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Ambient Vista Port by Satukoro Ambient Vista Port by Satukoro
Original XP: [link]
Thanks to ~tornado5 for submitting such great art =D
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Included:
+ Ambient Visual Style
+ Ambient Explorer.exe

Explorer.exe is required for the user picture border and the logoff buttons.
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Instructions for explorer.exe: *Note! Read ALL steps before you attempt.*

1: Download TakeControlb2.zip and extract.

2: Open the program and select 'Add'. Navigate to 'C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe' and then select 'Take Control'. It will process the file.

3: Open up explorer (:windows:+E) and navigate to 'C:\WINDOWS\'. Find explorer.exe and rename it to 'explorer.exe.bak' (or something that represents a backup file. don't worry, your original explorer hasn't been altered) and copy+paste the 'explorer.exe' included in this .zip

4: Hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open up the Task Manager. Under the processes tab, right click 'explorer.exe' and click end process.

5: While still in Task Manager, click 'File' > 'New Task (Run...)' and in the box, type 'explorer'.
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Any problems, post.
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:iconthevistas2004:
TheVistas2004 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Interface Designer
:iconyay-plz: thanks to winabpc1564 for giving me the link
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:iconhamedsp:
hamedsp Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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:icona4x7:
A4X7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
could u port it to win7? need very much..
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:iconsimplexdesignsart:
SimplexDesignsART Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wish I could help you with that, Im currently working on a 8 port for tornado5, the original creator :D [link] I have moved to windows 8, im sure the person that posted this vista port will be able to make it for 7.
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:iconchromax:
CHROMAX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
One of the best themes for XP and Vista.

Does this also works with Win7?
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:iconchromax:
CHROMAX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
in Win7 its not working :crying:
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:iconsimplexdesignsart:
SimplexDesignsART Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this creator will have to port it to 7 as the theme format is different.
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:iconakashdeepjabandar:
AkashdeepJabandar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Oh wow, this is amazing! My main PC is still using XP Pro because I'm old and hate change, luckily Ambient at least gives me something nice to look at when I'm using it. Ambient is like good food for the eyes for me, it's perfect - so restful, complete and harmonious. Unfortunately my laptop came with Vista and I can't be bothered down(UP!)-grading it to XP, or up(meh)-grading it to Windows 7 so I'm stuck with ... the default visual style Aero, my visual nemesis - I DESPISE IT!!! I'll leave it at that because I could write an essay about horrible I think it is - but I want to thank you for both the actual port and also the extra work you put in to make sure it all worked properly - your effort has given me enormous pleasure, er ... anyway, I keep looking at my laptop, I've hardly used it since I bought it, that might change now it's looking awesome ... Thanks again!
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:iconchromax:
CHROMAX Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I had a similar problem because I needed a 32bit XP but with 4GB RAM. I found Windows 2003 Server Edition. Its just a better XP, fully compatible. 32bit with full 4GB RAM.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
:la:
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Hm, I'm only finding how to install it like how I did. Nothing about basic. What do you use? I'll give that a go.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I use the standard windows theme application.
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Hm, this time I simply double clicked the style file and applied it and it's definitely improved, but the start button still seems to have an issue [link] I guess it's because I didn't do the explorer switching thing, but I always get that dll error, so I'm really not sure what to do. Could you tell me what you do specifically? Sorry for taking your time with all my questions, I really appreciate the help.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
are you on x86 or 32 bit windows vista?
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
32 bit windows vista.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
i dont see why it wont work then

are you using an english version?
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Yeah.
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
How would I apply it normally? Sorry, I'm a noob at installing themes. I usually just use Tune Up utilities to use the styles.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
In Tune Up, just select basic.
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Hm, sorry don't see it anywhere on there.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I'm not quite sure how, but I do know that it's possible. I don't use TuneUp Utilities myself, so I don't know. Although, trying this link may work: [link]
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Well, I think I might be screwing up on step 3: Open up explorer (:windows:+E) and navigate to 'C:\WINDOWS\'. I'm really not sure what to open, so I just open a folder and navigate there myself. Would that be fine? If not then what is it that I have to use to navigate there? And afterward, do I just use the style that came with it and it should work? I am currently using the style, but all that's not working is the start menu, as seen here [link]
Sorry for writing a storm :/
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Navigating there yourself would be fine because all :windows: + E does is open My Computer.

