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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 )
ZNE1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you~ ~
xxtayce Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017

Any way to allow us to change font from just default Segoe UI or Calibri? Font size is very small for what I am typically used to. Otherwise I am in love with this! Finally a theme/background that doesn't blind me. 
RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
this is the theme i was looking for.
thank you so much. i had a similar theme on XP and i wanted it for seven and then u made it.
iwriduan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
this is the only theme ive been using for years, i thank you sir!
i switch between cold light and pure morning in a monthly basis and this morning i found that i have A LOT of backup explorerframe.original in my system32 and syswow64 (every time switched between cold light and pure morning i copied respected version of explorerframe, thus keep renaming the previous to original1... original2... original3 and so on until i realized now am having explorerframe.original36 in each sys folder)

and seems like i am unable to find a good way to get rid of that backup explorerframe. anyone has a sugestion? (tried takingownership, restarting, and even save moding to no avail)

niggareally Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
how to revert back to stock windows theme?
jaminalevine41 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016

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SonyZR Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Thank you so much
Shadow--Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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Shadow--Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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12jaypee34 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you
tailsXgames Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im having a pain in the ss with that shell thing wuont work ;-;
odssa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
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?…
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