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Steam VS for Windows 7 by yorgash Steam VS for Windows 7 by yorgash
A Steam themed visual style for Windows 7. (Now updated with flash and progress bar version).

(Here's a video showing how the theme should look like when fully applied)
The visual style incorporates the appearance of Steam with a functioning Windows visual style.

The theme comes with 2 substyles - aside from the default, there's an automatically centering taskbar, and a more simple one. Will be adding another style later. Taskbar is usable with small icons, and side taskbar too, though the main focus is the bottom mode.

I'll be making matching icons and templates in a later release, but for now, it uses the timeless Token icons, as it was almost a perfect match for the Steam look. I'm also planning to make a matching Rainmeter suite.
I've also made preparations for making the Pixel Vision Steam theme styles VS.


Many thanks:

The Windows 8.1 port is finished, many thanks to neiio
Steam VS for Windows 8.1

I've also made an installer to be used with 7TSP.

I've separately uploaded the 7tsp installer, since DA has some kind of problem updating the main file when zip inside zip is involved. Download from my st.ash: 

Steam VS 7TSP Installer 
Steam VS 7TSP installer


How to install:

You can install the theme using 7tsp now!
You can download 7tsp here:
Download and install 7tsp, and browse for the .7z pack inside it, then click on "Start Patching".

OR the old method
What you have to do:

- Download and install UxStyle ( OR Universal Theme Patcher.
- Copy the contents of Themes folder to \Windows\resources\themes folder.
- Apply it in personalization or double clicking .theme file you like.

Or follow this guide if you're stuck:
How to Install Custom Themes - A guide by neiio

Added basic (non-aero) styles:


To install them, just paste the 2 .theme files into \Windows\resources\themes folder.


In the package you will find:
  • The visual style
  • The wallpaper made by TheGreatJug
  • Installation guide
  • Navigation icons - explorerframe.dll
  • Clock - timedate.cpl
  • Shell style - shell32.dll
  • Start orbs - Windows and Steam orbs, with or without frames

With any questions, requests, suggestions, feedback, or help contact me:
  • Mail: 
  • Steam: yorgash
  • Skype: yorgash
  • Or leave a note here, on DA

If you like my work and want to see more, or support the making you can donate via PayPal at 
You can also purchase the Premium Content on the site as a form of donation.



Token by brsevToken IconPack Installer by Mr-Ragnarok
Steam Logo by TheGreatJug
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I personally do not run Aero on my gaming PC because I only have 1.5 GB VRAM and I use NVIDIA's Surround. That feature puts a huge strain on my VRAM availability when playing any game in Surround, thus I mentioned this to the author when I found this gem. I was not only given a quick response, like 10 minutes, but the author provided a Win 7 Basic theme within an hour of my comment, literally an hour. The only thing I wish that would be added is an option for different colors concerning the HDD remaining space. All in all this is a solid, great looking and well supported Theme, 5 Stars.
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Great theme, The only thing I did not care for was my voice communication tool bar became a little hard to read with the word being black and the back ground dark grey when the program is not selected. I.E TeamSpeak, Mumble, Ventrilo and so on. The same goes for Microsoft word and Excel being hard to work in due to the background being dark grey. However I don't feel this takes away from the over all enjoyment of this theme and its a must download if you like changing the theme on your computer. This way a great design and will be keeping a eye out for other themes to come.
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JpotatoTL2D Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great and perfect work, and making a windows theme can be pretty hard (I have tried with the windows skin builder, but it's really hard sometimes).

Making a more than complete skin like this is really a great work!

I use the Customizable Metro skin for my Steam app, then this windows theme can't go with it (and I am pretty happy with my Aero Metro 8 theme too ^^").

