Trouble with transparency using uxtheme.dll

Discussion in 'Desktop Customisation' started by que, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. que

    que OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I recently tried using a modified uxtheme.dll from here http://themes.belchfire.net/uxtheme_files/SP1/5.1.2600.1106.rar

    Using WinXPro SP1. I can use almost all themes fine, with no problems. Kinda have two questions :x

    First, I'm not sure why I can't get transparency to work on themes, such as http://themes.belchfire.net/themes_file-2048.html. Tried googling it and messsing with my video card settings, but I haven't been able to accomplish anything. I'd rather try to keep from using software on my system (ie starskin, stylexp, etc) :p

    Second, I've noticed the skins come in two different types files: "Windows Visual Style File" and "Windows Theme File". The Visual Styles just seem to change the coloring of the current theme. Windows Theme files seem to do quite a bit more (plus I can access them through my Display properties). Anyway, is what I'm saying correct? :eek:

    And is anything I said confusing? I'm not usually very good at explaining thigns :X
     
  2. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Probaly bad design of the theme...
     
  3. que

    que OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Is there anything special I need for transparency? Maybe some video card setting I need to change? I honestly can't seem to get transparency to work with any theme or visual style.
     
  4. que

    que OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Y'z Shadow

    Ah, I found out what I needed. In the screenshots I've seen from others, they use a program called Y'z Shadow :)
     
  5. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    You found it before I got here, but you are correct that Y'z Shadow is necessary for the transparency. A VS or theme can't do that on its own.