Also, you appear to be using the style in Aero mode. As this is a Basic style, I suggest you apply it normally for an ideal experience.
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:iconfl00tenkerp:
FL00TENKERP Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I'm trying to install the theme, but whenever windows tries to use the explorer.exe that came with the download, I get the error 'The ordinal 874 could not be located in the dynamic library link SHELL32.dll.' Any idea what I could have done wrong?

I run take control as administrator, take control of the original file, rename it so I know it's a backup, then end the process of explorer.exe, and then I type explorer in new task, but I get that error. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Er... I'm not quite sure what went wrong, can you try explaining in more detail?
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:iconrupeeclock:
Rupeeclock Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Great Visual Style, I can use this without using Windows Blinds too.
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:iconf4lc0n-6:
F4lc0N-6 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
I think this is the skin/theme they used for computers they used as props in TNT's series "Leverage": [link]

If you watch the show I'm sure you might've had speculations. But hey, your faymus if that was your skin on the show. :laughing:


Anyway, great theme. Using the XP version now. :)
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:iconopc100:
opc100 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Brilliant, goes very nicely with tango icons.
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:iconbillishere:
BilliShere Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
dude this theme itself but in aero would be awesome! can you please change this theme just a bit so that it works with aero? i want to be able to use live previews, flip 3d, etc...
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
No.
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:iconrosebrownstone:
rosebrownstone Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
good port, but i support the request for normal shutdown buttons
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
I'm working on it, I haven't had the chance to fix it just yet.
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:iconjohnnyftw:
johnnyftw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Hello! love the port but I'm noticing that the tray icons are a little off.. they need to be pushed down a little to align with the clock!
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:icondpcdpc11:
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
awesome... just awesome.. for some reason it looks much better on Vista than on Xp...
one request though... could this kind of theme be made aero compatible? using vista without aero it's kinda loosing it's touch!
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:iconredrumy3:
redrumy3 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
any chance for regular shutdown buttons on this yet :P Really like this one lol
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Yeah, my computer is having network issues, so I can't really update VS's...
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:iconredrumy3:
redrumy3 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
is there anyway for you to make this using regular shutdown buttons so i don't need to replace the explorer, nice work keep on porting love to see more xp stuff ported to vista :)
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Ahh crap, I didn't think of that. I'll fix the shutdown buttons since they're a hassle.
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:iconredrumy3:
redrumy3 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
:) that would be awesome :D
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:iconcr7network:
Cr7NeTwOrK Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
great
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:iconwstv-news-23:
Wstv-News-23 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hey satukoro... i love the way you compacted the stuff! ... is it possible for you to make a visual style that originates from windows classic? because for my visual style... it would look better to have the classic style shutdown /logoff buttons
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:iconsonic4000:
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It dosn't working when im trying to apply it dunno why O.o" My OS: Vista Business SP1
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Are you able to apply any other visual styles? If so, then it is a problem with the theme in itself. I haven't received any other complaints, so, I'll get back to you.

Also, what exactly happens when you try to apply it?
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:iconsonic4000:
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Any other Visual Style is working, and here is exactly what happens when i try to apply it => [link]
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Have you tried re-downloading it?
(if you've done the above step)
Go to C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\ and you'll see the folder amb. Rename the folder to Ambient or something. Then, go into the folder you just renamed and rename amb.msstyles to the same thing that you renamed the folder to. So, if you renamed the folder to Ambient, then the visual should be called Ambient.msstyles. Yes, the name is case-sensitive.
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:iconsonic4000:
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i din how you say here and now it's working ;)
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
If you re-download the file, all is well. It turned out to be a problem with Vista Style Builder. I've fixed an entry in a settings.ini file so that the program works correctly.
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:iconsonic4000:
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Btw. My OS is 32bit version ;)
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:icontesterpedro:
TesterPedro Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
confiming this bug, i have the same problem, VHomePremium x64
the same thing is with Visty Pro Port & Visty Shadow Port ... every other is working but these latest work of you are different.
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:iconsatukoro:
Satukoro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Fixed, please re-download.
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