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Shine 2.0 for Windows 7 by zainadeel Shine 2.0 for Windows 7 by zainadeel
5000FAVs!!! Another milestone! :D :D :D thank u for all the watchers and commenters!

4000FAVS! :D

JUST CROSSED 3000FAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!



JUST CROSSED 2000FAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!! a first for me!


MY FIRST DD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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i dont knw what to say :D
thank u so much AndrewDBarker [link] for suggesting it :D :D and thank u OtisBee [link] for featuring it ..

:D :D :D And i it just crossed 1000favs!!!!!!!!!!..
thats a first for me :D :D :D


Ive been working on this theme from about 2 months. I want to Specially thank some ppl from And dA. I hope i dont miss anyone. If i do i apologise. I wish to name all of you guys because it helped me in one way or the other.




In the preview:

StartORB by me
Icons by me
Wallpaper is in my favorites called Green Veins Wallpaper Pack by Ythor



1. Download Universal Theme Patcher. Run in it Administrative mode (right-click > "Run as administrator"),

UAC must be turned off.
After patch, restart the computer to take effect.

2. Select the theme according to where you place your superbar.

3. Extract contents (Win7-Shine 2.0.theme & Win7-Shine 2.0 folder) into C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
and double-click on Win7-Shine 2.0.theme
Then restart to make sure everything works properly.

5. Take ownership of explorerframe.dll in System32 folder and copy the appropreiate explorerframe.dll replacing the original!. Make sure to make a backup of the original in case of instability. (i dont know how to take permission manually, but i search for a software on google)

6. Restart computer and you are done :)

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Given 2010-08-01
Shine 2.0 for Windows 7 by ~zainadeel
one of the commenters said: "absolutely fantastic, i've tried a LOT of themes and this is the only one i've stuck with; in my opinion this is easily the best Windows 7 theme on deviantART." ..and many other commenters have agreed on that.
( Suggested by AndrewDBarker and Featured by OtisBee )
BakonGuy Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago
This theme is absolutely beautiful.
brakestylerunaway Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student
Nice, i like transulecnt bars :) Good work Wink/Razz Wink/Razz 
Would you mind if I tried to port it to Windows 8.1?
rebelane Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow, Nice :)
Abo-Hamad Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2015  Professional
هل بامكانك ان تشرح لي طريقة التثبيت لأنني لم أفهم شيئاً 
zomeoneFIN Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! My first custom theme and might as well be the last ^^
braziliandovahkiin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
This is always somewhere in my folders when I fuck Windows up (or when it fucks up itself). Can't live without this clean piece of software.

Many thanks!
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank u :)
paulyboy1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
So to have privalges to System32, I did takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\wmpeffects.dll in CMD how do I reverse this to gain security? please help!
lucipies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ad3f Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2014
Hi all

This theme is beautifull and i like it very much but there is one thing that is really "boring" for me: the colours of the bars (hdd, progresses bars, etc).

So i modified them with the Windows Aero original ones. If you want this theme with the "corrected" colours (if you don't like greys one ;) ), here is where to download it. I modified the colours only for "Bottom" theme. I don't know if you replace the "Win7-Shine 2.0.msstyle" file will work with the other settings like Top, Left, Right etc. Try it and let feedback.

Here is the download --->…

(tell me if the download is broken, i will replace it)

Again, thanks  zainadeel for the theme.

P.S trought this comment I also please the autor if he can release a "2.1" versione with the windows default colors but in a flat style, like windows 8. thanks.
zainadeel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Good work!
I am not working on any themes anymore. I hope i can get some time out for it.
Kamili91 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Please, add Win7 SP1 x64 and x86 versions!
legoman519 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Make a grey version!
deepak21star1 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Dont know how to install. Totally confused in steps. Can anyone explain me once again step by step in layman language. I will really appreciate.
BrainChecker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Couldn't live without this skin. So simple and beautiful.
Everytime working on a system without your style I'm glad again about your wonderful work :)
Nikolaser Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Nice, I'm using this theme for a long period of time now.

