howto make Vista WMP 11 look like XP WMP 11?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Rob Redbeard, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. Rob Redbeard

    Rob Redbeard Guest

    I really liked the appearance (black) of WMP 11 when I installed it on my XP
    machine. Even after the installation, I was really taken back by how much
    better it looked than other incarnations of WMP. Something about the black
    framing didn't interfere with the colors in my videos and really looked

    I was really disappointed that WMP11 on Vista uses the transparent Aero
    frames.. Aero looks good for my other applications, but I want my XP WMP11
    look back! Even setting my aero colors to carbon isn't enough. It really
    still has poor looks - more control in general over WMP's non-skinned
    appearance would be great! I don't like any of the skins I've seen. I just
    want a professional, black WMP11. What do I do??

    Rob Redbeard, Apr 6, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Roll back to Windows XP.

    Unfortunately, the lack of personalization is pandemic in Windows Vista.
    After 11 and a half years of pushing personalization as a good thing,
    Microsoft has changed their mind and now are pushing standardization for much
    of the UI of Windows Vista and other Microsoft applications.

    Dale, Apr 7, 2007
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  3. Rob Redbeard

    Rob Redbeard Guest

    Well, until someone makes the Office and Live Messenger guys and girls do the
    same (and they are absolutely not using the standardized interface), I don't
    see why adding the option (OPTION) to use or not use the aero bars on the
    General tab of the options dialog would be such a sin against all that is
    wholly or partly transparent. At least a skin that changes the interface
    back would be nice! Having a lot of color noise around a moving visual image
    is not good. There is a reason most TV sets are black. The black in WMP 11
    should be viewed as a functional component, not just decoration.

    Thanks for the comment, maybe someone will fight for this, if not and WMP
    must be ugly, I only recently switched ...

    Rob Redbeard, Apr 7, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    I've long felt that the transparent borders of Aero are a bad idea. The
    border of a window is used visually to focus a user's attention to the task
    at hand. It clearly defines a distinction between what the user wants to see
    and what the user specifically wants not to see. Aero blurs that distinction
    and makes using Vista a more tiring and wearing experience. Luckily, you can
    turn off the transparent borders and fix that issue.

    Dale, Apr 7, 2007
  5. Rob Redbeard

    Rob Redbeard Guest

    So would it be a copyright infringment to make a skin for wmp11/vista that
    looks exactly like wmp11/xp? Adding this option to wmp11 seems as natural
    has having the "classic windows" theme in Vista.

    Rob Redbeard, Apr 9, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Well, I suppose an attorney or Microsoft would have to answer that but I
    think it is a heck of a good idea. I can't imagine that Microsoft would
    complain but who knows. I think you should go for it. It would be very

    Dale, Apr 9, 2007
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    Travis King Guest

    If you think WMP looks ugly with Aero, try with Vista Basic or Classic -
    then it really looks ugly. They definitely should have brought back the
    WMP11 XP appearance for WMP11 for Vista Basic & Classic at the very least.
    Travis King, Apr 10, 2007
  8. Rob Redbeard

    Travis King Guest

    Setting it to graphite (I'm assuming that's what you meant by carbon)
    isn't good enough? When you set it to graphite, did you also bring up the
    intensity to the max? If you bring the intensity up to the maximum, it will
    be even darker. Once you brought the intensity to the maximum, make WMP the
    active window and see how it looks now. If it's still not good enough, then
    disable Aero's transparencies.
    If you still aren't happy, then try watching your videos or playing your
    music with WMP11 maximized - when Aero has a window maximized, it loses the
    transparencies on that window and the task bar, and it makes the borders
    considerably darker - in fact, when you have it set to graphite and
    maximized, the borders are completely black. After that if you're still not
    satisfied, you are pretty much out of luck.

    Below is a screenshot with WMP set to graphite with maximum intensity...
    Travis King, Apr 10, 2007
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