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 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Win10 Creators Update and Games link fix

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:08 pm 

Replies: 15
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fonpaolo, unless I'm thinking of someone else, I thought you were a Win7 kind of person, never a Win10er?

Il nostro overlord Microsoft :lol:

If you have really given in and sacrificed yourself over to Win 10, and still like the old games,
Use Winaero Tweaker to put them back.

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Win10 Creators Update and Games link fix

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:33 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 2797


Hi dfm0 about the <No Text> Games link missing on Windows 10 1803 update release. Whichever way works best for your setup, and using the "Customize Start Menu" to set up a link. Your way in the other post is the easiest & best way to show the Windows7 games, as long as Microsoft didn't...

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Win10 Creators Update and Games link fix

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:21 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2797


Obviously Microsoft does not want users to use older programs, only to use their "Apps" instead.
Probably in time https://www.howtogeek.com/t/windows/
will come up with a simpler solution for everyone on Windows 10 Spring update,
as they have done before. :)

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Win10 Creators Update and Games link fix

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 3:41 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2797


I have now upgraded regular way to the Win 10 Spring Creators May update: Desktop says Build 17134,rs4_release,180410-1804 CSM appears to work. The only new problem I encountered so far is my Classic Shell Menu "Games" link is now killed off. These are old Win7 games like Solitaire, Halo e...

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Win10 Creators Update and Games link fix

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:34 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2797


JohnBurns updated his post a few days ago. He updated to OS Build 17134.1 http://classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8433&p=35759#p35759 My post is almost a month old. I'm still going to wait for the official normal update, just in case. Now coming the merry month of May, you say. OK.

 Forum: Classic IE   Topic: Throbber for internet explorer request

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:41 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 944


Throbbers. So that's what they are called.


Splitwirez did something like that and made it into an animated start button:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=5801&p=35765#p35765

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Windows XP Beta Flag Animation Start Button

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:39 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 7858


Here is a slightly better transparent version. It's difficult because of 4 or 5 pixels on each frame, that would need to be edited, and that's a lot of frames. :lol: I pass.

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: DARKMATTER:SUBSPACE port [7 style]

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:03 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 1018


DARKMATTER-SUBSPACE Revived [7 style] opaque for CSM 4.3.0 Exactly for 96dpi/100%, 120dpi/125%, 144dpi/150% sizes. This is a ported start menu from a theme by Hyperdesk "The Skins Factory". Only the black version, not the alloy one. I never knew about this until somebody tried and failed t...

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Classic Start Menu without CShell Explorer and CShell IE

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:34 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1420


Is the OS build 17133.73 the one that is not going to be released, until MS fixes some kind of blocking bug, and who knows what else? I don't have Spring Update yet, but I notice Classic Shell erosion started back with the old Fall Creators update. I used to always use the Classic Shell context menu...

 Forum: Chitchat   Topic: Want to know abou classic shell 4.0

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:34 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 494


Release info for 4.0

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1343

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:07 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


If you want a tighter top-bottom frame crop, ( to be more centered)
here are cropped images with the new setting for large taskbar.
Now say "Tight Top Bot Crop" three times. :lol:

This is my last post in this thread. Gidday.

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:46 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


Sorry blingblow, I didn't even notice your post up there until now.
Well using info from fonpaolo to make transparent, I made the one from Jcee as well as the color boosted one from ritwyk.


You know if all you want is just 4 colored circles,
just draw them, blur them, done.

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:43 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


Hi, fonpaolo. AS Jcee and I have found out, even moving a user picture has restrictions as to which style is used. The biggest problem is the menu can't be locked down to a preset size. Ivo did put in provisions for some size settings in Win 7 style. Still, the menu is always going to stretch. Emble...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:03 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


fonpaolo Some people have complained that they want to use the start menu, by hovering over the visible image to open the start menu, as well as hover over a true zero transparent pixel at the corner to get to the special Winx menu(gather mostly power users). On a regular three state start button, p...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:30 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


That transparency image is very good,
because there is no black boundary, the size can be increased to make it look better,
and see the shimmering at the end.

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:09 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


Oh, I think I know what you mean. Well, if anyone wants dual access to the Winx context menu on Win 10 and Classic Shell start menu, they will have to make the corner pixel 0/255 alpha on at least a few of the frames. Hey, speaking of Rainmeter and Classic shell start menus, do you think you will ev...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:21 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


Once again thank you fonpaolo. Now I'm sure black/clear versions are more than enough for blingblow/others to personalize it more. Like enlarging certain frames, turn off blending, turn off no reverse, chop out dead frames, changing starting/hover/pressed states, and on and on. There are free online...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:19 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


To help out a little bit more blingblow, here is another sample that you can play with. Animated this time. You would need to read how to adjust the tiny top line of pixels in the image to make it have a different speed, starting/ending frame, etc: http://www.classicshell.net/tutorials/buttontutoria...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:27 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


Hi fonpaolo

I knew a graphics artist like you would know how to do it.
Thanks for the info. I will let other people try it.

