Vista Theme – The Emerald Forest

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Vista Theme - The Emerald Forest

Author: dynacord
Author’s Notes: Ready to hike a trail? Take a ride through “The Emerald Forest”…

For Windows Vista SP1

—The Stuff—
New Explorer.exe which changes the userpic and power off buttons to match my theme
C:\Windows\explorer.exe

New IeFrame.dll will change color of tabs and new back & forth buttons.
C:\Windows\System32\Ieframe.dll

New Browseui.dll will change the back & forth buttons to match IeFrame.dll.
C:\Windows\System32\browseui.dll

And lastly drag theme files into c:\windows\resources\themes.

All these files must be replaced from your current files for the complete effect. Follow procedures included in this pack. Be careful as they are system files and if not properly replaced it may cause your system not to start.

To the “newbies” I stress the fact, go slow and follow directions properly!

The instructions…

First of all, we as themers sometimes forget how difficult it was for us in the beginning to install these themes and change .dll files so that we may max out our visual style or theme experience. I realize how frustrating it must be when our PC does not start after we change any .dll or .exe file.

Below there is an explanation on how to step by step on what to do to install any theme with all the bells and whistles. These instructions, of course, are only for the Windows Vista SP1 Operating System.

First thing to do is disable UAC. Go into control Panel and click on Administrative Tools, then Local Security Policy, then choose Security Options, Scroll to User Account Control; Run all Administrators in Admin Approval mode double click it and disable UAC. This will now allow you to change anything on your Vista Operating system without OS informing you don’t have Admin privileges. You will still have to take ownership of files to rename and replace them.

In order to take ownership or rename any .dll or .exe files right click on any .dll or .exe file, Go into properties…Tab into security…Click Advanced, Tab into Owner, Click Edit, Highlight Administrators and apply, click yes when prompted…then exit out of properties all together, Right Click the .dll file again, Go into properties…Tab into security… then click edit, Highlight Administrators, Click allow full control and apply, click yes when prompted…and you’re done…Now all you have to do is replace old with new.

In order to do this… you must rename the old IE;
ieframe.dll as ieframe.dll. old and drag the included ieframe.dll in c:\Windows\System32\

Then Restart. You don’t have to restart, but it is the easiest way.

Secondly you must patch your system. You can either use Tune Up Utilities or patch it manually. I found that VistaGlazz has not been updated to work for SP1 yet. To patch it manually…

Here’s the link http://guimods.com/forum/windows_vista_customization/91-windows_vista_uxtheme_patcher.html

Just follow instructions stated in the link

Be Careful! Especially if you are replacing Explorer.exe, IeFrame.dll or Brouwseui.dll on account any of these will, if not properly renamed or replaced, might cause your PC not to work properly or start at all. SO I WOULD CHANGE ALL FILES VERY SLOWLY and carefully and follow instructions so that no issues arise.

But if in case something does go wrong, a system restore will do the trick, if it does not… Use your Windows Vista installation disk… You must reboot with Windows Vista Installation CD in drive and boot with CD when prompted. You will have to choose repair your PC and it will prompt you to choose method, choose System Restore. Now you will be able to restore with no problems as disk will have necessary files that you may have deleted or changed and is not allowing you to restore without disk.

Then all you have to do is try again. Have fun!

~dynacord

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48 thoughts on “Vista Theme – The Emerald Forest”

  1. it websit very useful to us because its provide a free thems thank you

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  2. The style was absolutley awsome! Great job dude. The only thing that didnt work for me was the Internet buttons (back & forward)

    but i’m using firefox most so it doesnt really matter… THANK YOU!

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  3. and yea… what about the cool wallpaper? any download link?

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  4. when i follow all of the instructions here exactly ( including patching the uxtheme.dll, shsvcs.dll, and themeui.dll from the link you provided) i get an error that says ordinal 874 is missing from shell32.dll (something like that)

    what is ordinal 874?

    also on the link that you gave for uxtheme there was someone else who mentioned problems with shell32.dll but i followed the instructions provided there as well and it still dont work

    i am also very interested in the wallpaper

    i thought i came with the theme (thats why i downloaded it)

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  5. aghh (i found the link to the wallpaper, awesome)

    but i still get the ordinal 874 thing hapening

    please help

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  6. i traced the problem i am having to the explorer.exe that you provided above

    i have the uxtheme and all the others installed now and it works, therefore it has to be the explorer.exe

    what can i do to fix this ordinal 874 problem?

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  7. hey man the theme look atractive but bro i hav no
    idea how to install it
    if u get time jus send me the direction on tekriwalar@yahoo.com
    i know u hav already wrote instrutions but they are realkly hard to follow

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  8. hey!!!i can’t install this theme!!my windows vista is in german u know and i can’t find some things from the instruction…next problem is that I can’t change “rights” because I ain’t got enough “rights” ^^ can you help me???

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  9. haha i figured out what my previous problem was (i feel stupid now) but i forgot to install service pack 1 first

    all works awesome now! i enen used the imageres.dll from dynacords grey theme so now i have awesome login screen too…

    guys i notice alot of you are talking about how it wont let you change ownership of the files, this is because you have to turn off UAC (User Account Control) first

    easiest way to turn off UAC is to go to the start menu, then click on your user picture at the top (now the link at the bottom should say “Turn off user account control”, click it then uncheck the box, you will need to restart)

    after you have taken onership of all of the files that are involved you can turn UAC back on, but i reccomend waiting untill after you have the files replaced and everything working incase anything goes wong you will have permission to fix it

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  10. also if you run into troubles you can get to a command line to put all the original files back like this

    if it dont work you will most likely end up at an all black screen after you log in

    just push ctrl-alt-delete then choose start task manager

    when task manager opens click help then choose “task manager help topics”

    now in the help topics window type cmd in the box, then click the link that says “open a command promp”

    (there probly is an easier way but i couldnt find it)

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  11. sry for the repeat posts but i cant edit

    anyway, how do i make my windows media player play button grey?

