what is least complicated way to change default.theme for UA

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what is least complicated way to change default.theme for UA

Post by spinejam » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:23 pm

For example; have the vistaXP theme load at windows first boot.

Thank you for your time!

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Post by Kelsenellenelvian » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:33 pm

Save the theme as luna.theme, rename it to luna.the and compress it, wich gives you luna.th_.

Then simply overwrite the existing luna.th_ in your !386.

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Post by dumpydooby » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:26 pm

Or define it in winnt.sif.

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Post by amnesia » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:32 am

1. save .theme
2. rename to luna.the , compress to luna.th_
3. rename whatever .msstyles U using to
luna.mst , compress it to luna.ms_
4. overwrite them in i386.
when saving the theme U can use your preffered wallpaper and call
it bliss.jpg (bliss.jp_)
or use mine luna set, vista like
242 KB md5 85E12E0B62F2665CD63652E9F58502E9
http://rapidshare.de/files/17325316/Luna.rar.html

hope it helps
ps in winnt.sif

[Shell]
DefaultThemesOff = No

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Post by spinejam » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:59 pm

Worked perfectly! Thank you all!

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Post by Siginet » Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:02 pm

Or in an addon entrie*.ini file add this:

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[WINNTsif]
Shell\CustomDefaultThemeFile="%WinDir%\Resources\Themes\Royale.Theme"
It will add the specific code to your winnt.sif file. ;)
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Post by RaGhul » Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:53 pm

How do I compress the files? (ie, Luna.theme to LUNA.TH_)

I thought all I had to do was just rename it. It didn't work. :(

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Post by 5eraph » Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:20 pm

In order of personal preference, RaGhul:
  1. jdoe's CAB Tool (addon),
  2. jcarle's Compression Bin (addon), or
  3. at a command prompt:

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    MakeCab <filename>

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Post by RaGhul » Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:39 pm

Thx, guy!!

One more thing,
The msstyle I want to use doesn't have a theme file. Is this a big thing to just alter the Luna.theme file with Notepad? And what about the SHELL folder? Do I need that?

How was xmas with the tyke? (Off-topic, I know. :rolleyes: )

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Post by 5eraph » Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:18 pm

I've found that it's not too hard to edit an existing *.theme file if you have all of the fields you'll need in it. I use Shell folders to keep everything consistent, even if the original theme doesn't include one (like Zune). But keep in mind that the only experience I've currently had has been with my MS themes compilation addon. I could be wrong along these lines, but I doubt it. ;)

Christmas was good for the most part, minor arguments with the ex aside. :)

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Post by Zacam » Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:13 pm

"makecab CompressionType=LZX CompressionSize=21 <filename>.<ext>" is the actual command for an install cd file overwritting a pre-existing file, and for that matter, any compressed file going on to a windows install cd.

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Post by C0g » Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:19 pm

OK... this direct manipulation with cabs located in the install source is what interests me. No addons or winnt.sif scripts this time. In which cab or cabs are the shellstyle.dll files located so I can put my custom shellstyle.dll's instead of the normalcolor (blue), metalic and homestead (olive)? Any hint would be appriciated :)

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Post by ricktendo64 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:58 pm

Look in TXTSETUP.SIF to find the NAMES of the files you want to replace... For instance here is the blue shellstyle
blue_ss.dll = 1,,,,,,,69,0,0,shellstyle.dll
So look for BLUE_SS.DL_ in your i386 folder and simply overwrite it with the one you want
If you want to know where the blue_ss.dll will go look for what directory 69 Equals. In this case blue_ss.dll will get copied to 69 which is set as
69 = Resources\Themes\Luna\Shell\NormalColor
Also after windows copies blue_ss.dll to 69 it renames it to its original filename Shellstyle.dll

Here is the Luna.THEME file (Look for LUNA.TH_ in i386)
luna.the = 1,,,,,,,129,0,0,Luna.theme
You get the idea

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Post by C0g » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:25 pm

Thanks ricktendo64 :) I have not been playing with Windows install source that much, so this should be fun to try.

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Post by dougiefresh » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:29 am

Siginet wrote:Or in an addon entrie*.ini file add this:

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[WINNTsif]
Shell\CustomDefaultThemeFile="%WinDir%\Resources\Themes\Royale.Theme"
It will add the specific code to your winnt.sif file. ;)
Don't really want to replace the Luna scheme on the CD. Tried the above method. This crashes the Integrator on my machine. (Screenshot) Any ideas? :

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