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The Windows 7 Task-bar and Install Windows 7 Theme


The installation takes place without restart. You can get started right away.

To “pin” an icon into a group, simply drag it onto an already pinned icon. I found this a bit tedious, since it is difficult to find the right position so that the already placed icon does not “move” onto the page.

So you can arrange groups by topic. For me, the browser comes first, and then I have groups with Adobe products and one with Internet applications such as Gmail, Twitter etc.

However, I do not recommend pinning icons that you click on very often (in my case Tweet deck) into a group, as this will waste time. If there is an icon in the message (e.g. a new message in Skype), the whole box lights up. If not all applications run in a “bin”, the active ones are highlighted.

I found another problem when I wanted to do something at the top of the screen. I first moved the mouse to the top of the screen until I got to the right place. I drove over a bin that opened immediately and “blocked” the view. There should actually be a minimal delay, which slows productivity down a bit.

Conclusion: A very interesting program that I will certainly continue to pursue. In the next few days, I will also see whether it is really worth it or whether it is more of a nuisance. Anyone can register for a trial version on the Bins homepage.

Install Windows 7 Theme “Blend 2.0”

As Catchy recently reported, the Windows 7 theme called “Blend 2.0” has appeared. I like the theme very much and installed it right away. However, there is a hurdle to be observed in order to exchange a system file.

In order to be able to install the theme, you first have to patch, because Windows does not allow its own designs. This is quickly done with the Universal Theme Pitcher. Then you can copy the theme itself and the folder to “C: \ Windows \ resources \ themes” and activate the theme. After the restart, the file ExplorerFrame.dll, which is located in the system32 directory, is replaced.

  1. Navigate to the file C: \ Windows \ system32 \ ExplorerFrame.dll in Explorer. Right-click -> Properties under the “Security” tab to set full access for administrators. To do this, click on “Edit”, select the administrator and check the box under “Full access – allow”.
  2. Enter Start -> “cmd.exe” and right click -> Run as administrator.
  3. Enter “rename ExplorerFrame.dll Explorer Frame. Del backup this creates a backup copy.
  4. With the command “copy <file from the download directory> ExplorerFrame.dll” (replace with the path) it is done and after a restart the theme is complete. I have already shown in another articlehow to spice up the taskbar a bit.

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