PS About the instructions, Im not sure that step 5 is a must. Done it and all I got were problems, Win7 SP1 home premium. Without that step everything works like a charm.
krissasaur Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my favorite theme, but I was wondering if there is a way to make the selected files background darker? I can never differentiate between what I have highlighted and what I don't.. and I keep searching for a new theme to fix this, but I never like any of the other ones as much as I like this one. 
marcoubidia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
SUBLIME fantastico APOTEOSICO y ligero I love it
YoItzRyan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Bro where can i download the icon and the orb
sasscream Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I just found this & really love it. Would like to install in on my Win7 x64 system, but the links you've included for Universal Theme Patcher all seem to be broken ):
Hope you can help?!
spinmoves4days Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does anyone know how I can install this? please help, this theme looks really nice!
abdu99 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Fantastic! thanks for the theme.
TheBasix Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
When I replace both ExplorerFrame.dll files and restart my PC I get an error that windows cant open explorer. How can I fix that?
PRO-Graphics Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
nice 1!
Jeraw Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Seconding a black/dark version. This visual style is gorgeous and I've been using it ever since I've discovered it but it's very hard to read the time with bright coloured wallpapers.

Anyway, thanks for this superb theme. Keep up the good work!
aderion22 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
is there any chance making this gorgeous theme in black ? thank you.
starOneEightyTwo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
mh.. The explorerframe doesnt work for me. I have Win7(64Bit) Sp.1
Petr70CZ Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Super Theme, thanks ;-)
Benev0LenCe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Does anyone know where the file to change the start button is? Thanks.
Piececandy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
In your butt (Lol just that was a joke)
BobTheHunted Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Can you make the corners not look so bad?  Everything else looks great, but when I change the color to be darker at all the corners are just small lines that stick out and look ugly.
Altrosis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Where would I find the start orb featured in this theme?
andyysplash Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
It was working fine until I installed Win7 SP1 at which point after rebooting I was greeted with the 'classic' grey windows 98-style theme. Aero still works, and I've copied the theme files across again. It did this before on my last installation after a SP1 update
CLiSTi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Best theme for windows 7!!
It would be great if someone would port this theme for Windows 8.1 sooner or later. I think there's a lot of people waiting for it.
After years of using crap themes, I tried to port it over myself. I just started. I used Snow8 as the base because I think it shares the same design philosophy. I don't think I'll port it completely because I'm unfamiliar with theming so I won't be looking through every nook and cranny. Most of the distinguishing features of Shine are copied over but only for horizontal taskbars. The rest are less important things like volume trackers and font colors.!i9kQzRST!gVdkewCv…
dukdulguun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
mrblackgold Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Can any one help me a bit? Did every thing no success
Altrosis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Did you patch the files using the Universal Theme Patcher?
Fool1ch Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Would have been a perfect theme if the navigation arrows were compatible with 125% dpi.
geppoitaly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014

Hetsig Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Best theme out there! I love this :D
Blue-Lambda Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome Visual Style i'm using it :D Keep the good work :)
dark-rayden Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive. But to make it perfect for me it need to have:
- bigger sized window title font (13 or 14px)
- bigger sized icon text (9px)
- an orange hue highlight when selecting icons on the desktop with maybe 20% opacity
- globally a bit bigger font size

On my dual full hd setup, the whole theme feels ... "small" with those tiny fonts.
But graphically, it's really nice, respect.
haincha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Love it. Any chance a Win 8.1 version is in the works? Nothing I have found is as appealing as this.
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
naah.. im totally out of touch and it takes around a month to get used to the new file names and structures. Kind of busy. I will be making icon packs though :)
just waiting on discovering something new
haincha Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Sad day, well now that my main machine is Windows 8, I am deeply saddened that I will have to use subpar themes. Good luck!
carmela925 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
hellooooo there! :) I've just downloaded Shine 2.0. Everything works perfect! except for one thing. The arrow in my windows (left,right) on the window doesn't look similar to your sample. It's still round while on your sample it's already rectangular. I don't comment much here at I usually browse the site w/o logging in. I only logged in to ask you about this. ALso my start button is still round . . what do I do with this? I'm using 64bit w7 OS on my laptop :) Cheers to you and job well done on Shine 2.0! I really like it! 
zainadeel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
to change the back forward button you need to replace the explorerframe.dll. Make backup of the original incase something goes wrong.

and the start button is in explorer.exe i think. You will need to manually import it in.

Cheers :)
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