But I think to try it later and give a better comment ; ) 
witepawn5 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
How I can have change icons?
element0logy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Hello! I tried to apply this theme via 7tsp. Everything looks good but the wallpaper didn't change. Any ideas?
budugk Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
hello mate i really like this theme,but i hv a prob
my icon not change like on the vid
still dflt win7 icon pack..
can u help me? TIA
Acejinjo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
This very cool, though the icons for me at least didn't change (taskbar icons at least), still I love it. I usually Steam and it's great to see a theme for it making me feel my laptop is a Steam kind of PC. Haha. Thanks for making this baby!
kehres83 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  New member
Hi i am having trouble with the icons where do i get the icon pack
Lightstylez Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2015  New member
I downloaded 7tsp and the 7tsp pack from here & selected it in the program. After that i ticked Logon screen, side panel and menu start up in & patched + restarted. Everything seems to of been patched correctly apart from the login screen & menu start orb haven't changed?

Problems(Will Update as i test):
Can't see my text when typing in the "mood" section on Skype.
ZzbangNoMi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
perhaps someone could help me, i'm definitely doing something wrong but dunno what...
some things haven't changed, like the icons for files and the winamp/music player, the windows button, etc.
i wanna have this team fully applied but idk what i'm missing, yeah, i know, i'm a fuckin' noob.
can someone provide some step by step, baby steps instructions :/ or perhaps some help via teamviewer, idk...
you can contact me through my e-mail :
kehres83 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  New member
Hey where did you get the icons i cant find them.either
ZzbangNoMi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
i managed to change the windows button with that orb program but how do you change how the icons look, the token, like the icons for the browsers, chrome, firefox, etc.  or the folders for music, documents and all the rest?
this is looking really awesome by the way, i really like it, has to be one of the most beautiful themes out there, imho.
ZzbangNoMi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
ow dude, nevermind. i found the pack for the icons, i'm such a noob i thought that you made them and they came in the pack or whatever. please excuse my utter noobness, i'm very new to custom themes.
anyway, now i get it :/, thanks a lot for the theme.
CH13F1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  New member
Sorry cant read my text on browser :
yorgash Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hello! Can you tell me which browser you're using (and what site is that)?
CH13F1 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  New member
Youtube and Firefox.
Maverun Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Hi, i used to it for long time, but once in while, it bother me about this… (skype) where i cannot see text, i need to highlight them to see what i am typing, not only Skype, there was other but i cant recall. 
Do you think can you think this problem later on?

I am looking forward to GGO soon :D Keep it up!
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Am I the only one who had troubles with the installer? The themes are fine but when it rebooted it messed so much with my windows it took me a while to repair and initialize.
iceman-05 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Looks quite well elaborated, I'll give it a try on a win7 pc
Ezzquecano Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually using this. It's so cool. Congrats to you sir, I've always find hard to share someone else's like for the aesthethic looks, even more when it's about my desktop.
(BTW I had troubles at first with the taskbar, it looked different being all grey, but then I "fixed it" by changing "never combine" option at "taskbar buttons" with "always combine".)
Yeah, I use """ a lot :)

(Sorry about my english, it's not my first language).
yorgash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, thanks a lot! I'm glad you like it.

Oh yes, I designed this for uncombining taskbar buttons. 
TrueCanad1an Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yorgash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
pacomontoya Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool
yorgash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you!
ChosenSon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
If that blue was red, this would be exactly the vs I'm looking for.  Great work, nonetheless!
DeathTBO Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Will we get a Windows 10 version? If we do will it also support classic shell (or similar)?
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'll see when there's there's a stable final build. 
Until then probably each new build would get messed up.
ajwsert Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Hi there! I just wonder if you have fixed the issue with flashing buttons on taskbar. I have updated to the latest version but I just see a new style with a tiny bar that flashes. Wasn't you able to make the whole button flash. I'm used to use the simple version and the buttons don't flash with it. Still loving the theme though :)
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh true, I've totally forgotten about the basic version; I'll try to fix that one too after I'm finished with my current project. And while at it, might also make the fixed version a little bit better looking :)
ajwsert Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Looking forward for that :) Oh, I know you are busy but another little detail was missed (I think I reported it a while back): the restore button icon looks similar to maximize button, this way it's hard to tell if a window is maximized or just sized to near the whole screen. Not a big deal but worth to remind about. Also I remember an issue with 3 state checkboxes where the 3rd state looked like unchecked.
bluepengie Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2015
I love the way this theme is supposed to look. Problem is, I followed the tutorial that was in the description, and also did all the things in the howto.txts, and it still doesn't work. The Taskbar is just a dark grey version of the XP/Vista (i cant remember) taskbar, and many of the other things are not appearing. The icons, the start orb, pretty much everything except the color is not here. Is there an uber specific tutorial anywhere?
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If the taskbar looks like the classic Windows shell, just the color scheme applied (and I think the wallpaper too), that implies a missing or faulty theme patcher.

