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NEXTLevel Add-on by Michel8170 NEXTLevel Add-on by Michel8170
Just a matching topshellstyle for Vathanx' NEXTLevel theme.... :)


A shell32.dll for the topshell is included in the pack

Enjoy & I hope you like it


Special thanks to :iconvathanx: for letting me modify his file and release it then ;)


UPDATED WITH VISTA SP1 SHELL32
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:iconsheepyguy:
sheepyguy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Hello guys,
I just would know how to make a so fabulous taskbar... I falled in love with the Next Level VS, but the taskbar is so sad on my screen, don't know why but I really don't like the "bars" up and down... Your taskbar is all I could hope... My last hope to keep this perfect theme...
So, please, master, tell me how to change the skin of this taskbar...
Thanks a lot =P

PS: For sure I searched before asking you, but I'd really like to know how you do, what's the best way to create or modify skins.
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Hello sheepyguy,

you need a software (eg Restorator2007 / Resource Tuner) to edit the msstyle file and replace the taskbar image with the custom one I made that time.
I'm not sure if I still have this taskbar image (this deviation is already 2 years old), but in case I can find it I'll drop you a note. :)
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:iconsheepyguy:
sheepyguy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Thanks a lot, Michel!
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:iconnuclearblasshole:
NuclearBlasshole Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have a similar problem with ProjectX visual style, there's bottom details pane, and i want to move that to the top like you did, i tried to edit shell32.dll file with restorator but i didn't succeed, can you create it for me?

ProjectX's shell32.dll

Thanx mate!!!
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Simply use the shell32.dll that is in my Satin or VistaBreeze pack. That should work :)
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:iconforchans:
FORCHANs Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
There is a picture! =]

[link]
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Well, what you can download here is the top shellstyle only. But for the preview, I used a modified taskbar which i made for myself at that time. It's not included in the pack

:)
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:iconforchans:
FORCHANs Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Can send to me?
Because i am very fond of. =]

My Email: FOR_CHAN@live.com
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Hmm, i need to look, if I still have this taskbar image. I'll let you know then :)
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:iconforchans:
FORCHANs Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Hello.
Your original theme and a bit different ..
The beginning of the task bar there is no long two white stuff!

Because the original is!
Do not the two white long to how to modify things?

Thank you. =]
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
I only replaced Vathanx' original taskbar (with the 2 lines) with a custom one.
The theme is not by me, it's by Vathanx :)
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:iconforchans:
FORCHANs Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
What to do?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
What do you mean exactly?

Replace your shell32.dll with the modified one and copy the shellstyle.dll into you themes folder. All instructions are included in the pack. :)
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:iconneilmccauley:
neilmccauley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
frage: der topshell - sp1?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Die shellstyle.dll ist nicht entscheident, sondern die modifizierte shell32.dll. Und die shell32 für SP1 ist im
Pack dabei :)
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:iconstkr:
stkr Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Filmographer
I love the taskbar! Is there anyway that I can get it?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Huh, I need to check if I still have this image somewhere on my drive :)
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:iconstkr:
stkr Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009   Filmographer
If you do, I'd love to have it ;). Thanks so much!
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SilverSpartan001 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
how did u get the details pane at the top?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
The shellstyle can be moved to the top in combination with a modified shell32.dll (which is included).

:)
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:iconsilverspartan001:
SilverSpartan001 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
when i toek onwership of the DLL shell32.dll then renamed it then pasted in the top shell style.dll thingy and then i restarted my computer and it said windows blah blah something about the libary of the SHELL32.DLL

but for some reason it was in caps instead of lowercase

so i un did it how do i make it work?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Where did you copy the files?

Pls copy the new shell32 into your c/windows/system32 folder.

And the shellstyle.dll into the shellstyle folder (c/windows/resources/themes) of the theme you want to use or change.
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:iconsilverspartan001:
SilverSpartan001 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
ok but i have SP1 and does the SP1 shell32.dll come with the top shellstyle?
causei really want the top shellstyle
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
The modified shell32 does not include the topshellstyle. It only manages to display the shellstyle (shellstyle.dll) on top of the window.
So you need to replace two files: the shell32 & the shellstyle.dll

:)
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h0tzenpl0tz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
there are 3 dirs:
"Shell32 for topshellstyle"
"Shellstyle"
"Vista SP1 shell32.dll"
i copied the shellstyle to windows/resources/themes/theme/shell/normalcolor
but i am unable to replace shell32.dll in system32 with your distributed vista-sp1 shell32.dll ...
appreciate any help, thanks
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Hey there,

before you are able to replace the original shell32.dll you need to take ownership of the file and rename it then. After this (pls make a backup) you can copy the patched shell32 to your system32 folder
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h0tzenpl0tz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
nearly killed my vista x64 business-german.
any special trick to get it working?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Für dein x64 Vista brauchst du natürlich auch eine gepatchte x64 shell32.dll.

Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob es schon eine SP1 fähige Version gibt aber x64 shell32 sind bei einigen Themes mit dabei.
Z.B. hier: [link]

Solltest du eine Version mit SP1 nutzen, müsste ich mich mal schlau machen :)
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:iconanekste:
anekste Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
how to use or open dll file plz
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
It's not necessary to open the dll file

If you use the original Aero theme, simply copy and paste the shellstyle.dll into C\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero\Shell\NormalColor

If you use any other visual style browse to that folder in the C\Windows\Resources\Themes folder and replace the shellstyle.dll there

:)
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:icondarwey:
Darwey Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Das ist ja klasse :)
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Vielen Dank :)

Freut mich wirklich sehr, dass dir der Shellstyle gefällt

:thanks:
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:icondarwey:
Darwey Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
in der tat, es ist anders als normal und das ist richtig cool :)
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:iconmttfrog13:
mttfrog13 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
the text is to dark, it blends with the grey, how can i lighten it???
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
You mean the text in the shellstyle or in the explorer field & address field?
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:iconmttfrog13:
mttfrog13 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
the explorer field, and buttons on right of the start menu, great theme tho btw.
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
The textcolor in the Explorer Field / right side of the start menu is not part of my Shellstyle.

It belongs to Vathanx' NEXTLevel theme. I only made this additional topshellstyle for it.

:)
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:iconbob-loblawlaw:
bob-loblawlaw Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Ah so i've read through the posts, should have done that in the first place i suppose. So your add-on doesn't change the taskbar.

Any chance you could pm the style your using? I love Vanthax's style but the taskbar is bugging me. If i ask Vanthax if thats okay with him do you think you could do that for me? Thanks!!
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Sure, but I need to be back in Germany for that ;)
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:iconbob-loblawlaw:
bob-loblawlaw Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Think i know what to do now.

Having a problem though, i've changed the shell32.dll to shell32.dll.original. I've then tried to paste shell32.dll into the folder, which it does, but i'm not seeing the file. I've got a feeling if i restart my computer with the file not there it's gonna feck up Vista. Any help would be appreciated.
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Uhh, there are some users having this problem...

They paste the patched shell32 into the system32 folder & it just won't show up there. We didn't find a solution for this so far :(
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:iconrakuun:
Rakuun Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
An easy fix for this is to just use the command prompt to copy the file over. Worked for me.
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:iconbob-loblawlaw:
bob-loblawlaw Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Hi, i'm a complete noob so bear with me. I'm presuming topshell means the taskbar? Cause the taskbar on your screenshot is what i want. Haven't a clue how to apply it though. I'd appreciate some some instructions in layman terms. Thanks!!
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
No, the topshell is the information field on top of the windows.

The taskbar is on the bottom with the start button etc....
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:iconwaarom:
waarom Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
good done
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Thanks a lot :)

Glad, you like the shellstyle...
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:iconlegogamer:
Legogamer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Sieht echt gut aus. Ist das auch für die 64 Bit Varianten von Vista?
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:iconmichel8170:
Michel8170 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Vielen Dank :)

Der Shellstyle an sich funktioniert auch mit x64 Vista, allerdings bräuchtest du eine x64 shell32.dll
Die gibts hier:[link]
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:iconacidflow:
acidflow Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
It looks like a great shellstyle, but I am having a huge problem with it.

Unfortunately, after I logged out and then back in for the changes to take effect, I received an error message that said something like "cannot access toolbar". Now, my Start menu does work, nor do any of the links on my desktop go to my folders or hard drives. And anytime I go to open a window of some sort, it immediately closes, denying me access to my folders, files, and settings. I need to find a way top get back in to the folders, replace the shell32 file with the original that came with windows, and then restart the computer with it's original functionality.

Please let me know if you have any idea of how I can fix this. Until then, I am stuck with a pc that can basically do nothing and must use other computers until it is fixed.
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Michel8170 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
I'm sorry to hear this...

Some users had 3rd party software on their pc causing problems with the patched shell32
Try to restart your pc in safe mode and replace the shell32 again with the original one
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