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Windows 10 Customization – By EposVox

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  1. Windows 10 Customization – EposVox (Tutorial and Walkthrough/Tour coming soon!)

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    1. Downloads & Tools

    2. Windows Changes

  • Disable Cortana, Search bar

  • Taskbar to top of screen

  • Combine Taskbar buttons when it is full

  • Re-Enable Windows Photo Viewer (how)

    1. Third-Party Programs

    1. Theme Sources


  1. How To/Guide

BEFORE YOU BEGIN! Make a system restore point!!! (how to)

    1. Windows Settings

  • Right-Click your taskbar and go to Settings

  • Change “Taskbar Location on Screen” to “Top”

  • Change “Combine Taskbar Buttons” to “When Taskbar is full”

  • Make sure the other settings match this screenshot.

  • Right-Click your taskbar and disable Cortana and/or the search bar if you wish.

  • Install Core Temp if you want the system tray temperature indicators.

  • Install 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and match your settings to this screenshot if you want yours to work like mine. (More detailed tutorial)

  • Download and run OldNewExplorer to change your explorer look and feel. (Or try a replacement like Clover (buggy as hell on Windows 10), Directory Opus, or OneCommander. NOTE: These may not mesh with the themeing well, depending on your system.)

  • Download and un-zip your cursor. I chose Obsidian Cursor.

    • Right-click the .inf file and click “Install.”

    • Then open the Control Panel, search for “pointer” and click “Change how the Pointer looks and feels.”

    • Choose your cursor from the menu and accept the prompt.

    • (More detailed video on how to install cursors)

    • Keep in mind: The Windows theme may change/reset your cursor. You will need to go back to this menu and choose it again after applying the theme.

  • Reboot

  • Re-enable Windows Photo Viewer if you prefer it to the Windows 10 “Photos” app (how)

      1. Start Menu Customization

  • Download Classic Shell and customize the start menu to your liking, or leave it alone

    • Replace the Start Orb with one of your choosing. I used Edge Start Orb

  • Alternatively, Start is Back is recommended by the Arc Theme people as a simple Start Menu replacement.

      1. Arc Theme: Operating System?

This step depends heavily on your operating system.

  • Windows 7/8/8.1 – Use UltraUXThemePatcher or UxStyle


    • Run UxStyle Patch

    • Reboot

    • Rename the default C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero\aerolite.msstyles to aerolite.msstyles.backup (you will need to take ownership of the file) (how to add “Take Ownership” to the right-click menu)

    • Make a new folder in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero\ called aerolite.msstyles

    • Put your selected theme folder in the aerolite.msstyles folder C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\aero\aerolite.msstyles\

    • Select your theme from the personalization menu.

    • More detailed instructions

  • Windows 10 ANNIVERSARY UPDATE (an onwards)

    • Run UxStyle Patch

    • Reboot

    • Copy the arc theme folder to the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ folder and choose it from the Personalization menu!

    • Re-apply your cursor theme. (See above)

    • To fix Taskbar/Start Menu/UWP App colors:

      • Right-Click your Desktop and choose “Personalize”

      • Click on “Colors”

      • Pick a color to match your Windows theme.

      • (This did not change properly for me.)

    • Also, choose/re-apply your desired wallpapers. I use a folder of wallpapers (mostly from Wallhaven) and have it set to alternate every 10-30 minutes. The “Fill” selection makes them all fit to your monitor without stretching or black bars.

    1. Arc Icons

  • Download and un-zip the Arc Icons pack

  • Look at the icons and choose “Regular” or “Symbolic”

  • Rename either “” or “” so that the file extension is “.exe” instead of “.ee”

  • Double-click your .exe and run the icon patcher.

    • (The ReadMe file has instructions for uninstallation.)

    1. Dock

  • Download and install your dock of choice. I used Nexus Dock

  • Customize the Dock to your liking.

  • To change icons, right click dock item, “Dock Entry Properties” and “Change Icon.”

    • For my icons, I just Googled “flat icon” for every program.

  • Sub-docks/”Stacks” are a paid feature of Winstep/Nexus. I do not recommend paying for this! Try Object Dock or a Stack docklet for RocketDock instead.

      1. Misc.

  • Apply custom Browser themes to match.

  • You might want to enable “Dark mode” themes for Windows 10-specific menus or UWP apps. I don’t like this, I left it alone.

  • You may want to change the colors of your Office program to match. I made the background of LibreOffice darker grey to match.

  • The Terminal icon is for the Windows 10 Command Prompt. I use it a lot.

  • The Ubuntu Icon is for the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows subsystem. I also use it a lot.

  • The Linux Tux (penguin) icon is a shortcut to directly launch a Linux VirtualBox.

  • The YouTube icon is a “stack” or sub-dock for all of my production programs.

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