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:52 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


I tried to remove the black background from your image, but don't know how to do it. I'm not savvy on image editors. The only way I know is merging with luminosity to get the alpha channel like the two images. The second image has alpha channel copied over onto itself to boost alpha amount. It looks...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:52 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


I looked into the Win 7 boot animation a little further. On Deviantart, lots of people have modified their Win 7 boot logos: https://allisonittech.deviantart.com/favourites/61434936/windows-7-boot-logos Of course, they would have to be converted to Classic shell start button format. I also found the...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Searching for this icon

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:15 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 2814


Is it this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m1OeK7ZJIs

If so, pause video and read the instructions from SL2SL2

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: test classic sheell 4.31 restone4

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:05 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 1063


:P :P Yahoo! Good news. That's a relief. :P :P

I was tempted to download the ESD files, then figured just wait a week for normal download.

Thankyou largo

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Darkstar Revived [7 style]

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:08 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1881


At some point I had tried with a red square line around pressed regular shutdown button, then gave up on it. The taskbar buttons follow design with the red underline, see original XP picture. I could make the shutdown text and arrow turn red like taskbar button? I just noticed a snafu on regular shu...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Darkstar Revived [7 style]

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:42 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 1881


I was thinking of centering the regular shutdown button, but remembered how wide the second column gets in German, Russian languages. The shutdown button won't have any space to go, and just pushes menu wider. When I was remaking the shutdown icon buttons, I figured to reuse into a normal button. Th...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Nightstar [7 style opaque]

 Post subject: Nightstar [7 style opaque]
Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:11 am 

Replies: 0
Views: 966


Nightstar [7style opaque] Use with CSM 4.3.0 Made for Win 10. After porting over Alienware Darkstar menu skin: http://classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=8406 I noticed there is a near black log-off window box image in the file. Figured I'll make a simplified black menu version skin from...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Darkstar Revived [7 style]

 Post subject: Darkstar Revived [7 style]
Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:02 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 1881


Darkstar Revived [7 style opaque only] for CSM 4.3.0 100%/96dpi, 125%/120dpi, 150%/144dpi menu display size. Menu skin only, not a theme. Menu skin is only good as a stand-alone, without using WindowBlinds theme. See at bottom for more details about the incompatibility of WindowBlinds. The start but...

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: Win10 Creators Update and Games link fix

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:13 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 2797


Hi. Does anyone have the new Windows 10 Spring Creators Update installed yet, and does it crash Classic Shell menu? I read somewhere their Win 10 taskbar/menu has acrylic changes to it. Could that screw up CSM operations? I want to make a ported Alienware menu skin, but don't want to do it if MS kil...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Here is my new cool start button design with a diagonal end

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:12 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 1556


Hi, to explain more. It's a little bit tricky because Classic Shell does not dynamically adjust the width of that section of the taskbar. The taskbar image is static. Everybody's desktop will be different and requires a different image size to fit whatever icons reside there. Here are two Win 10 tas...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: Here is my new cool start button design with a diagonal end

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:53 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 1556


That's kind of interesting.
Maybe Microsoft will see it, and incorporate into Win 10. :)
I quickly copied the top part of your button, flipped, added to it,
and put it at the other end of taskbar.
It's the wrong diagonal angle for my taskbar size, but still looks cool.
Thanks

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Googleized Opaque [7 style]

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:44 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1691


I'm one of those people. Depending on what mood I'm in, I can be very picky one day, or nonchalant the next day. :lol: I decided to put back in the wider separators, working on it right now. Looking at original Google image search again in a full window size, the horizontal black line butts up on le...

 Forum: Chitchat   Topic: Outlook Express

 Post subject: Re: Outlook Express
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:11 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 8312


Oh yeah, it can work now, with run it as administrator. Yes, Outlook Express was very fast to open, when I used in XP days. Yes, Outlook is totally full-blown, mostly for business. I used to use a web-based simpler Outlook in one job: https://owa.company name.ca/owa or https://outlook.live.com/owa O...

 Forum: Chitchat   Topic: Outlook Express

 Post subject: Re: Outlook Express
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:39 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 8312


I tried it on Win 10 1709. Didn't find any malware, just never opened. Had an OESys Tray window "Run-time error '75':" If you go to some thrift stores, like Salvation Army, they will sell used Office suite discs for 2 to 5 dollars. My last "eliminate waste/storage" employer would...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Googleized Opaque [7 style]

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:11 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1691


I guess dividers, you mean the horizontal separators butting up against the vertical? At the early stages, I copied everything over. See picture. I think I left some of the bitmaps in there somewhere. Pretty much everything got overwritten, so it would be hard to go back, and I never figured out how...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Googleized Opaque [7 style]

 Post subject: Googleized Opaque [7 style]
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:04 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1691


Googleized Opaque [7 style] for CSM 4.3.0 I borrowed the buttons, etc from the screenshot of Google image search. It's kind of dark. Might not be useful on some LCD displays, especially if the taskbar is at the top. The selector button could be difficult to see. I made the hover text color white to ...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Windows XP Royale Skin

