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Maxclear V3.5 pack for Vista by sonicexcess Maxclear V3.5 pack for Vista by sonicexcess
Maxclear V3.5 theme created by Sonicexcess. Release date 05.09.2007

This is a 2nd update to my Maxclear V3 theme. I have made quite a lot more changes to this update from V3.1
and have also now changed a lot more within windows. Namely, back/forward buttons and also moving the
information bar to the top of the window to get the top shell look.
I have also created a brand new basic theme this time. I am immensely proud of my new basic theme and I am
planning at some point when I have time, to create an Aero theme based on it.
I hope people like this updated theme as much as I do and enjoy using it.


***In the Pack***

1. Theme/Visual style
2. Back/Forward Buttons for Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer
3. 10 different colour shellstyles to choose from
4. shell32.dll to change information bar in explorer to the top for Top Shellstyle
5. Sidebar Skins
6. Uxtheme patch to enable Themes in Vista

Included are both the 32 and 64 bit files needed.
There is also 2 versions of the Visual style, the first with normal address bars, the second with V3.5 clear address bars.

Finally if you like my work then please leave me a nice comment on Deviantart.
If you would like to modify my work in any way and release the modified version, please
contact me first and credit me in your release as a lot of my time and effort has gone into creating this
and it would be nice to know people appreciate it.

Enjoy!
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666MG Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Hey i'm having an issue, or i don't know if its normal but, whatever, when having some windows open, the window and taskbar are not transparent, but when maximizing(LOL) any window, the window and the taskbar become transparent, so :P whats happening  
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runescapeandmaple Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, great theme.
Is there any way that I can get the taskbar to be a darker colour than the rest of the windows because I have it on double width (because I usually have lots of programs open) and autohide (to prevent it always taking up display space) but when I have open a white window (eg. a website) it makes the white text very difficult to read. Thanks.
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downpat2012 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Artist
i got it very fly but whats up with a flat thin taskbar like 7 or leopard or how do i patch or get a single taskbar ....viglance aint shhhhhh
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:iconlowcastillo:
lowcastillo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
pardon me sir, but why is't it only works (transparency effect) on full screen mode?(the windows,etc.) please help? thanks in advance.
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:iconquickywickyfreak:
quickywickyfreak Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
how to get the top shellstyle manually. I can't use the given shell32.dll as my audio stops working
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DARKRISER-1080 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Student General Artist
*Sigh* I wish I could use this theme fully, but everytime I use a custom shell32.dll, my system won't start. I take Ownership of it every time, and make a backup, but when I do, I have to use the command line to rename it back to it's original shell32.dll (I change the extension to .old for the backup).
The command line says the custom file doesn't even exist.

Any help? I love the theme, but that's the only thing that's missing.

Thanks!
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:iconkunal2045:
Kunal2045 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
how did you put the thing under the"organize, view etc.."? where the green stuffs are?
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Sonicfanatic4949 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
It just appears as my old theme...
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22thorn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Can you tell me which files need to be moved to the "Themes" folder in Windows

I've installed the uxtheme patch and I already use v3 but I can't work out what you need to copy to Resources to get it to work.

Thanks for your time and for making these awesome skins. :worship:
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009   Interface Designer
You need to extract the theme file from the rar archive and you will then see the .theme file and the folder which goes with it, just copy those to your resources folder and apply. Hope this helps
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22thorn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Thanks man - I've got it sorted now :highfive:
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missproblemchild Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Student Photographer
Hello, first of all I'd like to say that this is wonderful and I can't wait to use it! Also, i'd like you to disregard my other two posts on V3.1 (I think that's where they are) as I have 'un-done' those steps.

The only thing I am a little confused on here is where is the pack? x.x When I downloaded this file is came out as a .rar, is that correct? and how do I install this? Thank you sooo much for creating this awesome theme and for (hopefully) answering my question.
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009   Interface Designer
a .rar file is an archive file just like a .zip file. You can download a program called winrar to open it and then extract the contents
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HandsettBattery Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
this is my fav also, however a clear shell color would fit nice.
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009   Interface Designer
I always wanted that myself but unfortunately its not possible in vista
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:iconblack-nite:
black-nite Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
NOice! Downloaded =D
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:iconblack-nite:
black-nite Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Here's what it looks like, I think I might stick with this layout for quite awhile lol: [link]
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TetsuX Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
strange can't find it D:
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TetsuX Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Just wondering what gadgets are you using for the sidebar o.o like the urhm clock theme where'd you get that?
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008   Interface Designer
They are all from the gadget gallery. The clock is called 'simple date'
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KaioKold Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
I dont speak english very well , im from Brazil.

Your vs is the best !!!!!!!! can u do me a favor ?

Can you make de sidebar at control panel and system properties (the "green" bar) on black color ? will be perfect !!!

thanks anyway
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derpani Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
sry i a german i will install this skin, but i cant... can i have the tutorials in german pls... or can a german user help me pls... thx pani
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008   Interface Designer
schade, aber ich sprechen dont Deutsch, aber das ist am nächsten ich kann für den Uxtheme-Fleck kommen, um andere Themen zu ermöglichen.

