Windowblind issues with Start Menu - FIXED!

Sunday, December 6, 2009 by karmat | Discussion: Help

Just when I thought everything was going smoothly... Every skin I've tried this evening has a black outline around the start menu and a different color at the left side of the taskbar, and underneath the icons on the left side of the taskbar is a vague picture of a search bar. None of these skins did this before tonight. I checked to see if I had the latest windowblinds and found that my version hadn't installed properly - I had to do 'Verify Installation' twice before it showed that it was installed properly. I've restarted a couple of times but the problem is still there. Any ideas?

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karmat
Reply #1 Sunday, December 6, 2009 11:11 PM
I've put in paragraphs but they don't show up when I post, sorry!
k10w3
Reply #2 Sunday, December 6, 2009 11:25 PM

The black outline is the transparent part of the image -- I wonder if the images became corrupted somehow, or a radio button in Skin Studio became unchecked so Windowblinds is reading a .tga image as a .bmp image.  Have you tried deleting a skin and then re-downloading it to see if a fresh install of the skin will fix it?

karmat
Reply #3 Sunday, December 6, 2009 11:36 PM

The black outline is the transparent part of the image -- I wonder if the images became corrupted somehow, or a radio button in Skin Studio became unchecked so Windowblinds is reading a .tga image as a .bmp image. Have you tried deleting a skin and then re-downloading it to see if a fresh install of the skin will fix it?

 

 

I deleted the skin in my example (Tinted) and reinstalled it - but it looks exactly the same. Also, I just noticed that my thumbnails are not just text without a picture.

 

 

I guess I'll have to reinstall Windowblinds. When you uninstall and reinstall it, do you lose your skins?

k10w3
Reply #4 Monday, December 7, 2009 12:01 AM

karmat

I guess I'll have to reinstall Windowblinds. When you uninstall and reinstall it, do you lose your skins?


I've only had to do that once, and I didn't lose my skins.  Hopefully, you won't either.

karmat
Reply #5 Monday, December 7, 2009 8:06 AM

Thanks!

Wizard1956
Reply #6 Monday, December 7, 2009 9:12 AM

That looks similar to what you get with:

A: Vista Home Basic

B: Having an unknown WEI.

C: Having an Experience Index under 2.0

Have you run the WEI lately(you should),or changed any hardware/drivers?

 

DrJBHL
Reply #7 Monday, December 7, 2009 9:18 AM

karmat: I had a very similar problem until I:

1. Saved the Aero Theme (assuming you have both MyColors and WB installed and are on Vista).

2. Then uninstalled MyColors and WB (in Impulse). Rebooted.

3. Reinstalled WB7. Rebooted. Didn't reinstall MyColors.

I could never get MyColors and WB6 or 7 to play nicely together. See if this resolves your issue.

If you decide you want MyColors, do the following:

1. Uninstall WB7 in Impulse, and reboot.

2. INSTALL MyColors first. Reboot.

3. Then INSTALL WB7 and reboot.

Maybe you'll be able to get them to work together. I never did.

ALSO:

When updating or verifying installation, do MyColors first. Then close Impulse and reopen it to update WB.

It's a screwy Impulse bug they've never solved.

Good Luck!

karmat
Reply #8 Monday, December 7, 2009 1:46 PM

That looks similar to what you get with:

A: Vista Home Basic

B: Having an unknown WEI.

C: Having an Experience Index under 2.0

Have you run the WEI lately(you should),or changed any hardware/drivers?

 

 

A: I'm on Windows 7 Home Premium, brand new laptop

B: I guess I'm still a newb, cause I don't know what WEI is! I went from XP on my old laptop to Win7 and have never had Vista

C: Experience Index is 4.9%

I think it might have something to do with my earlier problem when I went into the 'Personalize' window and it screwed up my browser windows after changing skins in Windowblinds without going back to W7 default first.

Sorry, Wizard, I just figures out WEI is - Windows Experience Index, doh!

karmat: I had a very similar problem until I:

1. Saved the Aero Theme (assuming you have both MyColors and WB installed and are on Vista).

2. Then uninstalled MyColors and WB (in Impulse). Rebooted.

3. Reinstalled WB7. Rebooted. Didn't reinstall MyColors.

I could never get MyColors and WB6 or 7 to play nicely together. See if this resolves your issue.

If you decide you want MyColors, do the following:

1. Uninstall WB7 in Impulse, and reboot.

2. INSTALL MyColors first. Reboot.

3. Then INSTALL WB7 and reboot.

Maybe you'll be able to get them to work together. I never did.

