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Carbon Aero by paradox31102 Carbon Aero by paradox31102
Zip contains: VS, 2 abstract walls, browseui,

2 versions of the shell: one with auto hide folderband and one without.

You need to extract one of the two version into the theme folder before you apply it.

also packed with the authide shell is a black explorer version of the theme for optional use (needs some work)

This is actually a remake of a theme i started over 7 months ago ([link]), after much debating of ideas and then a bios crash on my old machine Ive remade this from scratch. enjoy.
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:iconmcain93:
Mcain93 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
hey im new to this stuff, and ive want this as my theme for my laptop. i have downloaded the file from the link on the side but now i dont know what to do to make this my theme. anyone help me please ???
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Mcain93 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
im new to this and ive downloaded the file, but i dont know how to make this my theme for vista. please help ???
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:iconfulkdude:
fulkdude Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
windows 7 port please
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Kakwann Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Wow i don't know what was my problem but the them is all cool now may be restarting my computer was a good idea lol

Now just a constructive critic... the button in the top right corner are not well positionned the real buttons are a little bit beside. Other than that i just wanted to know is it possible to make the start menu larger by changing a variable or i dont know?
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Kakwann Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
i dont know what i didn't do but the start menu dont wanna change like the one on the picture its still the same white menu and the top menu bar still have the same button... plz i want this theme so much :)
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SlayrDemolition Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Can you share that wall? =p
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:iconladypenguin:
LadyPenguin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009   Digital Artist
i like this theme and wish more people would do carbon themes for vista
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:iconadecool:
Adecool Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
its alright apart from the start button. it would be good if you could actually see it instead of having to hover over it first.
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:iconxtragicfever:
Xtragicfever Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
I have another question. I installed your theme, but my Start menu is still the basic looking Vista that you get with the default version.

Was I supposed to move or add something to get this to work?
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:iconxtragicfever:
Xtragicfever Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Is there any way you can create this layout with a white background so when you click on My Documents you see a light gray or black background?
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:iconpukart:
PuKart Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
for Win7???
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
sorry vista.
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:iconcyanode:
Cyanode Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
great job!
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:iconthinroy:
thinroy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
hello and thank's for you work,

I have a little problem, cause I can't see the carbon part when I open a window ...

I have put the autohide shell in carbon folder >in the theme folder...after that I have personalization > windows color and appearance > open classic appearance for more color and apply carbon...this is what I get:
[link]

if you can help me...
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
i ran an update and now i cant even apply the theme. im not sure why because all my other themes work. it looks like an update has changed something related to the theme.

ill work on fixing it if i find time.
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:iconthinroy:
thinroy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
ok..it's working, in fact I have paste the old carbon shell in your new carbon folder ...or I have paste the old msstyle instead the new .msstyles (don't remeber, what I have done but it's one of these solution)but it's ok now.
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killaxterrasquad Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Hey dude, awesome job on theme, but i'm having a problem. first i feel like a complete noob, because i can't figure it out. Either way, i've patched my windows, and other skins with .theme work fine. Now when i try to install yours for some reason windows does not recognize your theme. I put the folder shell in, and the file carbon in. When i go to browse, it still won't work, and going to classic view won't even give me the option to select your theme. No crashes or anything, just won't work, any ideas.

Either way great job, it looks great from the ss
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
theres no .theme file, just the .msstyle so you will need to go to:
personalization > windows color and appearance > open classic appearance for more color options
to apply it
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:iconkillaxterrasquad:
killaxterrasquad Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
hmm... i do that but for some reason window says visual styles cannot be applied, all my .theme files work. I feel like an idiot, can't get it to work, thanks either way.
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leona225 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Working* my bad
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:iconleona225:
leona225 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
How do I get this to work? I put Carbon in he theme file with shell but not korking! Help
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
read the Artist's Comments section. You need to put one of the shell files that are also packaged in the zip (either auto hide folderband or normal) into the Carbon file.
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:iconleona225:
leona225 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
i did that already its still not working. how do i patch a file?
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
the only files that need patched for this to work are the uxtheme.dlls in the windows directory [link]

