Hey guys. In this tutorial, i will show you how you can change your Windows 8 background image. Unfortunately, this only works for the x64 Bit Version only at the moment. If we find a way for the x86, we will report asap!
So here’s what you have to do :
1. Download a Hex Editor. You can get one here.
2. Open up a Command Prompt or CMD window by navigating to your system32 folder (C:WindowsSystem32), and in the Ribbon click File -> Open Command Prompt -> Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
3. Once opened, type the following code:
takeown /f uxtheme.dll icacls uxtheme.dll /grant Administrators:F
4. Now, copy the uxtheme.dll file to your Desktop.
5. Now fire up the Hex Editor you downloaded and load up the uxtheme.dll file in it.
6. Navigate the hex location ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’.
7. This is the part where you actually get to customize the color of your background. Replace the colors as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ with your own. The format is simply Red, Green, Blue, Alpha (RGBA). For a solid/opaque image leave the last byte as FF (e.g: FF0000FF would be solid red). Once you have established the color you want, hit Save.
8. Lastly, rename the original file in the System32 folder to uxtheme.dll.old, and copy your modified file into your System32 folder.
Reboot and enjoy! :D
Today while surfing the net, I encountered a question many times on Google : How to get the Windows 8 UI on Windows 7?
Yes, I have the answer to that, and it is Newgen. Developed by speaker60 and 1000MrCasper and released on the open source project community CodePlex, it aims to bring a Metrofied Start menu to current desktop PCs running Windows Vista or 7.
Here’s the application description :
Newgen is an application that brings the new Metro UI to your desktop. It is a set of live widgets that shows some content from the web and some from your PC.
Newgen supports WPF, HTML5, and HTML widgets.
Support for HTML widgets Launch your favourite apps and webs in one click
Customize as you want
Switch to your opened apps, in just few clicks
Get Windows 8 Metro UI to your desk
Play your videos and music, view your pictures without opening them
Get your tweets, mails and weather reports in front of your eye, just sitting
Provides easy-to-use API for Widget developers
Get updates from us without navigating our sites
After downloading the application, just run it from the Start Menu and done!
You can download this great tool from here.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 contains of hundreds of great features including the new Metro UI which is a tile-like interface with all the notifications on the homescreen, just like Microsoft’s Windows 7 Phone.
Apparently, some people do not want this interface. This is where an app known as Startup Menu Toggle saves the day! This nifty little app created by a member of the Solo-Dev team reverts the interface back to Windows Classic.
Here’s the application description, as posted on Deviant Art :
My first Windows 8 app! It allows you to toggle between the Metro Start screen and the Classic start menu in Windows 8 Developer Preview.
WINDOWS 8 ONLY.
RUN AS ADMIN. (Win 8 may require you to download and install the .Net 3.5.1 runtimes) Feel free to share it to other websites!
You can download this amazing little app from here (Deviant Art Page)
Windows 8 is set to release sometime next year
As you guys know, yesterday Microsoft at their BUILD conference uncovered the new upcoming Windows operating system codenamed as Windows 8 which comes packed with a new Metro UI, an application store and alot of other fun stuff. Also, it is designed for both tablets and PCs!
Don’t worry, Windows 8 doesn’t require special hardware, if your PC / Laptop is running Windows 7 so it will be easily able to run Windows 8, here’s the minimum hardware requirements :
1 GB of RAM
16 GB of free hard disk space
DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM 1.0
Microsoft have now released the developer preview versions along with Development Tools which you can download from the links below!
Please see : A clean install IS NOT Recommended. Use it on VMware or a separate partition only!