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NEXTLevel by Vathanx NEXTLevel by Vathanx
...the wait is over!
From now you can enjoy my newest visual style for Vista :D

Bring your desktop to the next level with the NEXTLevel!


Package contains:

NEXTLevel visual style in 2 versions:
modern taskbar
alternate classic taskbar

Matching nature wallpaper (dual monitor versions available):

| Ryan


Quick Guide:

To use custom visual styles you need to patch your system, via VistaGlazz or TuneUp Utilities

Next unpack 'NEXTLevel' folder to 'C:\Windows\Resources\Themes' (where C is the partition with Windows installed)

Now you can change the visual style by clicking any .msstyle file, or via 'Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization\Window Color and Appearance'

Click here for the full installation guide

I want to thank very much ~Michel8170 for his help and support

Also ~patrickgs for the help,

~UkIntel & ~psycoB for their great work on HEX reserching

And thank goes to Mando for allowing me to use his wallpaper.

Some parts of this theme are inspired by Thallos VS, a beautiful theme for Windows XP by `-kol

Check out THIS custom shellstyle if you prefer topshell.

Check out also THIS sidebar skin to get more NEXTLevel.

Click here to get official NEXTLevel skin for the ObjectDock

Click here to get official NEXTLevel skin for the RocketDock

Update v1.1:

27-03-08 -> NEXTLevel has been updated - I've included the most requested "features" such as "new" classic taskbar with custom orb and transparency on maximized windows :D

Check update log below for full information.

NEW - version with classic taskbar + custom orb
NEW - transparency in maximized windows
CHANGED - overlay images in Alt+Tab menu
CHANGED - background image when dragging files in Explorer
CHANGED - redesigned sidebar of classic Save/Open file window

NEXTLevel has been featured as DD :D Big thanks to ~chalkley3 for suggestion and `manicho for featuring :nod:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
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Given 2007-12-15
As the suggestion note said, "~Vathanx has obviously put a lot of work into NEXTLevel and as a result has produced a stand-out item for the sparsely-populated vista skins gallery. Making vista skins is not easy due to the lack of tools, and we need to encourage more people like him to help get the ball rolling". I have nothing else to say than "amazing!". The best VS for Vista I've seen so far. ( Suggested by chalkley3 and Featured by mauricioestrella )
rkmugen Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
This theme/visual style is BEAUTIFUL! Though I have to admit that the taskbar doesn't look to great against a pitch-black wallpaper, which i usually prefer to use.... having said that, it looks great with lighter-colored wallpapers.
kaikosoku Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Question: Wheres da download link
BalkanskiSuperModel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i had this theme for windows 7 so if its not a problem to give me a link pls...
manurie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is awesome but my lower preview panel don't show .. please help :(

here: [link]
athreyakb Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
EyesOfARaven Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
You really should port this to 7, wouldn't take too much work (and will make it easier to port to 8 soon enough).
rudykaya Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hold on man i didn't know you were a beast
Ishfwilf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Thank you
Samystic Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
how to change the title bar in Vista Builder???
Samystic Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
can you please let me know how to change the titlebar image in Vistabuilder??
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