconjacwilliams666:
jacwilliams666 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
sorry to b a pain but how do you make Windows Vista Visual Styles? i really want to make a Resident Evil 4 one as it is my Favorite game.
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
SkinStudio
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:iconjacwilliams666:
jacwilliams666 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
thanx
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:iconbrvnbld:
brvnbld Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
hey....have you made this work in windows 7 and that too without the windows blinds pl...?...i just cant forget this skin....pl dudes...someone make it available in visual style tat also works with windows 7..
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
AFAIK its not possible
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:iconpacmani:
PacMani Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Still working on the start menu? :D
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:iconfediafedia:
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
WindowBlinds sucks
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