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Placebo for Windows 7 by SolMiler Placebo for Windows 7 by SolMiler
for Windows 7 x86 & x64 SP1
created by Solmiler

06/Dec/10 :) :) :) WOW! It is really a great feeling to receive a Daily Deviation.
Thank you *bgjerlowdesigns and `OtisBee for suggesting and featuring it.
I couldn't be happier!!! :D :D :D

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Borderless 1 Borderless 2 Borderless 3 Cold Light Zero

This VS is intended for Windows 7. It's tested and working on both 32 and 64-bit versions.
Updated for SP1.

- Eight Visual Styles.
- Additional borderless versions
- Support for top, bottom and left taskbar,
- Two different fonts: Windows default Segoe UI font and s smaller Calibri font.
- Basic version of every style.
- Support for Theme resource changer - no changing
of system files is necessary.

Additional System Files - SHELL32.dll and WMPLOC.dll can be downloaded HERE: [link]
System files are updated for SP1.

INSTALLATION: Detailed instructions can be found in the included README file

IMPORTANT! Do not use UxStyle it has stopped working and keeps reverting custom themes to basic. Use UniversalThemePatcher instead: [link]

Icons used in preview: Icon Pack 2 by ~aablab and JONGHYUNPARK Exp.+2 by ~jpyss

Walls by *ether

Created by Solmiler
Licensed under Creative Commons

Check out my other Visual Styles:

Seven and a Half

Glass Onion
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-12-06
the suggester said: "Placebo for Windows 7 by ~SolMiler is without a doubt one of the best themes available for Windows 7. It's dark, clean and smooth. I love this theme so much that i'm actually using it on all 3 of my Windows 7 computers!"
( Suggested by bgjerlowdesigns and Featured by OtisBee )
12jaypee34 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you
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tailsXgames Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
im having a pain in the ss with that shell thing wuont work ;-;
odssa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  New Deviant
This is awesome.. You really did a good there ever..thanks a lot for posting here.. :)
zKappa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Link on "The Universal Themer Patcher" is not working.
reaverclan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
Your skins are amazing, did not realize till now I forgot to favorite Placebo after like 2 years of using it.
gizmundo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
I can agree. The best theme collection available fro Windows  
RyanCordell-ARKAI Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
The only dark theme I have ever seen that actually makes My Properties and other such windows actually readable! Frigging props, man. I was looking for this kind of stuff for years.
saadlicko Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Best Theme! Thx guys))
Ananchel27 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It doesn't have the Explorer.exe file which is leaving me wondering if I should go on with the process or not...
TakoriLee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
RogerTheeAlien Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Instructions incomplete and Step 6 pertains to files that are not included with the theme.
iTzBrillianTFX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
most popular theme I guess ^^
abakaboola Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Any custopack tools version of this available?
Drahoslav7 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this theme. Is it also available for Windows 10?
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ok so I am using Cold Light but in my firefox I get tooltips that are just a black box, I am assuming with a black text, but all I see if black..., I tried those user styles just in case but didn't work..I really like and want to use cold light, could you please help me? I can send screenshots or whatever you need... thank you
monster-cave Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2015
Nevermind, issue resolved itself by re-activating..
Skatelate Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
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Sopheus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NVM, I have used Theme Resource Changer, workout flawlessly, do not know what bad sides Theme Resource Changer has though.
Sopheus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, big thanks for the BlackMarket theme, I've been using it just from the moment I got my notebook with Win 7 x64 on it.

After recent update, some of the explorer elements (glitches in Control Panel and Default Backward\Forward buttons) returned to their previous state. Immediately, I downloaded and replaced system files with modded ones (Shell32.dll and Explorerframe.dll accordingly to System32 and SysWOW64), after that my system stopped loading. Gladly I have had the whole disk backup and original files.

Of course I can leave with those Glitches and default buttons, but it would be really cool and kind of you, if you could spend some time to look at the issue and fix the problem.