INSTALLIEREN SIE-------1. Die Anmeldung als ein Benutzer mit Verwaltungsvorzügen - hat oder - bereiten Verwaltungsausweis (Kontrolle unter der Tastatur für einen Zettel). 2. Schiffen Sie zu %systemroot %\System32 3. Richtiger Klick uxtheme.dll und Klick-Eigenschaften. 4. Nehmen Sie Eigentumsrecht der Datei und nahen Dialoge. 5. Wiederholen Sie Schritte 3 und 4 für themeui.dll und shsvcs.dll 6. Richtiger Klick uxtheme.dll und Klick-Eigenschaften. 7. Geben Sie sich (oder Gruppe) Volle Kontrollerlaubnis und nahe Dialoge. 8. Wiederholen Sie Schritte 6 und 7 für themeui.dll und shsvcs.dll. 9. Benennen Sie uxtheme.dll zu uxtheme.old um. 10. Benennen Sie themeui.dll zu themeui.old um. 11. Benennen Sie shsvcs.dll zu shsvcs.old um. 12. Kopieren Sie geflickte Dateien in %systemroot %\System32 13. Neustart (Ja, das ist wirklich erforderlich) 14. Genießen Sie!---------------------------------------------------------[link] [link]








I used this to translate it from english to german, maybe you could try the same for the rest.

[link]
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:iconsderenzi:
sderenzi Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Can someone just tell me if this theme will work on Vista SP1 and whether there were any real changes to the skinning engine for SP1, jeez :P
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:iconsonicexcess:
sonicexcess Featured By Owner May 5, 2008   Interface Designer
The visual style will wrk on sp1 but the back/forward buttons will not.
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citybreakers Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
hey u can make one update centre like vista os x update centre so that we can get updates for ur theme and thx for this nice theme
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008   Interface Designer
If I ever do an update to maxclear then it will be on DA. Just add me as a friend and you will be notified if and when that happens.
There may be a maxclear V4 at some point but right now I am working on something different.
Thanks for the support.
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wizzkid14 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
I just reinstalled my graphics drivers they are up to date yes i have glass on the windows and start menu its just the taskbar that isnt glassy hmm screenshot if it helps [link]
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008   Interface Designer
Very strange, thats the basic theme taskbar you have. Is it only this theme that you have this problem with?

could you send me a copy of the msstyles file so I can have a look at it please?
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:iconwizzkid14:
wizzkid14 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
no it happens with every theme that i try so im guessing its one of my system files but heres the msstyles file [link]
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008   Interface Designer
The msstyles is fine and works for me. So I assume its a problem with your system too.
If you look around the internet long enough you will find a solution.
A site I would recommend you try is [link]
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:iconwizzkid14:
wizzkid14 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
ahh well im getting a new hard drive soon anyway so it will probably work on a new vista installation but by any chance do you know which system file the taskbar uses?
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008   Interface Designer
Its image 743 in the msstyles. I checked on the one you sent back to me and its how it should be. I seem to remember some time ago someone with the same problem and it was a program they were using that was causing it. So maybe you should try disabling any programs you have running one at a time until you figure out which one is doing it. Thats my best guess.
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wizzkid14 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
wonderful skin although when i apply it the taskbar doesnt appear transparent :( it doesnt appear transparent on any theme with a transparent taskbar and it is set to the aero style not the basic style is there some sort or trick to make it transparent?
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008   Interface Designer
No tricks at all.
Do you have glass on the windws or are they solid too?
The only thing I can think of right now is yur graphics drivers, are they up-to-date?
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sharpshark28 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Awesome skin! I'm using it now. :3
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:iconsonicexcess:
sonicexcess Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008   Interface Designer
Thanks very much!
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:iconjust-barely-breathin:
impressive work man =)
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:iconsonicexcess:
sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007   Interface Designer
Thankyou my good man!
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:iconjust-barely-breathin:
eyup fella, saw ya today. would have came to talk to ya but was waiting for a bus.. hows it going anyways ?
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fctenorio Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Congratulations Sonic, wonderful theme.
I agree with "rnneto", if we could have choice a original start button or similar, this feature will make a perfect theme.
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007   Interface Designer
If you all want I suppose I could adda 3rd visual style into the pack with an original start button.
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:iconfctenorio:
fctenorio Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
That´s a good solution.
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:iconsonicexcess:
sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007   Interface Designer
Ok over the weekend I'll put it together if I get time. Stay tuned.
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:iconrnneto:
rnneto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Hello!

Very very nice theme!!! I was looking for a theme like that for the last few weeks!

The one thing that i didn´t like is the black & white start button.

There is a version that keep the original start button?

Thanks a lot!

Ruy
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:iconsonicexcess:
sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007   Interface Designer
no but you can replace the start button yourself if you know how.
What start button would you like?
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:iconrnneto:
rnneto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
hey! the standard one.

I installed the Maxclear v3.2. It cames with the standard button - http:// [link]

=))
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sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007   Interface Designer
Thats not my theme. Dynacord ripped off my work and released it as his own. When he got found out he quickly deleted it from DA.
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ralph1975 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
Hello Steve,
looks good :-) nice work...

Have added this to :+fav:
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:iconsonicexcess:
sonicexcess Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   Interface Designer
Thanks for the fave and your continued support, its really appreciated :)
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