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  12. I have followed your directions step by step,and everything is done,but…
    where is the wallpaper?That’s the most primary thing I want,please help.

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  13. Shouldn’t there be a .theme file included?? I am fairly new to Vista but this is maddening – I have to go into colour and appearance and then click on the classic link at the bottom to get to the classic appearance window where I then choose a fake ‘Vista Aero’ theme (now I have two listed…one is the original…one is THIS theme!) out of two listed to get this theme to show. I replaced all files as described including the three described in the link. But I noticed there’s no actual .theme file for this theme and I the option to choose it doesn’t show in the non-classic Themes window for Vista. What am I missing, here? Am I seriously the only one who is having this issue? Did I miss the .theme file?

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  14. One more thing, there’s a great little program out there that will add a right-click menu item called ‘Take Ownership’. I know there are plenty of other ways to do it, but I prefer being able to simply right-click on a folder or file, etc, and being able to choose the option conveniently and graphically. In any case, here’s the link to it (I did NOT write it, but I have definitely found it extremely handy):

    http://forums.mydigitallife.info/showthread.php?t=852

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  15. im not rlly a technical guy at all and i dont know how to follow the instructions, iv downloaded the theme, but i dont know how to put it on :(
    any help?

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  16. @k

    Your no alone with this problem…I just spent half a day trying to figure out how to apply the theme and found out the following;

    > Your method of applying the theme is perfectly correct…I knw its annoying

    > Another method i used was to save the aero.theme file on my desktop, open it using NOTEPAD. Go to the [VisualStyles] line and change the path appropriately. You can use this file to chage other items too like the wallpaper, icons etc. But these can be chaged using menus too. Rename this file with your theme name (i.e. xxxxx.theme) and copy it back to the c:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder. Now you can see the theme in the ‘Themes’ section

    > I realized these themes only change the Taskbar, window, buttons etc… THe wallpapers, cursors etc. have to be downloaded seperately and custom changed. This cool wallpaper is only for display purposes

    I hope most people will find this useful. If anything isnt right here pls correct me.

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  17. to K and all you others that are wondering why there is no .theme

    you need to download a program called “desk hack v1.1″

    im not sure what the original download link is
    (i originally found that i had to use the program somewhere in the comments for this theme on the deviant art website) but i cant seem to find it anymore

    here is a different rapidshare file i found that contains deskhack v1.1
    http://rs71.rapidshare.com/files/38441985/Names.rar

    just extract and open the folder called “Names”
    then extract working theme names and open “working theme names”
    then go to app then to vista desk hack v1.1 (follow the readme)

    after installing desk hack you can just right click the desktop and go to personalize then to window color and appearance
    then open classic appearance properties
    and you should see the emerald theme (just pick it)

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  18. hi,

    i just installed ur theme, but i don’t get the background.

    Is that normal?

    I’m not a US user but a nl-NL user

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  19. hola tjwoosta, eh visto en este foro sobre un problema que tengo y creo o espero q tu ya lo solucionaste, ojala me ayudes, help me,
    mi explorador de windows tiene un error y no encuentra el ordinal 874 del shell32.dll

    explorador windows have an error y no encuentra el ordinal 874 del shell32.dll

    y no puedo ver mi escritorio, no funciona mi explorador de windows, solo puedo ejecutar algunos programas desde el administrador de tareas.

    no veo nada, ni la barra de tareas no

    ya volvi a registrar el shell32.dll y el browseui.dll tambien pero me sale erro de un punto que no encuentra.en la biblioteca de vinculos dinamicos.

    HELP ME, continue

    thanks all, how to fix my Shell32.dll and the ordinal del windows explorer that’s no funciona, no exec, no show …

    calin_sc@h

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  20. hi ,i’m fernando and i have the same problem with the shell32.dll and don’t found the ordinal 874 and i have the messege
    :The ordinal 874 could not be located in the dynamic link library SHELL32.dll” and then the screen goes black and a message shows “Windows Explorer has stopped working”

    how to begin the error ?
    then; this solution really fix it the problem ? when i’m to restore my files with VIZE
    hola espero se entienda mi contenido, en español tengo el mismo problema que explorador de windows deja de funcionar por que no localiza el ordinal
    874 de la biblioteca de vinculos dinamicos y shell32.dll en mi laptop (notebook)

    que pasa que no puedo ver mi escritorio, ni la barra de tareas, nada la pantalla esta negra, pero si puedo utilizar el administrador de tareas
    para ejecutar algunos programas y poder escribirte por internet en este foro, ok

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  21. i love this theme qand iam bvery thanks full to you

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  22. I can’t seem to make this work, i have done everything, but i can’t seem to see it at the themes selection, i did download deskhack v1.1, but it didnt do anything, i tried to edit the file, but jibbrish things came up on notepad…

    can anyone help me? just for the theme to show up…

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  23. and yeah, the readme on the deskhack doesn’t work, said it was corrupted or something

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  24. How do i make the bottom bar ( with the start button, all the windows open, and time/docked programs) transparent like in the preview? mine is a solid graphite grey color..

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  25. i really love the theme,
    but my vista is in dutch and i can’t find anything! can someone help me?

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  29. I like it sooo much, but i don’t get it completely.
    The knobs on the upper-right corner are seperated, in your image are they together…. Also the windows aren’t transparent. It is like the aero functionality is turned off. Any tips?

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  30. My question is every time I install a theme it never comes with the background. I get all the other goodies just not the background/wallpaper. And since that background fits so well with the theme.. I was wondering if you had a link or if it was possible for you to email it to me? It would be much appreciated.

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