Thank in advance!
Sopheus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After update replacing SHELL32.DLL and Explorerframe in System32 and WOW system folders leads to inoperable system. Any fix?
BS-Flip Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just want to pay my respects. I've been using this skin for years now. It is an amazing skin and I haven't found one better. Thank you so much, I get compliments on it all the time. :D

What my desktop looks like:…
BananaPancake06 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
I like this theme a lot, but I can't replace the Explorerframe in system32, it says I do not have the authorization. But I already am an Admnisitrator, I turned off the UAC, tried to "take ownership", used the command prompt, checked the boxes on the security tab in properties etc
I don't know what to do to fix it.
VuTam4494 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Hi, can you share your wallpaper for the Angst theme. It looks awesome :)
ugurcode Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2015
this took me a while to install bu it was worth it. thanks. i am using pure morning: everything is more visible.
cgraphicz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Help? I have applied this but it has a weird effect.
magicmasta187 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
I just wanted to say that I created an account just to say how much I really liked this theme! I can't wait to install it. Keep it coming!
mbacou Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2015
Just want to say I've been using for over 3 years on all my Windows laptops. Best ever, highly recommend. I'm looking for an implementation in GTK3.
ugurcode Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
dream on
Con-struc Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Any chance of a win10 edition?  My habits for using Hackervision and dark themes have meant the default win10 white backgrounds for explorer are horrid now D:
ugurcode Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
have you tried installing it on win10
RandomFrisianGuy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you tried to use your brain? This visual style replaces system files. The system files in Windows 7 and Windows 10 are not the same, so installing this theme on anything else than Windows 10 doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
eddiket Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Artist
been using Ashtray (borderless) for 'yonks' and even though have lot's of trouble with dark text on dark backround (wish i could write 'Stylish' scripts) it's still better than any alternatives i've come across, so kudos big-time to Sol .
Vule76 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you want to make it perfect?
Cold light 0 is superb for light theme but for dark themes here's some errors.
Black Market (browser captions): Issue1:…
issue 2 (low visibility of marked icons):…

Ashtray (Office):…
AaronVBB Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Is this Thingy a Virus?…
JONATHANCR Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
very nice brother
xperson1301 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
I wanna see.
Resp1ra Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
I've been trying to solve why this theme makes windows update show nothing, anyone have a fix?
ziplineattack Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
What do you mean "show nothing"? Are you unable to obtain windows updates anymore?
frednking Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Hello, please can you tell me how to uninstall the theme?
ugurcode Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
enter cmd
press enter
enter sfc /scannow
press enter
wait, it takes a while
ziplineattack Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2015
Control Panel>Personalization>Theme/Change Theme.
Selecting the classic Windows 7 Aero theme will auto-deselect the Kitsch theme.
This isn't an application that needs to be uninstalled. It's a visual style/.theme that can be put into play or just sitting on the bench until you call it into action. If you want to remove it from the bench so-to-speak you can navigate to the theme folder and delete Kitsch.
Should be C:\Windows\resources\themes if I'm not mistaken. Or you can leave it there - it won't cause any problems once you revert back to the old classic Aero theme.
I hope this helps you and others.
joseteodorogiron Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
1pepar Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Is this still being supported?  I see a lot of unanswered questions.  For me, I am looking to install it on a 7601 build Win 7.  I see instructions for 6801 (in the readme) and some SP1 system files (here), but I am a newb and a bit nervous about changing system files without an updated "how to."
ziplineattack Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2015
SolMiler just replied to someone else on Mar 5, 2015 so he's still alive.
I recommend creating a system restore point before tinkering around if you are nervous.
To create a restore point, click the Start button and type "system restore" in the search text box, select "Create a restore point" and follow the prompts. If things get hairy you can always load the restore point to get back to where you were system/settings-wise.
AnesD Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
I like you theme. Using Cold Light and it looks great but i have problem on mozilla thunderburd, the frame is blue and blurred.
M4rQu1Nh0S Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Great! I added your project the my Pack:…
marko489 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
i did everything like it is written in the manual... changed shell and wmploc dll's but in control panel left pane (with links) is stil win 7 default blue?

any help?
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