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Aero + : An Aero Visual Style with a touch of Windows 8 Visual Style for Windows 7

Hi! Thanks for viewing my first 'complete' visual style. This is a visual style wherein 72% of it is Aero and the 28% of it is Metro (this is my concept: aero outside, metro inside), and that may answer your question why is the scrollbar grey. I have nothing more to say, but i hope that you'll either like or love it!

Information + Features:
  • Wallpaper and Exploreframes, .dll for x86 and x64 and .bmp, included
  • Tested working on Windows 7 x32 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit), both non-SP1 and SP1
  • Both time and date will be shown on small taskbars

To apply this visual style, read this tutorial.
To replace the ExplorerFrame.dll, read this tutorial


No more future updates.

5/29/12 :
  • Reduced the size of the normal taskbar
  • Confirmed that it works on x64 (64-bit), confirmed by syrink

5/30/12 :
  • Fixed the tabs on Firefox>Options>Advanced (you may find it incomplete but thats normal), reported by DudE777
  • Made the windows more distinct than before, meaning you can slightly notice which window is active and inactive, reported by CY1221
  • Fixed the uTorrent toolbar, reported by Radanius

5/31/12 :
  • Added a 2 themes, one for bottom and left taskbar and one for top and right taskbar (this was added to remove the white line on the taskbars), requested by many users

6/3/12 :
  • Reduced the size of the vertical taskbars, reported by colagen
  • Renewed the ExplorerFrame.dll for x64

7/20/12 :
  • Replaced the Show desktop button
  • More opaque glow on title bars on the windows
  • Updated the Explorerframe.dll s, thanks to nahrizulashraf
  • .bmp s available for Explorerframe

7/20/12 :
  • Updated x64 Explorerframe.dll, thanks to elharty

(If you want to get notified about the latest updates of this visual style, just watch me)
I will not take credit for the UI made by Microsoft Corp.

elharty and nahrizulashraf for Explorerframe.dll s
lysy1993lbn for Origami Betta Fish

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Comments:shoutbox: & Favs:+fav: are truly appreciated !
( so 1st comment & 1st fav = Llama )

If you have problems, suggestions, or demand for a permission, just comment below or send me a note
Add a Comment:
huckleberrypie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
You have any plans on converting this to Windows 10? Been using this for a while on Windows 7, so it would be neat if this gets ported.
dn725 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
I changed two Explorerframe.dll files, but the button does not change. Other Explorerframe.dll works well. What is wrong?

Windows7 Professional 64-bit
portista4ever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
This is beautiful, i'm using and i'm not changing... <3

PS: What is the text font used in this theme? It's a nice one... ;)
kgkhant Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Artist
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
love it! after searching through system themes for hours, I have landed on yours. Its just great!
kgkhant Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Artist
windows 7 like windows 7
HunterKiller926 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Last time I tried to replace ExplorerFrame.dll, I broke stuff. I got to the logon screen and it would say "ERROR: the aplication failed to start because the following file is missing or corrupted: ExplorerFrame.dll" and then it would Re-start and say the same thing. ended up doing a Re-install of windows 7. :/
Jayro-Jones Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be great if you could include a batch file that would automate the installation process for us.
yaxxe Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The theme works great and looks good, but the explorerframe.dll files destroyed my computer. Could't access any of my users at all.
Took my over 3 hours to fix it. What does they do anyway? :)

Besides that I love the theme.
miragefl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The perfect mix between Windows 7 & 8. The natural evolution of Windows 7. Windows 8/10 should look like THIS !
MrPsau Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
One of the best themes I've used, great job on it.
Comeha Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm loving the style so far. The simplistic design and square corners give it nice fresh and 'zippy' feel.