 Post subject: Re: Windows XP Royale Skin
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:17 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 30673


Here is a different type of style, that is not a Windows theme.
It is a "Start Is Back plus" Styles made by Sagorpirbd.
You have to use Startisback:

http://www.startisback.com/#download-tab

https://sagorpirbd.deviantart.com/art/X ... -587254466

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Windows XP Royale Skin

 Post subject: Re: Windows XP Royale Skin
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:43 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 30673


I gather you are asking about a theme, not just classic two column/7 style start menu skin. As Microsoft is killing off parts of theming with each new Windows 10 update, I can see theme makers are having a hard time making themes work. Eventually, all a user will be able to change, is just the color...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: WIN7LIKE (Windows 7 style)

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:36 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 22047


I don't want to stray too far away on this skin, as it's supposed to be a replica of Win7.
I even have the original pin bitmaps for jump view on the white split option.
I did not add black text / black text & shadow.
I only added the shadow for the white text on glass. Sorry :)

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: WIN7LIKE (Windows 7 style)

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:36 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 22047


WIN7LIKE COMBO I put it in zip (big file)at top of post. It is the combination of " Full Glass WIN7LIKE" and "WIN7LIKE" skins. Was made for Windows 10, due to some options that use Metro colors. It still works on Windows 7 with CSM 4.3.0 as long as not set on Metro color options....

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: WIN7LIKE (Windows 7 style)

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:05 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 22047


"[Can you add reflection]" Kind of late, but I'm working on it now. It will not look exactly like Win7 shiny bars, but close enough. Will probably finish this weekend, unless I die shoveling snow. See the picture of what it looks like so far today. I'm adding all those bigger size picture ...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Premultiplied Alpha and not premultiplied images

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:58 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 2977


It makes the Vista taskbar on Classic Shell better looking
than using the unaltered one from MSstyles

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Premultiplied Alpha and not premultiplied images

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:20 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 2977


More about Premultiplied/Straight Blender software is ok to convert either Straight or premultiplied image. Just takes a bit of work. Today I found thoriumknight from 2011: https://thoriumknight.deviantart.com/art/Create-Aero-Compatible-PNGs-V2-262526394 has a great software converter, that is very ...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: Windows Vista Start Menu Skin

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:04 pm 

Replies: 74
Views: 51206


My first attempt at the Vista user picture frame was not good. Now, I found the correct one (with more transparency), in the Vista Windows files, but it was kind of jagged. I also found a smoothed out one by thoriumknight at Devient: https://thoriumknight.deviantart.com/art/Vista-User-Icon-Frames-15...

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: WIN 10 Start Menu Font

 Post subject: Re: WIN 10 Start Menu Font
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:48 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 689


Yep, tried that. Which led me to try a different test Those sneaky devils. I think I've come to the conclusion, that Microsoft has tweaked Clear Type text for their start menu separately. If I purposely set Clear Type for super fuzzy text, using the settings in Windows font folder, all the system fo...

 Forum: Classic Start Menu   Topic: WIN 10 Start Menu Font

 Post subject: WIN 10 Start Menu Font
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:22 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 689


Hi. Would anybody know which white font, Windows 10 start menu uses? I want to use same font/size in Classic Shell, because that font is easier to see. It looks different than regular system Segoe UI. It almost has a spikey pixel look to it. I tried Segoe UI Semibold, bold, different sizes. Still ca...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: No Frills Opaque [7 style white split]

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:47 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 1554


Hey Pipalou50. It's a bit like Vista search box. I wanted to have blur transparent option, but in order to have blur color on the first column, it makes blurry black text, because Clear Type gets turned off when Fullglass opacity applied, so I skipped it. After all these years we have been coming to...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: [animated] Atom Start Button

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:29 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 1999


Nice and smooth motion of 4 electrons. I think Beryllium.

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: No Frills Opaque [7 style white split]

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:10 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 1554


I stretched the search box at each end to match the first column, and put a minuscule bit of color on jump view. Edit: I now think I will have to add another option to have menu brighter, and brighter, until it's atomic bright, with black text, so it's like on the "Metro Variations", but h...

 Forum: Start Menu Skins   Topic: No Frills Opaque [7 style white split]

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:07 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1554


No Frills Opaque [7 style white split] Skin options are like this: No live singers at Starbucks, and no triple, venti, half sweet, non-fat, caramel macchiato drink. It's only like a plain coffee with cream. The skin has minimal options. I made it for Win 10, because somedays the glass color is too s...

 Forum: Start Buttons   Topic: XP Button Biggies

 Post subject: Re: XP Button Biggies
Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:21 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1709


When I attempted to make the biggest button from a screenshot, it didn't work too well. Original button went too flat looking, because of the way it stretched. I had to enlarge the template evenly, instead of a screenshot. Take a look at the screenshot of the original button at 500% display size. As...
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