Monday, 11 December 2017

Windows XP High Contrast Themes.

I did not know that Windows XP has High Contrast Theme but it does. It has been in all versions since Windows 95.

In this video I take a look and compare XP's themes  to Windows Vista and 7.

Extract Files From Any Windows CD-The EASY WAY.

In this video I show you how to extract files from a Windows CD using 7 Zip. This is how I was able to install the programs from Windows 95 on my Windows 7.
But it works on all versions of Windows.

How To Restore The Logon Screensaver On Windows 7 And 8.

Windows Vista and previous versions of Windows have a Logon Screensaver. That displays when your computer is idle or you have been logged out after so many minutes.

This is a really nice feature that Microsoft removed from Windows 7 and later versions.

But here is how you can get it back and it works on both Windows 7 and 8.

You need to copy one of the logon screen savers from Windows Vista or an earlier version of Windows.

I have chosen Windows 2000 for mine.

Go to the System 32 folder on Windows XP or Vista.
Or extract from the install CD.

Copy the Logon exe.  This is the screensaver.

Then place it in the C/Windows/System/32 on Windows 7 or Windows 8 or 8.1.

You also need to create the following registry entry.

Open Notepad-

Copy and paste the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

Save as a Reg file.
Such as logonscreensaver.reg.

Then run the reg file.

You can edit the timeout to how ever many seconds you want the screensaver to come on.

The log on Screensaver is installed and should work whenever you log off or your computer is not being used for some time. The same as it does on Windows Vista.

Please note this will only work with either a blank screensaver or a logon screensaver from an earlier version of Windows.
Not one of the 3D screensavers.

Logon Screensaver on my Windows 8 which also works on Windows 7.

Get The Microsoft Plus 98 Screensavers On Windows 7 and 8.

This also works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Plus Themes and screensavers are in all of the early version of Windows from Windows NT4 to Windows ME. There was also a Microsoft Plus 98 which has many more themes.

Here is how to get the screensavers back on Windows 7 and 8.

You will need the following:

A Windows 98 CD and a Microsoft Plus CD-To copy the files from.

Resource Hacker.

(To edit the Screensaver name so it shows up on Windows XP, Windows 7 and later versions of Windows.)

Dll files from Windows 98 or the CD-



Plus the screensavers you want to install and the screensaver dll file of the same name. Which can be found on the CD or in the Windows/System Folder on Windows 98. And the Screensaver dll  file can be found next to the screensaver.

For Example if you want to install the Mystery Screensaver you need to copy the  Mystery Screensaver and Mystery.dll and so on.

You will also need to edit the string value of the screensaver with a software such as Resource Hacker in order for the Screensaver to display the correct names in the list of programs before you copy them to the System32 Folder.

Otherwise it will only show up as Wildlife32 and any other screensavers you have installed from Microsoft Plus will NOT show up on the list.

For the other Screensavers Cathy,Doonesbury,Garfield,and Peanuts you only need to copy the Screensaver file from the Microsoft Plus 98 CD to System32 on Windows 7 or 8. You do not need to edit them.

Place all of the Screensavers including the dll files you copied from Windows 98  in your C/Windows/System32 Folder on Windows 7 or 8 and do the same thing if installing on Windows XP.

The screensavers will now show up in the drop down list on Windows 8 as seen here in the picture.
Most of them work just fine as you can see here and in my video.

Here is Mystery Screensaver running on my Windows 8.

Cathy Screensaver on Windows 8 also works just fine.

Most of the screensavers I tried from Windows 98 work on the later versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 8. The only ones that did not was Science and The 60's which kept on crashing and the high graphic ones, such as Organic Arts.
But most of them work. So yes it can be done!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Windows Classic Theme On Windows 8.

In this video I show you how to get the Windows Classic Theme that is in Windows 7 and Windows Vista on Windows 8.

High Contrast Theme-Fix Websites Display Problem In Firefox.

This applies to all versions of Windows.

When you are using High Contrast Theme in Windows, sometimes webpages do not display properly.
Here is how to fix this if you are having this problem.

In Firefox you change your settings to "Never display system colors."

In Google Chrome this issue is not present as it can display websites in all theme settings.
But there is no fix for this in Internet Explorer. I have not been able to fix this anyway.

In this video I show you how to sort this if you face this problem in Firefox or in other Firefox based browsers.

How To Get The Windows 7 Classic Theme On Windows 8.

Microsoft  have removed the Windows Classic theme that was in Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows from Windows 8. But the High Contrast themes are still there which disables the Aero or Windows Basic themes as they are now called. Which will give you the classic look and work in the same way as Windows Classic does.

So here is how.

Right click on your desktop and click "personalize."

This opens the themes settings as shown here in the picture.

Themes menu on 8.

You will then see all of the themes including High Contrast themes.
Select one of the High Contrast themes and save it.

I have selected High Contrast White but you can use one of the other High Contrast themes if you want.

High Contrast theme menu where you can change the system colors.

You can also change the desktop background.

You will see a new options menu shown above with additional customization settings. Which are not available in Windows 8 Basic Mode but are when you change to High Contrast. And from here you can change various things such as the taskbar, text and windows color. to whatever you want.

Windows Classic Theme on my Windows 8.

This is the Windows Classic theme on Windows 8. It looks almost like Windows 7's Classic.

Windows Classic theme on Windows 7.

Here is the Windows 8 Classic theme which I have made by changing both the taskbar and desktop background color to look like Windows 7's Classic.

As you can see it looks very much like the Classic theme on Windows 7 and Vista. Notice the show desktop icon in the bottom right hand corner just like on Windows 7 is now displayed when you switch to High Contrast.

You can also customize your "Classic Theme" further by changing the Windows background to whatever you want and adding wallpaper.

Also you can change the system sound and mouse pointers.

My Classic theme on Windows 8. As you can see it is very close to the one on Windows 7.

Windows 8- What I call "Classic" mode with wallpaper.

Here is Windows Explorer and Control Panel with blue pages!

One of the themes I created I think it looks good. As you can see it looks a lot like the Windows Classic theme on Windows 7 with my lemon desktop.

Windows 7.
All of the apps including the Start Screen still works in High Contrast mode.

One thing you may need to do is to change your web browser settings  in disable system colors so that web pages display normally. Because sometimes this is disabled when you switch to High Contrast Theme.

But this is not a problem and my next video shows you how to do this.

See post here.

So it is possible to get the Windows Classic look back in Windows 8 and 8.1. It's not exactly the same as the "Real Windows Classic" on Windows 7 but very close to it.