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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 )
xperson1301 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
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?
frednking Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  New Deviant
Hello, please can you tell me how to uninstall the theme?
joseteodorogiron Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  New Deviant
1pepar Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  New Deviant
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."
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 :)
Kervala Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Thanks a lot for these amazing themes :hug: I'm currently using Black Market and I love it :love:
m0rphiT Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
one of the finest themes for windows 7
brazwen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
How do you make this from scratch? Rainmeter? 
thankies! c:
GamerCroft Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014
Nice theme except for the needlessly fiddly installation process others have mentioned and the white areas.
Dicehunter Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014
As much as I love this theme it would be hugely appreciated if you could rework it to include the SP1, Explorerframe and Shell32 files so the end user doesn't have to tweak and potentially break their OS, Just drag and drop.
The Windows 8/8.1 version of this is so easy to install, Literally copy and past into your theme folder, I followed your instructions to the letter regarding replacing the dll files and each time it breaks my OS install.
Just food for thought, As it stands right now it's very aggravating.

As a side note I would happily pay for a simple installer that does everything in a few clicks like some of the premium theme creators do.
SudoKai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Additional System Files - SHELL32.dll and WMPLOC.dll can be downloaded HERE: [link]
System files are updated for SP1.

^^ read a post throughly before posting crap about breaking their OS when this style will not in any way do that if you install it correctly...
Echospawn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
replying because I think I broke my OS. its been a year sense you have both posted, but maybe you will have a solution for me. I seems to have messed up my wmploc.dll file. I followed the process exactly and now windows media player doesn't work (when I open windows media player it says something about the wmploc.dll file having a different serial number), and I have no audio on anything except system noises. I also can no longer replace my system32: wmploc.dll, explorer.dll, shell32.dll files. (it always says they are being used by another program)
KumarjitDey Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Guys, check out my Windows 7 Customization please:…
cancree Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
This is rubbish.I have never been to install any theme ever.successfully,without one problem or another.I am a pc tech.i know my way around.patched win7 ult 64.DecimatorOmega.This is fail aswell.all these customizations and what not are just poorly done HACKS.
Y-N-1-F Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2014
By definition, all 3rd-party o.s. customizations are HACKS, moron.

The only thing that's 'rubbish' is your disrespectful comment! Theme-designers like SolMiler put a LOT of effort, time, and skill into trying to give people an alternative to bland default o.s. themes and icons---most of the time FOR FREE, as SolMiler has done with the Placebo suite here---and all you can do is spout off some disrespectful and stupid crap? 

A 'pc tech', huh? I call BULLSHIT on that. And if you are some poor excuse for a pc tech, I feel sorry for anyone who has gotten you to fiddle with their computer! You're obviously one of those idiots who never read the instructions and/or doesn't follow them correctly. Even my 8 yo niece can install this vs without messing up her computer.

So GTFO down the road with your ignorant self. YOUR COMMENT is the only FAIL around here.
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