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Latest Update on 14 September 2013

Deshou for Windows 7. Part of the Deshou composition.

Deshou VS is aimed at minimalism, pixels, and adaption. It is highly stripped of borders and colours to give a focus on text and content instead of the frame in which it is held. It uses the bitmap font HaxrCorp S8 throughout and uses straight edges to follow a neat grid. Additionally, Deshou VS is made to not take the foreground of your system - the simple grey colour scheme will not detract from your wallpaper or your media.

This has been designed in Windows 7 SP1 64-bit. I have done Vista support, although I have not been able to test it because I do not have Vista. Do not forget to use Universal Theme Patcher to allow Windows to use third-party visual styles.

Inspiration for Deshou VS came from [S]uite by ~Dwx50. I recommend using his True Transparency theme (it is not too far off from what the frames in this visual style look like, albeit the borders and glyph colours).

Included are the visual style, start orbs, task panes, navigation buttons, and necessary fonts. I recommend using the respective tools by =Kishan-Bagaria to replace the necessary resources. Look up how to use these if you do not know how. If you wish to enable the folder band, enable the explorer bar, or use a small taskbar, use the alternative shellstyle.dll or *.msstyles included, respectively.

If you are wondering, the image viewer is QuickView by ~Jundai and the Minecraft texture pack is Isabella II.



For those who would rather edit the base style themselves...

To enable the folder band...
Using Resource Hacker, remove this line from "UIFILE > 1 > 1033" in shellstyle.dll: <Element padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,-28rp)">

To enable the explorer bar...
Using Style Builder, navigate to "Toolbars, Headers and Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Basic > Base > Band" in the *.msstyles and set "CONTENTMARGINS:MARGINS" to "0, 0, -3, -2".

To completely replace Segoe UI with HaxrCorp S8, you'll need to edit the FontSubstitues and Fonts keys in "HKLM > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > Current Version" via Regedit. In doing so, replace all but Times New Roman, Courier New, and Arial with HaxrCorp S8 in the FontSubstitutes key. Then, delete the values in the strings for the files of the Segoe UI fonts in the Fonts key.

If you use a display language with a non-Latin or East Asian script, this visual style may not work inherently. HaxrCorp S8 is a Windows Resource Font, and, as such, cannot support Unicode in its entirety. To resolve this, do the same as above, except add a string in FontSubstitutes to replace HaxrCorp S8 with the font of your choice. Also, delete the value for the file of HaxrCorp S8 in the Fonts key.




Also in the Deshou composition...
_ Deshou STEAM
_ Deshou VS
_ Deshou ICON



C H A N G E L O G _

14 September 2013
- fixed inconsistencies
- removed rounded corners
- changed caption buttons

23 August 2013
- fixed navigation frame transparency issue
- changed address bar colour

22 August 2013
- added alternative files for small taskbar, folder band, and explorer bar
- added start orb for small taskbar
- fixed indeterminate progress overlay
- fixed basic small close glyph alignment
- added Blank font

21 August 2013
- initial release
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Deshou VS by ~Ravmunken ( Featured by fediaFedia )
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Soulboy51 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
How do you install this with uxstyle.. LOL
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Musica-Saito Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the theme, things seem to be working well, save for some text in various menus not showing up properly. In some case, I need to mouse over line of text to get them to appear or click on a field to have it show. Configuring foobar was nearly impossible because so many of the fields were hidden that I couldn't find half of what I needed to modify. In the example image, a control panel link does not show for some reason, but it is still clickable.

imgur.com/Sh9RVUA
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Ravmunken Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's a bug that happens in many minimal Windows themes, just like the menu bar glitch.  It probably has to do with the low gamut of colours and certain properties somehow conflicting when they are the same.  As I use a colour range of 3 greys and 1 pink in my theme, it is likely most susceptible to the bug.  It doesn't occur for me on that menu, however.
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MrAl3n Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Thanks for the beautiful theme! Great minimal design. +Fav!

Those wanting this for Windows 8... should downgrade, Win8 is made for Tablets, Microsoft is pretty dumb. XD
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:iconsomeplacehopeful:
someplacehopeful Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
This VS looks absolutely amazing, would you ever consider making a version for Windows 8?
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I might and probably will if I ever come across something running Windows 8.
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:iconhuku9h1f:
Huku9H1F Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Not a Windows 7 user, but this theme looks great!
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dzgnproject Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student
aaaa i love it
thank you
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:iconrudolrandie:
rudolrandie Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Hi Ravmunken! Thanks for creating such an amazing VS!

However, I'm having one nitpicky problem shown in this image:
imgur.com/2fuep9l

Do you happen to know how i could get rid of the white highlights on the text in that run window? I'm thinking it would be a variable in regedit.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I've spent a lot of time looking for the solution.  There is a stylehack that supposedly formats it to work correctly, but it did nothing for me.  virtualcustoms.deviantart.com/…

If you can get it to work, please do share your success.
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:iconrudolrandie:
rudolrandie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Unfortunately I couldn't get the stylehack to work properly and I have a question about another issue.

