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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 pro
       19 Jun 2015 #1

    How would one edit explorer.exe to display backgrounds win 10


    Ok hello people i'm trying to is make a full 3rd person theme for win 10 i got a win 8 theme and with a lot of messing around i got some of the anime stuff to show up
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    but i cant get explorer to display background witch i really want to do as im creating my own full theme but getting it to work on windows 10 is hard due to the fact explorer.exe is quite a big file and im not sure how people have patched it in the past but trying to get it to display this

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    want to be one of the first to fully theme 10 just not sure what to do to explorer.exe to get it to do it

    thanks in advance elfenliedtopfan5
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 369
    Windows 10
       28 Jun 2015 #2

    why are you trying to alter the executable instead of just swapping out the tempfile?

    That being said, just do it through the commandline. here's an example BAT

    Code:
    @echo off
    reg add "HKCU\control panel\desktop" /v wallpaper /t REG_SZ /d "" /f 
    reg add "HKCU\control panel\desktop" /v wallpaper /t REG_SZ /d "C:\[LOCATION OF WALLPAPER HERE]" /f 
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General" /v WallpaperStyle /f
    reg add "HKCU\control panel\desktop" /v WallpaperStyle /t REG_SZ /d 2 /f
    RUNDLL32.EXE user32.dll,UpdatePerUserSystemParameters 
    exit
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  3. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Jun 2015 #3

    FuturDreamz said: View Post
    why are you trying to alter the executable instead of just swapping out the tempfile?
    He's not talking about the desktop wallpaper. He's talking about backgrounds in the File Explorer windows.
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 369
    Windows 10
       28 Jun 2015 #4

    Mystere said: View Post
    He's not talking about the desktop wallpaper. He's talking about backgrounds in the File Explorer windows.
    Ah. I think you used to be able to do that in XP's explorer settings, not sure if you can still or not.
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  5.    29 Jun 2015 #5

    Long ago, I used to hack into Windows 3.1-WFW3.11's command.com via Norton DiskEditor to alter some of its "display comments." The success is in staying within the byte-count allocated to each "comment." I'm not sure if present-day disk cluster/sector editors can pull that off successfully within explorer.exe -- make sure you have restorable OS images before trying same.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,586
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       29 Jun 2015 #6

    A downside to editing the Windows operating system files is that the license agreement the user has to accept during installation may prevent changing the software, could be flat-out illegal.
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  7. Joined : Nov 2014
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 x64
       29 Jun 2015 #7

    Berton said: View Post
    A downside to editing the Windows operating system files is that the license agreement the user has to accept during installation may prevent changing the software, could be flat-out illegal.


    I guess that would make myself and the hundreds of thousands of people that run and make custom Windows themes criminals then ??

    On the serious side, you used to be able to do it with third party software up until and including Windows Vista, after that MS changed the code and to the best of my knowledge I haven't seen anyone be able to do it after that.
    Last edited by edee; 29 Jun 2015 at 10:55.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1
       09 Jul 2015 #8

    As I remember in Windows XP you need to go to the hidden file for each folder it would be a desktop.ini file which you open with notebook and make a referce to a background picture of a specific color. I did this on Win 8 but there is no clue as to what controls the background color. I did find this link that might help you:

    This is from somebody else:

    When I first loaded Win 8 this was driving me nuts, too.
    I like to set the background color of my windows to something other than white. It is much easier on the eyes.
    So I did a little digging in the registry.
    The settings are actually much nicer in Win 8 than in Win 7. I'm surprised no one has written a tool for this yet.
    In windows 7 the colors are located in a rather obscure registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Appearance\New Schemes\Current Settings SaveAll\Sizes\0
    from there the values are not named with user friendly names. It takes some experimenting to determine that Color #5 is the window background color.
    Fortunately, in Win 8 it is much simpler. The colors are stored in this key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
    and the values have nice user friendly names, so Window is the window background color and Window Text is the window text, etc.
    These are string values and the color format is decimal RGB values for the color you want in RRR GGG BBB.
    black = 0 0 0, white is 255 255 255, silver is 192 192 192 and what I use personally is 206 197 151.
    The change does not take effect immediately. You need to restart windows first.
    As always, when editing the registry directly you are on your own and should only do so if you are comfortable. I take no responsibility.
    Hope this helps others,

    Read the whole link here which gives even more info:

    Change Windows Background color in Windows 8

    Good luck tell us if it works----
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 41
    windows 10
       21 Jul 2015 #9

    MR864 728 said: View Post
    As I remember in Windows XP you need to go to the hidden file for each folder it would be a desktop.ini file which you open with notebook and make a referce to a background picture of a specific color. I did this on Win 8 but there is no clue as to what controls the background color. I did find this link that might help you:

    This is from somebody else:

    When I first loaded Win 8 this was driving me nuts, too.
    I like to set the background color of my windows to something other than white. It is much easier on the eyes.
    So I did a little digging in the registry.
    The settings are actually much nicer in Win 8 than in Win 7. I'm surprised no one has written a tool for this yet.
    In windows 7 the colors are located in a rather obscure registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Appearance\New Schemes\Current Settings SaveAll\Sizes\0
    from there the values are not named with user friendly names. It takes some experimenting to determine that Color #5 is the window background color.
    Fortunately, in Win 8 it is much simpler. The colors are stored in this key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
    and the values have nice user friendly names, so Window is the window background color and Window Text is the window text, etc.
    These are string values and the color format is decimal RGB values for the color you want in RRR GGG BBB.
    black = 0 0 0, white is 255 255 255, silver is 192 192 192 and what I use personally is 206 197 151.
    The change does not take effect immediately. You need to restart windows first.
    As always, when editing the registry directly you are on your own and should only do so if you are comfortable. I take no responsibility.
    Hope this helps others,

    Read the whole link here which gives even more info:

    Change Windows Background color in Windows 8

    Good luck tell us if it works----
    Yeah bro , I also not found any tool to change this hex values, I also do it manually , but as you said, I find the same options in windows 7 also in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
    I use windows 7 this theme http://aaron-a-arts.deviantart.com/a...ATED-317882595
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    I tried this hex value method in windows 10 but it does not give the desired theme. Especially the white background color in windows explorer , do not change to Grey. If you have any other method please post it in forum.
    (For windows 8 I used https://skinpacks.com/adobe-blue-lin...-for-win788-1/ but it also do not work in windows 10.
    I think windows should implement this feature natively for windows explorer to change its background.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    I don't have depression.
    Posts : 116
    Windows 10 Home Insider Preview
       25 Jul 2015 #10

    I'm afraid that is currently not possible. This feature has been removed as early as the previews of Windows 8. This would not be possible without some hardcoded hacks. In Windows 8.X its possible because of the complete UXtheme engine, that is yet to get completed in terms of Windows 10. You can compare it to sauriks Cydia and Winterboard. In pre-iOS7 it was possible to change the looks of almost anything in the system, but after iOS 7 got released with the recoded UX library, Winterboard had to be rewritten and till today, its still only possible to change the icons and other small details. Nothing major. Good luck with the theme! Looks amazing!
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