Have you installed UxStyle 

- If you didn't, go to its homepage, download and install it, then try applying the theme again.

- If you did, google on Universal Theme Patcher, restore the system files it can restore, then reinstall UxStyle

- If that fails, run UTP again, and patch the system files again

One of these should resolve that.

For the start orb:
Use this program with the png files I've provided in the 7zip archive.

For the taskbar, you manually have to replace the icons, or by a program called Taskbar Items Pinner. (I used Token icons for the theme, because they just fit; linked in description). 

More info if you still have questions:

System files (taking ownership):
bluepengie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
AWESOME! It works almost perfectly. The only thing is that the Minimize maximize and exit buttons are slightly but noticebly to the left of where they should be, and the previous and next buttons in explorer are still default. But these are minor problems, and this is my first time installing custom themes, so that's probably my fault. But great theme man, looks really good. Looking forward to the SAO one.
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you! :)

I might just have found a way to fix those caption buttons, will later try it.

The navigation icons (next, prev, etc in explorer windows) are part of explorerframe.dll, they can be changed by replacing that file (\Windows\system32\explorerframe.dll) with the one I've included.

I'm really close to finishing the SAO theme, if all goes well will be done with its initial release today (Sunday here).
nicroart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Hello, I thank you very much for this theme i am using it since you released it. 
So you´ve updated it recently but i don´t find any diference. Is there something i should notice ? 
As always your themes are great and this is your best one :) 
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
First of all: thank you!

If I recall correctly, I've added a version that more or less works together with flash and progress bars for the taskbar items. I've made them a while ago though, just forgot I did until recently.

Also added a video to show people - who might not be sure if they applied it correctly or not - how the theme is supposed to look. 
Digeridooo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, i tried installing the white pack, and when i restarted my computer i couldn't log on to windows and got a message saying ''The program can't start because SHELL32.dll is missing from your computer'' what could cause this problem? i have service pack one
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer

Typically there are 2 scenarios when this happens; 

1.) If you replace the wrong shell32.dll. For 32-bit you have to use the one inside the "x86" folder, and copy that shell32.dll into your System32 folder. For 64-bit systems you have to use the one inside "x64" folder, and copy that one into the System32 folder, and not the SysWOW64!

2.) You might have your anti-virus catching the file and deleting it. Since you take ownership and permission of a system file, your anti-virus might detect it as malicious intent initiated by a 3rd party, and quarantine -> delete your new shell32.dll, leaving you with the renamed shell32 (that will not be recognized by the system after you restart) and no actual shell32.dll file.

If you are sure you used the right dll file, you might try replacing the file again with anti-virus turned off, making sure you have the shell32.dll after you copy it (check if it is inside the folder like it should).
Starkiteckt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work my friend! Looks stunning. Been searching for something like this for a while now.
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you like it! 
lfa666 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I just instaled this theme and this is happening to me.  I dont know how to fix it. Only for Run Dialog Box as far as I know. I couldn't remove it with instaling theme with a different method either
yorgash Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hello there!

The Run... dialog is indeed not fixed; that fault is on me.

Do you use it often? I might fix it fast if you need it badly, just currently I'm a bit behind schedule with other works.
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