Is it possible to disable the theme on a specific app? This theme makes certain apps look awful and even unusable in some cases with the gray text box backgrounds.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If the program was made to only partially use the visual style in conjunction with its own elements without any skinning options then it probably won't look good with any VS that isn't close to the default Aero look.
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:iconcreamykagarin:
CreamyKagarin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Is there a way to enable the flashing notification in the taskbar ?
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I believe you'd need to change the colour of the bitmaps in TaskBand > FlashButton and FlashButtonGroupMenu.
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aoguy1989 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Would you know what the bmp number this is for these 2?
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Looks like 905 and 904.
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aoguy1989 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Awesome, thank you. Absolutely love this VS and the Steam skin you made ^^
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:iconkentheperson:
kentheperson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Great theme, but I'm having issues with the start orb/ navigation buttons and invisible text when using the theme.
When I'm using the standard Aero theme the buttons work fine.
Any idea where I'm going wrong?

i.imgur.com/7mqrDKw.png
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It would appear that you are in Aero Basic mode.  I don't know if you intended that, but it may be a part of the problem.
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OoaJenga Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I've been running the vs for quite a while now with the same problem, it also occured with one other theme a while ago (can't remember which it was, but that means it isn't a problem with the theme right?). I've applied and crosschecked all system files included with the icons pack, tried to force enable aero through registry aswell.
It really is a great theme however my inner ocd is really getting to me with this.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I believe this can happen if you don't fully patch your system with UxStyle, but I can't think of another reason asides from broken system .DLLs.
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OoaJenga Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
you're a genius... i must've accidentally restored back through the time i patched the files or the sp1 update screwed with them. Anyway it works now and looks beautiful!
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:iconkentheperson:
kentheperson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Really nice theme, but I'm having issues with the start orb/nav buttons and missing text.
both the start/ nav buttons work in the aero theme, but dissapear when I use the Deshou theme
Any ideas?
i.imgur.com/7mqrDKw.png
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Iwannamodmydesktop Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
But, it looks amazing so far, I love it.

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:iconiwannamodmydesktop:
Iwannamodmydesktop Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Even after replacing the shellstyle and msstyles (and trying to do it manually) neither the folder band or explorer bar are working for me. Everything else works fine. I have Universal Theme Patcher and everything went smoothly, except for those.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well that is peculiar, have you rebooted and reselected the theme?
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:iconiwannamodmydesktop:
Iwannamodmydesktop Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Yes. I've tried just about everything but it looks like this i.imgur.com/ZzZ5SyN.jpg and the control panel still has white panels.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
They appear to be there though?  Are you saying you cannot click on them?
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:iconiwannamodmydesktop:
Iwannamodmydesktop Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Well the only problem I'm having at this point is the backwards/forwards explorer buttons are still the original ones
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well you have to change them out.
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:iconiwannamodmydesktop:
Iwannamodmydesktop Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I know how to do that with ExplorerFrame.dll, but not manually. Is there a directory in the themes folder?
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methylenebl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey!! I love this VS style I was wondering what would be the eziest way to change the gray color to #1B1B1B.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Go through and change all the values to #1B1B1B and edit all the respective bitmaps.  It takes me about just over a day of straight non-stop work if I want to change the colour scheme.  There is no other way to do it.
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:iconmethylenebl:
methylenebl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What do you use to change all the values?
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Windows Style Builder.
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Tefa95 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Hey there, love this VS, great work !

However, I have two issues :

1-For some reason, the apostrophes ( ' ) don't display in  my Microsoft properties windows (see an example here : i44.tinypic.com/2iiet8i.png ). Obviously I could just switch my W7 to English, but I'd like not to. Weirdly enough, accents don't cause any issues.

2-My "Run" window as well as a few others don't use the HaxrCorp font. They do use the grey background, but instead of using HaxrCorp it uses another font ( I'm not too good with fonts so I couldn't tell you which it is), whose color is black and the background is white (see : i44.tinypic.com/qohb14.png ). I applied the registry changes, but it didn't correct the issue.

Other than that, very solid minimalist VS (loved your icons and steam theme as well).
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
1- I've seen it where it doesn't display apostrophes, and I say it must be a font issue as it doesn't seem to have to do with the visual style.  I do not believe it is a language issue, possibly it is a kerning issue.

2- Run should use whatever font you replace Segoe UI with if you've edited the registry correctly.
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:icontefa95:
Tefa95 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
1-I see. Is there anything anybody can do about this?

2-You were right, I goofed up, now it works. Still have a black font on a white background though, not sure why.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If I knew I would tell you.
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:icontefa95:
Tefa95 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Right, obviously. Sorry for the dumb question.
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:icontefa95:
Tefa95 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Okay, so I found the issue with the apostrophe, so I figure I'm going to post it there if anybody else is facing the same issue :

Windows uses the ’ (Alt+0146) apostrophe for its menus, dialogs etc instead of the classic ' apostrophe, which HaxrCorp S8 does not have. One way to correct this would be to edit system files containing dialogs and menus to switch the apostrophes, the other is to edit HaxrCorp itself to add in the missing apostrophe.

Anyway, this issue is solved. Not sure about the other one yet, but I'll figure something out I guess.
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tsukikosgaydick Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I used Kishan's nav button changer app to replace the default buttons with yours, but the nav buttons still aren't appearing. 
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:iconrazielcn:
RazielcN Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
They work fine for me, did you install the visual style correctly?
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:icondevinelord:
DevineLord Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
any chance of a port to windows 8? we're severely lacking in high quality minimalistic/dark themes over here.
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If I one day happen to have a new computer with Windows 8, I will definitely release a version for 8.  If you and others would be willing to test and provide feedback for me, I could try a port this weekend.
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DevineLord Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
definitely
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:icondevinelord:
DevineLord Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
definitely!
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nordiiq Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am having an issue in some of my applications. The text doesn't appear in some cases until I hover my mouse over it. Anyway to fix this?
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:iconravmunken:
Ravmunken Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It is some bug that I've seen on other minimalised visual styles.  I don't know what causes it or else I'd fix it, but I figure I probably would have to change the look of it to get rid of it, like the menu bar bug.
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RazielcN Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Everything blends in with everything else....... Not very good..
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