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Clearscreen Round for Vista by K-Johnson Clearscreen Round for Vista by K-Johnson
Woah, a DD! :D Thanks for the suggestion ~sweatyfish and for agreeing ^mrrste! It's an awesome feeling to have your work recognized on a site as big as this! :)

I feel like I should write more but I'm not sure what to say. I'm a DA noob, lol. I'm just happy that my work is being recognized here and appreciated! I appreciate you all for trying it out and reporting bugs to bring it to its polished state!


Hey all,

I've been working on these themes since last year. I redid 99% of the images in the .msstyles, support all the DPI's, and some optional extra's (navigation/shutdown buttons, userpicture, welcome center). Windows 7 is going to be released soon, and I have preordered it (Oct. 22) but will start working on it before the storewide release date.


Clearscreen Sharp is the sharper and lighter version of Clearscreen Round.

This is the first of three themes.

* You can download all the versions in one easy link: *Uploading

* Or download the currently viewed theme by clicking "Download" to your top left.


Installation: Check out this great guide at WinMatrix -> [link]

You can also apply the themes without messing with any of your files by downloading StyleSelector (32-bit OS only), AveStyler (Shareware), Tuneup Utilities 2009 (Shareware), or UXStyle (Free & Shareware).



  • Resource Monitor shares with the titlebar text color (white) -- becomes difficult to read on the gray gradient it sits on. This will have to be fixed outside the theme by hacking the Resource Monitor (maybe hexing the gradient or replacing the image)... wouldn't know where to look, though :(.


    Thanks to: ~thepanda-x, Ave, ~ZEUSosX, ~Satukoro, ~sweatyfish, ~GrzegorzJZD, ~invaderjohn, and everyone who commented and reported bugs!

    /etc: I used Photoshop CS3 and Vista Style Builder to create these themes.


    V4 (FINAL):

    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Added 24px Taskbar option, Max Transparency option, and Userpicture option
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Support for 120 / 144 / 192 dpi (completed the high dpi graphics set)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Re-enabled context menu seperators to prevent Tablet PC Input Panel menu's from breaking ([link])
    [Sharp] Fixed shadow to appear under titlebar on maximized windows (for Max Transparency version)
    [Sharp] Fixed restore glyph clipping ([link])
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed clock to display fully in heightened taskbar mode
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed tray icon tooltips and menus from overlaying taskbar
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed alignment issues in Group menu
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed tooltip to appear correctly (You may have seen the double-shadow bug while hovering over a button in Firefox)
    [Round] Fixed styling of disabled menu entries to 'normal' instead of bold
    [Round] Fixed the taskbar stretching margins
    [Shellstyle.dll] Redirected dtb() method of the Control Panel Folderband BG image to pull image from CommandBar instead of the rebar BG as it was probably intended. Read about the goof-up here: [link]
    [Shellstyle.dll] Changed Folderband font styling to match other areas
    [Shellstyle.dll] Fixed text alignment of hotlink "Show more details..." in the details pane when more than 15 files are highlighted
    [explorer.exe] Added custom shutdown buttons and userpicture option
    [shell32.dll] Removed overlaying design on Control Panel navigation
    [browseui.dll] Added custom navigation buttons
    [oobefldr.dll] Modified Welcome Center to fit the theme


    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Swapped solid bordering on buttons with transparent ones
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping in menu's for longer/wide-character languages (like Chinese)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping in Windows Security Center
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping with Toolbar button text
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed CommandLink button to retain fidelity on its bottom edge when stretched vertically
    [Round/Basic] Fixed gradient banding on the gloss of the Start menu & Taskbar on clsRound and clsBasic, much thanks to ~sweatyfish
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed unreadable Help window and Alternate Toolbar area ([link]) to match the other toolbars for a consistent look
    [Round/Basic] Aligned group menu icons with the icon on the grouped taskbar button
    [Sharp/Basic] Added matching vertical progressbars
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed x64 graphical glitches (seperator, indeterminate progress bar, explorer navigation pane, disabled button, commandlink)!

    Hopefully these are the last of the major bugs. Perfection and compatability with everything is an impossible task with custom msstyles on Vista, but I want to get as close to it as possible! :) The reason why it is impossible: Some programs use their own code along with code pulled from the msstyles -- that can spawn problems as the programmer created the program to work with the default Vista Aero theme. Also, because Vista msstyles does a lot of sharing with global properties. I had to implement many properties in many different parts and states for custom styling! xD So let's hope this version goes smoothly so we can get some variations going for V4!


    [Sharp] Fixed Breadcrumb bar vertical seperators to match Round (how it was originally supposed to be)
    [Sharp] Changed TreeItem hot state to match the sharp corners of others
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Redid Scrollbars for better contrast, redid slider trackbars for a sharper look.
    [Sharp] Changed Padded Border Width to 1 from 0 to prevent dialog window frames from breaking.
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Placeslist images reworked (truesize value now set to stretched to fit other languages with more/wider characters)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed taskbar 1px bottom row of inactivity
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed start menu program name clipping
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made Folderband/Communications/Media/Toolbar buttons transparent -- Help menu now visible
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Recolored indeterminate progress bar to match normal progressbar and saved as 32-bit PNG
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Centered Scrollbar Gripper on bottom scrollbar
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Darkened disabled checkboxes and radio buttons a bit
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made flashing taskbar window button's orange glow more vibrant
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made transparent tab area solid -- no more black gaps in some apps in the filter sort
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Changed contentmargins to fit the icons within the addressbar and searchbar (seen in FireFox default skin), thanks to Sweatyfish


