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Aero Redux 0.9 by savouryspacemonkey Aero Redux 0.9 by savouryspacemonkey
Aero-Redux Version 0.9

3 Substyles with two start menus, both animated:


4061 Start Menu
4074 Vista-Style Start Menu

Also 3 separate Styler skins, with a variety of colour choices and Vista-Style address bar if preferred:
(all skins IE7-Compatible)

Hillel Concept Aero

*** A firefox and thunderbird skin, designed by someone very well-known, is due to be released at the end of the week. For anyone who desperately wants one, you can PM me for my own version, but it's not perfect, and requires some userChrome.css edits. Only PM me if you have a basic knowledge of Firefox and Thunderbird and their file structure.**

On the surface, this may seem like any Longhorn theme, but there is scarcely one Microsoft element used unedited, and all glass elements and main theme elements are redesigned from scratch.

Menus, Address Bar and Slider graphics to be replaced in 1.0. Current versions are taken from Percept. Version 1.0 will be released once bugs are ironed out and will include .PSD's of all theme elements and be released under a creative commons licence.

With thanks as always to all testers, and

To Stefanka, whose wonderful work on windows and mac, and sense of style provides a constant inspiration.

To Kol and Jemaho, whose beautiful skins and flawless implementation are something to be envied.
Jemaho's HilledSE is a truly beautiful skin, and a great interpretation of the Aero style, something to which I aspire.

To Microsoft's wonderful UI designers, whose concepts are as daring and elegant as any out there, but whose work is held back by the constraints of the end-product, in particular to Hillel Cooperman whose vision for Longhorn will hopefully one day be realised.

I am already aware that some windows spawn with their titlebars slightly offscreen. This is to allow a larger maximised window display and is deliberate behaviour.

All other bug reports can be posted at deviantArt or mailed to me at

N.B For a Vista-style shellstyle, copy Shellstyle.UIFile to C\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\Windowblinds\Redux
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anhnamcrken231 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
dafmat71 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow i really like the first( Diamond) substyle!!
I wish that you or someone do that for seven!! ;)
warrenized330 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
I would like to see you work out in some "glass"!
gx28ga Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
ntgladia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Just downloaded and installed to wb about five minutes....

Thanks for your great work.
barmin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Currently usint it! I like it so much!

BTW, what app is that you have on the sshots? The one with a calendar on the left sidebarbar and that nice toolbar?
acceptance1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
kick ass!!!! the Aero xp comunity is starting a project called retrophase whos perpus is to try to simulate longhorn on vista. i am going to start a secoundary project called xprotophase. requising prermission to include this in my cutomization pack if i give you full credit for this theme?
MacRobbo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
How did you get a taskbar shadow but when I install this I dont? other than that this is an awesome theme!
xHatsukoi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Lol stupid question on my part, anyways, awesome =D :+fav:
xHatsukoi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Awesome, so you're going for the longhorn look?
Koslab Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
*** A firefox and thunderbird skin, designed by someone very well-known, is due to be released at the end of the week. For anyone who desperately wants one, you can PM me for my own version, but it's not perfect, and requires some userChrome.css edits. Only PM me if you have a basic knowledge of Firefox and Thunderbird and their file structure.**

Its been a long time already, where are the firefox and thunderbird themes?
Without doubt, the best Vista skin I've ever seen.

That is so cool man...
vajlent Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Do this work on vista and WB6???
iconographie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional Writer
+faved because I have Vista, and this looks better than it.
alex3305 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Great theme, although I have only one issue. When I change my taskbar to be on the top of my screen, the Start-button doesn't rotate with the taskbar. This gives the start-button an odd-effect which I personally don't really like..
alex3305 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Hide this one and the above, I accidently posted it at the wrong deviation. sorry.
Jeffy-Kun Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This looks great
Fiome Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
Great job! so cool!
Enduran Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Well I'm new to theme mod's and have no clue how to install this can anyone spell it out for me? The read me should have it in it!!
falcoman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
mmmm.. it´s great naw!!!#???
Joshu4 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007   Interface Designer
Very nice work... I use this theme on one of my main pcs!
Torched7 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Nice! but is it for Vista or XP and is it for windowblinds or is it a visual style.
itoshii213 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
hi there, sorry i'm new here.....i like ur desktop theme. i'm not very sure how to apply the theme.
i'm using windows xp and i tried to use windowblinds to apply this theme. i downloaded the free version and it disabled the per pixel and the software last only 60 days. will the theme reset back to xp theme after 60 days?

