I've discussed this concept (using older themes) before, but I'm having a problem now that I haven't had before; I'm hoping someone can help me with it.
I'll confess that there are many older themes (pre-WinXP) that I really like. Some beautiful, creative things were done in the early days, which unfortunately were never ported into the modern taskbar world. With most of these themes, the main problem is simply that the taskbar/notification_area don't exist, and are rendered in some random fashion. As a result, I use the old themes for a short time, then revert to a modern, working theme.
Well, today, I loaded up a *really* lovely old theme called Alibaba... Wow, I *adore* that wooden, Roman-style theme... however, I'm having three problems with it; I would be *intensely* grateful if someone could help me solve problem 1, but would appreciate assistance with the other two as well:
1. I cannot run Explorer at all !!! No matter *how* I try to run it; desktop icon, taskbar icon, run from console, run from Start Menu search field, or open some other program, and double-click on c:\Windows\explorer.exe, I get the same result; a momentary busy cursor, then nothing. I checked Event Viewer, didn't see any entries which correlated to this event.
2. The taskbar is, of course, not rendered in a meaningful fashion. I can try copying the taskbar from some other theme, though (a) the result won't be "thematic", so to speak, and (b ) I tried doing that in the past, and couldn't really get it to work.
3. When I open any dialog boxes which have checkboxes or radiobuttons, the actual checkbox is completely blank ! This is an issue that I've had in the past with certain other themes, don't know what causes that.
Can anyone give me advice on fixing one, or all, of these issues?? At *least* help me fix #1, which is preventing me from using the theme at all (since so many other applications are derived from Explorer).
Windowblinds 10.5 (029 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64-bit OS
OS: Windows 7 64-bit, all updates applied
Intel Core i7-3820
GPU: NVidia GTX 980, current driver, Geforce Experience is *not* running
Classic Shell V4.3.0