but if you dont have those patched the theme will not even show up when in the personalize settings. If i could take a guess at what is going on i would say you shell is not working and if you try to go to C\Windows\Resources\Themes explorer crashes. is that correct? If not could u be more specific about you problem?
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leona225 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
if i go to /Themes it doesnt crash. i can open up each file with in carbon and the shell file i put in the carbon. the problem i am having is that when i go to personalize then theme Carbon isnt in the drop down menu. if i click browse and click carbon in the theme file it just opens and shows me the files within it. You helped an person eailier in the comments and he/she showed u links of their desktop. i have it set up the same way.
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paradox31102 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
you're going to need to go here [link]

and download the patches for your version of windows (most likely vista SP1) and replace your systems dlls with those. there should be instructions on that website on how to do everything.
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leona225 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
Okay i went to the link and went to the vista part but how do i know which one to choose. or does it not matter. and sorry i cant seem to figure this out! I dont want to waste ur time or anything.
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
go to start menu and right-click Computer

choose properties

in the window you will see your windows edition.
its important to download the files for your specific version of windows (either sp1 or sp0 if you have service pack 1 installed or not and 32 or 16 bit)

to patch the files:

Navigate to %systemroot%\System32

take ownership of the three files using this [link]

Rename uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.old.
Rename themeui.dll to themeui.old.
Rename shsvcs.dll to shsvcs.old.

Copy new files into %systemroot%\System32

thats what patching a file is. your just switching the 3 old dll files with 3 new ones that are slightly modded to allow 3rd party themes.
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WataKKo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
How did you hide the start menu button? Can you prevent the system tray from stretching?
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
I just edited the png in the visual style and left the default mode of the button empty. I dont know what you mean about the system tray, the image doesnt stretch at all on mine.

If you mean can you keep it from expanding, then you can rightclick the taskbar and choose properties>notification area to choose what is shown and if it expands/collapses.
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:iconpathard:
Pathard Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Pretty neat! I like the feel it's got. Nice work.
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:iconunarmedcivilian:
unarmedcivilian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
u bet i am... is it not required or wat? cut out the sarcasm and help me out dude....
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
just copy the "Carbon" file into C/windows/resources/themes and then put one of the "shell" folders inside it
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unarmedcivilian Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
ya i did all that lemme show u some screens then maybe u can find out wat im doin wrong
[link]
[link]
[link]
see i m able to use the "Ultimate Dark" theme cos it has the .theme file but not ur style thats y im lost... so wat am i doin wrong here...
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
you need to go to personalization > windows color and appearance > open classic appearance for more color options

That shows every msstyle folder in the theme directory.
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:iconunarmedcivilian:
unarmedcivilian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
where is the .theme file? i cant find the fucking .theme file!!! show me the fucking .theme file
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:iconparadox31102:
paradox31102 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
are you serious?
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Also the sides of the window frames don't match he top and bottom and whatever you do please don't put an orb in this.
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:iconkalel90:
kalel90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Folderbands suck and don't match the rest of the theme and the minimize button is cut off a little and if u could i would love a 22px taskbar version but besides that the theme is awesomely epic.
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iPaYaMi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
hey guys, i need help installing this!, where do i place the files ? what do i do with them? please help thanks!
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:iconkoshinator:
Koshinator Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
You have updates lol... I can tell by the Shutdown Button
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:iconsidneyxda:
SidneyXda Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
I wish it could have a metallic or chrome microsoft orb, just silver and black . Basically the windows logo in Chrome..that would be really nice
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GiuKILLAH Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
yes i patched it now :D :D
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GiuKILLAH Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
@ andrzej-m: no how do i make it :S i dont know , im new sorry :S :S
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theDudz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Student Interface Designer
not bad, i just wish it was a little more transparent. But great work, i really like it!!
:w00t!:
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:iconjasmin986:
jasmin986 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
I'm using it right now. ;)
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:iconicd128:
ICD128 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
thats pretty hot, but emadtheman is right about the borders :P

im so getting this.
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andrzej-m Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
That's a pure awesomeness!
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GiuKILLAH Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
sry i´m not so good in english i cant understand what you mean :S i will activate this design 4 my pc
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paradox31102 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
have you patched your uxtheme.dll ?
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