    - No more third party theme changer needed (hopefully)!
    - Packed in "No Folderband Autohide" shellstyle

    Clearscreen Sharp
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    Clearscreen Basic
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    Given 2009-08-05
    Clearscreen Round for Vista by *K-Johnson Sweatyfish said "For being the most professional, clean, usable style for Vista yet". Disagree? I know I don't ;-) ( Suggested by sweatyfish and Featured by mrrste )
    RevolutionRX Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
    Love it. I've been using this for a few years now.
    daleindeviantart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
    This is marvelous. I hope you can make it for windows 7!!!
    endgameRO Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
    Wait! Where is the .theme file? How am I suppose to install this?
    z0mbi3xkuromi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
    gorgeous! (and i'm currently using it. ;) ) thanks so much for this awesome visual style! :D
    omzig89 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Niiiiice! And we could definitely get along on the music selection you have up there!
    YoshiHDify Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
    Can you please reupload links for SP2 Vista. The resources are stuffing up my Vista SP2.
    YoshiHDify Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
    Please port to Windows 7, I'm still using Vista for this theme.
    yayme Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
    Will this be ported for windows 7 at any given time?
    ppppL0 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Artist
    omg LOVE IT!
    faithfulthinking Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
    Does this theme work with Vista SP2? D:
    illage2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
    This is an awesome visual style. Thanks for subimmiting this, adding to to my favouites now.
    yestowai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artist
    What time is this themes done for windows 7? I have waited for it for a long time.
    nomoreapples Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist
    awesome work dude
    The-Webby Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
    Can you make this for Win 7 ?
    milanioom Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    Is there any chance you port this one to Windows 7?
    Vustom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
    All done, thanks bruthur.
    Vustom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
    Rofl, I just used Take Ownership on the hole \WINDOWS folder, well, it worked...
    Vustom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
    I cant Take Ownership of .exe files... Hmmm
    Vustom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
    Uh, thats weird, I'm using the Take Ownership program but when i go to right-click on explorer.exe the Take Ownership button does not appear...
    Vustom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
    Never mind, Figured it out. (:
    Vustom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
    Where do i put shell32.dll, oobefldr.dll & browseui.dll?
    Do i put it in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes or the \Shell folder or something else?
    And on Step 3 that explains how to update the explorer.exe right?
    I'm new to this. (:
    moustaxt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
    Have been here for years but this is the first time I've seen such a professional and perfect 3rd party theme for windows (being as customization-unfriendly as it can get) that deserves registering just to show my appreciation.
    Apart from the weird choice of title bar buttons in the aero version (should be the same as the ones in the basic version, maybe with colors added on hover), this is the only non-unix theme I ever approve, for its usability, readability and stylishness. That is all.
    kuma-x Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
    More than 10.000 downloads and ONLY 415 :+fav:s ???!!! :wow: People are bitches.. :thumbsdown:

    I'm using this theme and I have to say it's the best (and most beautiful) theme I've ever had! :worship:
    AstroGamer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
    I can only conjure up one word to describe this theme: Awesome.
    silverhammer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    this really needs a port to Windows 7 ;)
    sheppii Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
    GrzegorzJZD Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
    Will there be Clearscreen Round for Windows 7?
    GrzegorzJZD Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
    Inspirat Clearscreen Round W7 by ~angelx7 [link]
    Death-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
    Please port to windows 7 x64:D
    Bazerka Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
    how do you apply the browserui.dll? i cant seem to replace it in the systems32 folder o.o, i have the theme applied but dunno abt the extra .dlls
    GreasyBacon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
    Perfect. Except 1 thing. The side scroll bar could be black like the theme, and it'll be easy to spot and would look better. Other than that. Absolutely amazing!
    key-7 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
    Somehow I like round more than sharp. I will port this to 7 for personal use now. Well, at least I try it.
    yojo2 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
    Just awesome... it'd be great to have this VS ported to Windows XP.
    fengjiebin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
    I hope will have a windows7 version
    Purre2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
    Very niice theme, I jsut wondering 2 things, how to get the close button and the other buttons without a border, only the icon. And how to use aero, I can't make it work:(
    Purre2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
    Update, I fixed the problem, It was uxstyle that caused it, thanks for the theme :D
    dpj52190 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
    damn...MORE THAN PERFECT!!!
    KaoDome Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
    Is there any chance you port this one to Windows 7?

    Thank you very much for your time and congrats on the good work!
    Poisongage Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   Interface Designer
    Very nice !

    Just what i was looking for. Thanks for sharing.
    neilmccauley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
    btw - will you port this to se7en too :lol: i think it's worth doing :nod: i mostly use this theme in vista, it has the class of a windows default theme, no bugs and all works smooth and matches every app. but i miss it in se7en :(
    neilmccauley Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
    fantastic theme, very good quality, i love it :+fav: i know i'm late hahaha...
    SharkmanLT Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Interface Designer
    Hi, Can you make this awesome theme for Windows XP? :O_o:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
    Sorry, I don't use Windows XP, know, or have the time to use skin for it :(
    muffonio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Student Filmographer
    does this works on Windows 7 D:?
    GrzegorzJZD Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
    Could someone do a matching theme for Firefox and Chrome?
    MysteryE Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    wow great series! I just hope you can make the thin taskbar version... >.<
    MysteryE Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    whoops my bad! It DOES have thin taskbar! Love it!~
    S-u-P-R-e-M-e Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
    This is the best skin for vista i've ever seen omg!
    eU-aLeX Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
    very beautifull :)
    NotoriouS-GrafiX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
    Amazing work! If only there was a XP version :P
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