ALSO:

When updating or verifying installation, do MyColors first. Then close Impulse and reopen it to update WB.

It's a screwy Impulse bug they've never solved.

Good Luck!

 

Since I had a new laptop, all my Stardock software was freshly installed through Impulse.  I didn't install My Colours cause I never use it.

 

Thanks for trying, guys. I guess I'll have to email support or uninstall Windowblinds and reinstall it --- unless there's a mod out there that sees this before tonight and knows how to fix this (please !).

 

 

 

Mirsguy
Reply #9 Monday, December 7, 2009 2:05 PM

Karmat:

Have you tried applying the regular Win7 Aero style? If so, what result do you get? Transparency or not?

If you have not tried this, please do so.

If you don't get transparency, then right-click on the desktop, choose "Personalize," then click on "Window Color" at the bottom of the screen. Make sure that the "Enable Transparency" checkbox is checked.

Then try loading a WB again. See if that helps!

 

DrJBHL
Reply #10 Monday, December 7, 2009 2:15 PM

Mirsguy gave good advice, and since you don't have MC installed, I'd bet that would be the issue, unless it's a borked install. You can tell if it's that by opening Impulse to My Software and right clicking on WB and choosing "Verify Installation".

Make sure under "Preferences" in the blue left upper button "Prerelease Versions" is checked.

karmat
Reply #11 Monday, December 7, 2009 4:59 PM

Have you tried applying the regular Win7 Aero style? If so, what result do you get? Transparency or not?

If you have not tried this, please do so.

If you don't get transparency, then right-click on the desktop, choose "Personalize," then click on "Window Color" at the bottom of the screen. Make sure that the "Enable Transparency" checkbox is checked.

Then try loading a WB again. See if that helps!

 

Thanks Mirsguy! That fixed it. I guess it depends on if you load default from Windowblinds first before you go into Personalize and vice-versa.

 

Man, that was two major snaffs from just going into Personalize one time. Never again for me.

 

Thanks so much everyone!

Wizard1956
Reply #12 Monday, December 7, 2009 5:09 PM

That fixed it.

 for Mirsguy

RedneckDude
Reply #13 Monday, December 7, 2009 5:19 PM

Man, that was two major snaffs from just going into Personalize one time. Never again for me.

Depends on what order you do it. I use personalize to change walls. No probs. Just remember to revert back to the default win7 theme before loading a windowblind, and remember to set windowblinds back to Win 7 Aero before applying a win7 theme thru personalize. Use personalize to change walls anytime. No problems should arise from these scenarios. It's all about the order in which you do it.

karmat
Reply #14 Monday, December 7, 2009 5:38 PM

Depends on what order you do it. I use personalize to change walls. No probs. Just remember to revert back to the default win7 theme before loading a windowblind, and remember to set windowblinds back to Win 7 Aero before applying a win7 theme thru personalize. Use personalize to change walls anytime. No problems should arise from these scenarios. It's all about the order in which you do it.

Yup, you're right, I definitely won't do it again! But since I use FastStone Image Viewer (It's a great free program, check it out http://www.faststone.org/) to change walls, it's not likely that I'll go to that 'place' again!

RedneckDude
Reply #15 Monday, December 7, 2009 5:45 PM

I sometimes use Wallpaper Xchange. Made by the same peeps that make Sysmetrix, I think.   Find it here.

http://www.xymantix.com/programs/wallpaper_xchange.html

Mirsguy
Reply #16 Monday, December 7, 2009 5:59 PM

Thanks Mirsguy! That fixed it.

Glad to help, bud!

RedneckDude
Reply #17 Monday, December 7, 2009 6:12 PM

Mirsguy

Thanks Mirsguy! That fixed it.


Glad to help, bud!

Dude, .............................she's a girl. lol  

karmat
Reply #18 Monday, December 7, 2009 7:14 PM

RedneckDude

Quoting Mirsguy, reply 16
Thanks Mirsguy! That fixed it.


Glad to help, bud!

Dude, .............................she's a girl. lol  

 

  No problem! I've been called worse!

DaveBax
Reply #19 Monday, December 7, 2009 9:19 PM

Jim, she is only 5 years old. Check out the profile but hey she types good and very smart for 5.

RedneckDude
Reply #20 Monday, December 7, 2009 10:15 PM
Member Since:
2/18/2007 8:22:25 PM
Got that from her profile. Member since age 3? I dunno .........

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