Converting .msstyles for use with WindowBlinds on Vista

Using SkinStudio

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by Island Dog | Discussion: Community

With the recent release of WindowBlinds 6 for Vista there has been much talk around various communities on how to use existing XP .msstyles on Windows Vista.  These existing .msstyles will not work on Vista by themselves, but you can convert them using SkinStudio and applying them with WindowBlinds 6.

I wanted to give a quick tour on how simple it is to take these XP visual styles and make them work on Windows Vista.  First there is a couple of things you need.

  1. The first thing you will need is to download SkinStudio.  It's free and it will allow you to convert the .msstyle for use in Windows Vista.

  2. Next you need WindowBlinds 6.  A shareware version is now available and it is also part of the Object Desktop suite.

  3. Your favorite XP .msstyle.

Once you have SkinStudio installed it should associate itself with .msstyles.  All you have to do is double-click the file and SkinStudio will convert it.  You can the apply the skin or do that later in the WindowBlinds configuration.

Alternatively, you can also open SkinStudio and select "Import msstyles".  Once imported you will also have the ability to modify the skins if you choose to.  However, if you did not create the visual style you cannot distribute without permission from the original author.

 

Pretty simple, right?

I also made a quick video showing how easy it is to use existing XP .msstyles on Windows Vista using SkinStudio and WindowBlinds.



Video: Converting .msstyles with SkinStudio
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I.R. Brainiac
Reply #1 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:59 PM
1 caveat,2 really...skins need to be a color that works with vistas bluish toolbar(cant skin that yet) and no crazy start menus or animations...they look like poopoo.

Stick to certain restraints and they crossover to Vista OK...sorta.
Bebi Bulma
Reply #2 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:01 PM
That Aquanox theme looks nice. I still prefer skins made specifically for WB though, meaning they are *fully* skinned.
I.R. Brainiac
Reply #3 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:01 PM
Some menus and buttons wont use the correct margin settings either.
Bebi Bulma
Reply #4 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:05 PM
*wants Aquanox full-wb style*
vStyler
Reply #5 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 10:44 PM
I thought SKS for vista wasn't ready yet?   
I.R. Brainiac
Reply #6 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 10:56 PM
Tiling of some elements is out of wack too.
cmktips
Reply #7 Sunday, March 18, 2007 11:16 PM
good one dude... giving a try
Bichur
Reply #8 Monday, March 19, 2007 12:13 AM
Somebody buy me Vista so I can try this







Diafragma
Reply #9 Sunday, May 20, 2007 12:04 AM
Somehow Skinstudio can't find any .ini file in the Resources folder. Im using Vista by the way...
Neil Banfield
Reply #10 Sunday, May 20, 2007 10:01 AM
Diafragma: It will only import XP msstyle files.  If you are trying to use it with a Vista msstyle then it will not import it.
Diafragma
Reply #11 Monday, May 21, 2007 11:51 AM
I guess that will make the difference...lol Thanks Neil.
jrolson
Reply #12 Friday, November 23, 2007 2:38 PM
How would I convert a Vista msstyle to a Vista wb file?
ZubaZ
Reply #13 Friday, November 23, 2007 2:48 PM
How would I convert a Vista msstyle to a Vista wb file?

See post #10 from the developer:
It will only import XP msstyle files. If you are trying to use it with a Vista msstyle then it will not import it.

gate1975mlm
Reply #14 Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:04 PM
I don't understand this. How do I convert?
tosbsas
Reply #15 Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:51 PM
hmm, I have sks pro but on xp - no import msstyles button -why??

Ruben
ALMonty
Reply #16 Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:59 PM
Ruben just click on the .msstyles file it should import automatically.
jeffo1
Reply #17 Sunday, January 20, 2008 1:18 AM
Just Downloaded SKS6free...and it does not associate with msstyles. and there is no way to import them.

cheers
tosbsas
Reply #18 Monday, January 21, 2008 12:04 AM
nope, it didn't

Ruben
Neil Banfield
Reply #19 Monday, January 21, 2008 7:01 AM
SKS6 does not import msstyles.  Use SKS5 for that feature.
tosbsas
Reply #20 Monday, January 21, 2008 7:16 AM
???
I only have sks6 installed - can I use both parallel -remeber I am on XP?

Ruben

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