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Ambient by tornado5 Ambient by tornado5
Ambient, a Windows XP visual style inspired by the default themes of Windows XP, Vista and 7.

To use this theme you need to patch a system file called uxtheme.dll. Download and run this application or use another patch of your choice. When you have patched uxtheme.dll place the msstyle in a suitable folder (C: or something) and run it.

Bugs: Before reporting any bugs try and think of and explanation why the bug occurs and don't immediately assume it's a problem with the theme. I took a few shortcuts when creating this theme therefore some stuff might not be skinned properly, this because these images are very rarely used.

:bulletyellow: Shellstyle: Not included. If you want one I recommend downloading this...
Ambient Shellstyle by ~Gelosea

:bulletgreen: Compact Mode: Yes, included.

:bulletgreen: Large Icon Support: Yes, but you need to select the Large Icon option in the Font Size list.

:bulletred: Modifications: Only for personal use.

:bulletyellow: Ports:
Vista: [link]
Win 7: n/a
Win 8: [link]
Linux: No.

:bulletgreen: Application Skins: Go for it.

Change Log:
v1.2.2 - 2009-02-22
Support for large start menu icons. If you use large icons select this option in the Font Size list.
Fixed small issue on the Classic captionbar.
v1.2.1 - 2009-02-22
Fixed color for labels on the toolbar.
v1.2 - 2009-02-22
Added alternative window style. (Classic)
New start menu design.
Removed right white line on tab page, causing issue with tabs aligned right.
Fixed issue on the tray area.
Fixed unintentional light on taskbar buttons and grouped taskbar buttons.
Made some minor changes to separators on the toolbar and statusbar.
Changed color of the explorerbar background.
v1.1.3 - 2009-02-09:
Fixed rare right tab issue.
v1.1.2 - 2009-02-06:
Fixed small issue with help button position.
v1.1.1 - 2009-02-02:
Fixed issues with captionbuttons and scrollbars in compact mode.
Fixed Windows Explorer link color.
v1.1.0 - 2009-02-01:
Added Compact mode. (Thanks Gelosea for helping)
Fixed gouped task menu margins.
Fixed some more margins overlooked on the vertical taskbar.
v1.0.2 - 2009-02-01:
Fixed left margin for arrow glyph on taskbar.
Fixed some margins for buttons that where overlooked on the taskbar.
v1.0.1 - 2009-01-31:
Fixed the All Programs selection on the start menu.

Wallpaper image used in the preview: [link]

The user picture is from this image:
Wind Waker Aryll And Link by ~kurokumo

The theme is too bright. Can you make it darker?
- This is because this theme was created on an old CRT monitor. If you use a LCD colors will look brighter and more saturated. And since I don't have a monitor like this at the moment I can't fix it.
The icons on the startmenu is cut in half.
- Yes, you have the Large Icons option enabled. You need to select this option in the Font Size list for the theme as well. Note that the icons on the right should not be visible in this theme by design.
Are you going to create a black version?
- No.

Enjoy. :)
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hamedsp Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
joonkyu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Windows 7 ????? pleasseee
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
anniechatsa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I love this theme!
doubleaykay Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Simply beautiful. A good mix of XP, Vista and 7. Any thoughts about adding Windows 8 to the mix?
openmedia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Very Nice My Fav Theme :)
Dj-Maz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome concept !
Sonic0509 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I just wanted to say, that I starter porting this AMAZING theme to Windows 7 (non aero) and after I finish I will possibly port it to T-Mobile/CM7 (or even CM9) Theme Chooser for android. ;)
funkkybebel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
cool, will it support transparency ?
Sonic0509 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Unfortunately not, because:
-it's not made with transparency in mind (I suppose)
-it would be to much work to make (almost) every image transparent and put it back to theme.
Also I want to finish Basic version first and make it bug-free.
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