btw, how do i change the icons as well? besides, after applying this theme, my frame around the window is black in color and its not transparent as its shown is the screenshot above.

can you teach me how to install the theme exactly how it is shown above? is there other software that i can use instead of windowblinds coz it will expire.

sorry for my noobie questions. thank you in advance. i like ur theme very much.
igorlsb Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007   Interface Designer
hi my friend
can you tell me how i installer this theme in my windows xp ?
step by step please

thanks and congratulations for your theme
touqeer9045 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
Can some 1 tell me if this theme is for vista or for XP
ohsnapitssuz Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
I LOVE this theme & am currently using. The only problem I am having with it is in WindowBlinds 5.5, the bottom of the start menu looks like this....

CodieMorgan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Its because you dont have a patched version of windows Explorer (explorer.exe)!

The modified version involves having the actual 'text' for Logoff and Turn off removed from explorer alltogether!

Once something like that has been done, using a resource editer and replacing explorer with your own, it will fix that issue!
Animatronica Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
I've just installed this theme, and I have the same problem "ohsnapitssuz" encountered.

I don't really understand what you mean by "patched version of windows explorer".

What can I do to get this skin to work correctly?
ohsnapitssuz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Thanks for the response. Can you tell I'm new with this kind of thing? Haha.

Replaced my explorer.exe with an edited version. :) Thanks again.
Brammm Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
So i installed this theme, only to notice one little problem...
I'm running a dutch Windows XP Pro edition, and my start menu is looking rather messed up: [link]

I'm using the normal Redux version... Is there any way to fix this?
Brammm Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
nevermind, i think the problem was that i used the 128px skin, i removed it and chose the smallest and it's okay now... only the login logout buttons look a little odd, but nothing too shabby...

nice one!
revolutionized55 Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
great! will there be a visual style port of it ;)?
losesoul Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
very nice,thank you so much!
2bebo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
FA-BU-LOUS work man! I don't find words ...
khuas Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
I love the look of this but I am having a problem with the lack of window caption text! I generally have a ton of windows open and it can be confusing when I don't know what belongs to what sometimes.

Is there a way to make this text appear or am I out of luck?
bryanfoks Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
Anybody knows what tool his using for digital post-it notes(on the first screen "Release this theme")?
flclkun Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
I've searched long an hard for the most appealing looking, and most accurate vista theme, and i have found that theme. Great Job, worth a fav, and a DD
Staxxy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
awwwwesome man :)

well done.
InstantKarma4u Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
cherryeater987 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
oh god. i love you.
neevous89 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Love that suit:) Too bad this project seems to be dead:(
zamine Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
really beautifull and classy style
thanks and bonne continuation
tosbsas Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Hey there

Its a beautifull theme, but with any of the pixcels sizes 32/48/120 my startmenu looks ugly - on the programs side (left) letters seem to get cut off.

I am on german xphome sp2sp2

GothamSPFX Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Can you provide the exact on where to download the software on to change the window notification balloon. I've searched everywhere but to no avail. Great skin, can you make a black version, I'll think that will look freakin awesome, but do change the start bar somewhat it's good and different, but there are no color highlights add that in next version if you will, and also design a new custom start button, the one you have is cool, but a little out-dated to me for this type of custom skin. Thanks for listening.

If you're into special fx check me out.
miroku88 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
i have just one can i activate the "aero" effect???....i mean the transparency on the borders...plz answer me =_=
ZoneGrafix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
cool work - mega nice!!
Jbasto Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
but none of my icons look like that at all =/ they look normal and my res. is 1024 by 768 32bit color 60Hz

or i need icons to ?
Rechain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
You have to install IconPackager to use other icons > [link] <

Jbasto Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Need some Help w/ this im a newbie !!!! how do i load this hot theme ? i need windows blind ?
Rechain Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
You have to install WindowBlinds > [link] < to use the theme.

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January 29, 2007
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