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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 )
cgraphicz Featured By Owner 6 days ago  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.
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:
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  New Deviant
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?
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?
amarfukai Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Very nice theme!
Squeezyzepony Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
black market z looks dank
spydee89 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Let's give it a try :) (Smile) 
jessicaholliday Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Hi the Black Market theme still has some white backgrounds in Task Manager and search boxes, how do I fix this? Thanks for these beautiful themes!
Trinsec Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely like the Ashtray theme. Only a shame that the notification flashing is almost invisible, it being dark purple. I wish it'd be yellow or something.
SalFrank Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2015
Everything works good. Looks great, Thanks!
smashdugo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Looks like Ubuntu
Section-9 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2015
Seems to be working fine in windows, but is there any way I can apply this theme for right-click menus to Chrome? It's pretty jarring going from muted grey menus to white. 

Also, how do I remove the icons from the right-click menu, like in the screenshots? Googling this throws up results for some dodgy looking software called 'Ultimate Windows Customiser'.
cip6192 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Interface Designer
can this work without SP1 installed?
mcsonboy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Love the look of this theme, but I can't seem to get it properly installed. Maybe I'm misreading the README file, but I thought that I followed all the instructions correctly, but when I go to theme changer in Control Panel the themes are not displayed there. And when I click on the theme within windows explorer they don't work either. Little lost on where to go from here
xVividTangerine Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Try taking control of the Themes folder itself, then copying your files over to there.
Do Ashtray/Black Market Borderless 1 work on windows 8/8.1? And if so, do I use the explorerframe,dll from the download ,rar? Do I use the shell32,dll and wmploc,dll from the big ,rar or from the update for SP1 ,rar?

Also, is there an option to combine the selection thing from Angst with Ashtray(this thing: i,imgur,com/AgZ3GQs,png)?

I new to this stuff and these themes look really cool, I really like to try one of them out!
sirPls3 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2015
Hello sir, this looks amazing. I'm using Black Market1 & 2. The only problem I got is that when I try to open 'Save as' window from many applications (firefox, chrome, libre office, etc.) the left menus are missing and I can't navigate through the folders easily. Otherwise when I open explorer I can see them. Check screenshot  Anyone else using Black Market without this problem? - please report!

Please let me know if there's a sollution to this.

I know I could run 'sfc /scannow' but I guess that would revert all my system files and make this skin non-working.

I did a little research and according to this thread this problem is caused by the system file Explorerframe.dll this skin uses…
SolMiler Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
you've probably messed up explorerframe.dll locations. 32bit explorerframe.dll goes to syswow64 folder, and 64bit explorerframe.dll goes to system32. That's how MS made it. Hope this will fix the problem. 
underskyzx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
I had a bit of trouble and everything just broke down, I decided to do the thing right and after running a sfc /scannow to restore the system I followed CAREFULY the instructions reading them over and over again until I knew exactly what I was doing.

Result: Everything working!

Thanks for this awesome theme, If you don't mind a suggestion, I think the scrolling bar from Black Market 2 should be the same as Black Market 1...
guitar80ep Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I LOVE THIS THEME. However, I do have a small glitch that is kind of an issue. When I use VisualStudio now my window breaks? Advice?

Details: The icons on the top bar allowing me to search folders and refresh is just missing...
guitar80ep Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Actually its any file open menu from applications... There is no address bar.
XAIEM Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great Job!!! 

I tried a few complex themes for the first time over the weekend without really doing my homework on the matter and ended up breaking my system. I backed everything up beforehand though so I was able to laugh it off. I decided I didn't want to mess around with system files and started looking for a more basic approach, with the intent of finding a nice calm theme that gets me away from seeing bright white windows all the time. And that my friend, is where you came in.

Followed your tutorial and chose the basic version of your "Black Market" and I couldn't be happier! I stare at ugly nauseating white windows all day every day at work, so this will be great to come home to. Thanks again man, this has actually improved by life.

Anyone looking for a great theme also offering simple drag and drop versions of itself?

helgatheviking Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Love this theme! But I've had issues with some windows having dark text on dark background as seen in this screenshot. There also seems to be an issue with borders: Still this is 100x better than windows default. 
sovalyeler Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
thanks a lot! just great.
GPP-Arm Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Hey guys I have a problem, when I look in a window it shows up with two X out buttons and maximize/minimize. It makes a not as good looking one on top and it ruins the look of the theme. Here is an image:
Dgameman1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
I'm not able to see anything when I try and download programs online.
I can't change directories
weeku Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Same problem here. Any method fixing it? I'm currently looking.
Sykerz95 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I had similiar problem, I`m not IT pro but I still figured it out, my taskbar and explorer.exe was fucked up because I wrongly used QuickFrame. What I did (if you don`t know what and how and you`re viewing this from another device then heres something pretty basic you should know - ctrl+alt+del --> task manager --> File --> new task --> ''yourbrowser''.exe (ex. firefox.exe) so you can access web and download things you need cause you can`t run cmd as administrator through task manager)
So what you need to do is pretty few simple steps, I did it over complicated and ended up to this.

1.… download installer
2. install it and make sure to run it as installation finishes, cause (ayy lmao) you cant access directories n shit.
3. by installing it you will have it with administrator right already. So when it launches press ''hacker --> Run.. --> cmd
4. googling a bit I found this… so just type in the command '' sfc /scannow '' and reboot it once it finishes scanning and fixing shit
5. ????

Maybe someone knows a better option, like running cmd as administrator without all this crap but I tried all, explorer is one huge bitch but if someone finds this useful - you`re welcome ^u^
MayorOfCoolsVille Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
This is awesome, but I have one major issue: it causes Microsoft word pages to be black, so I then have to use white text to see what I am typing, and have forgotten a few times to change it back to black before printing, so I get a blank page :S is there any way to make the pages white by default?
ch4mb3r Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2014   Photographer
Good Work. My Screenshot  You Got a Llama :)
customizewin7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
excellent check my themes
anjilite7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
how to download?
skuko Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
i have no idea how i kept missing this for all these years. the single best VS ever, the ashtray :)
MariusUnsraw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Interface Designer
wow.. thanxs :)
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