There are just some points I hope you could look at. Firstly I notice the corners of windows have three pixels at the very corner that are completely transparent instead of the same aero fill as the rest of the window. When I use a lower dpi setting the theme reverts to the default appearance, possibly because the images for lower dpi settings have not been changed. Thirdly I see the paddles on things like the volume scroller are gray. It's probably intentional but it just seems a bit out of place. Windows 7 and Windows 8 both have them white. I just think it would have been better to just use the same ones as for Windows 8.
SEA747 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I tried it out. It's really good as a design for the next Windows, but I suggest that you enlarge the date and time text on the taskbar, and to restore the user photo on the Start menu. There was also a problem replacing the explorerframe.dll file on SysWOW64, as I couldn't change permissions on that file (System32 worked, though.)
CutterX Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
My windows are a bit rounded (see screenshot). How can I make them straight like in your screenshots?
LeetZero Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Which resource file is for the menu bar? I think it doesn't fit in nicely with the blue tint and I'd like to make it grayscale.…
phantomghost1525 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
best VS using Aero i have seen!
SeventhDance Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Really nice theme, Giro54. Thank you
TheCraftyMiner Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My desktop looks great!
I have always liked the Simplistic windows 8 but it wasn't Aero, and I also loved the Aero of Windows 7 but I didn't like how glossy it was. 

I also never liked that in Windows the Close, Minimize, and Maximize buttons were always colored unless clicked away. With this theme its always clear unless hovered over which Which I think looks much cleaner w00t! 

This is Exactly what I wanted the entire time. Simple, clear, yet beutiful. :D (Big Grin) 
Pulkit-singh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
i like this theme very much, many times downloads, and so beautifull styles,
but there is something glutchy you know i.e, the caption buttons are not outlined and close button must be reD, then it will be Best theme i Ever had... 
I hav a offer for you would you like to create that much for me, for my Creation Windows 7.1 lite ver....
Think about it ...
Please Help  you younger's ...........
Muklo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
This is the best theme for windows 7 from all available on site! Thanks for the great work!
halaumudumvar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Hello. I can't use from Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7601 :(

And I install and select theme but aero is disabled. Buttons is changed but aero is disabled.

Sorry my bad language :(

Gr4yZ0n3 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Writer
Where to apply the bmps?
KawaiiDarkCore Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
OafishBub Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
My favorite 8ified Aero theme I've seen so far. Great work! 
Cojones777 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Any plans to make a Windows 8 (8.1) version? It would be greatly appreciated!
502ss Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
I need it for W8 :(
rachelanne6791 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Love this.  The nice square corners instead of the regular Aero's rounded ones are awesome; I'm an adult, I don't need soft corners! This is really slick, my new default! Thanks!
CJCA915 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
How do I change the dll files back... as I just tried and I can't delete the new ones to restore the old ones... not that I really want to right now, but in the event that I do, how do I remove the new dll files and restore the old ones?
TakuTag Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   General Artist
I installed the theme, but the arrows icons haven't changed
Zenor18 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
You need to replace the default windows files(take a backup first) found on the ExploreFrames folder of the theme.
Great them author!
Tramperdk Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I don't understand why this isn't DD'ed, this is always my fallback theme, because it's so nice.
Zombies306 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
amazing spectacular're great friend (^^).......Yeah
wikayoshi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
i dont know whats wrong, but i wish you want to see this screenshot [link]
Sonickyle27 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happening with me too.
rastanz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Nice theme, everything works fine, didn't overwrite any system files with yours, just renamed my ExploreFrames.dll to ExploreFrames.dll.old.

Thanks for sharing.
larcarsteve Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
very good thats looks nice!
Senthine Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
The best of both winworlds :D
maxdesolate Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks matey. using the visual style only. and its perfect for me.
kap3tan Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Best theme I ever had , great job !
UltimateDesktops Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
The best aero style for Windows 7! Excellent work! :+fav: :clap:
SurendarR10 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Hey bro , can u tell me exactly how to install the theme , i took ownership of dll file 
and when i open the aere+.theme file , theme changes but the aero is disable , like windows classic theme 
how to solve it , can u tell me how u did it ? please 
opsy091 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
awesome!!! :X
damadikaz Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
freaky amazing.. the simplycity of windows 8 but keep the elegance of windows 7. excelent!
komputeromaniak Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Best theme for Win7 ;) I wait for Win8
JanalTom Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
If have problem in Chrome delete temporary files and data. I do not know why, but after restart chrome all scroolbars functional normal for me...
BartonSVK Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
I can confirm the issue has been fixed in lastest stable release - v26.0.1410.64
Giro54 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wzbe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
with other Chrome versions (I'm using now 27.0.1453.12 which is a Beta version) the toolbar is showed up correctly
Giro54 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great thanks for the info...
LeeSaker Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Could you please fix the bug with Chrome? It doesnt show the scroll bar when I surf :<
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