JSI Tip 8654. How I fixed my invisible vertical scroll bar by installing the Energy Blue (Royale) theme?


My Windows XP vertical scroll bar had been nearly invisible on all my Windows XP computers, and I had been unable to resolve the problem.

Microsoft has released an Energy Blue theme for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, but it wouldn't install on regular Windows XP.

I scripted EnergyBlue.bat to force installation on Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home.

After configuring the theme, my vertical scroll bar is visible on all my computers.

The EnergyBlue.bat file contains:

@echo off
If \{%1\}==\{\} @echo Syntax: EnergyBlue DownloadFolder&goto :EOF
if not exist %1 @echo EnergyBlue %1 not found.&goto :EOF
setlocal
set xfold=%~1#
set xfold=%xfold:\#=%
set xfold=%xfold:#=%
pushd "%xfold%"
if not exist WindowsXP-TabletPC-EnergyBlueTheme-x86-ENU.exe @echo WindowsXP-TabletPC-EnergyBlueTheme-x86-ENU.exe does NOT exist in "%xfold%"&endlocal&goto :EOF
WindowsXP-TabletPC-EnergyBlueTheme-x86-ENU.exe /U /X:"%TEMP%"
popd
MD %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\homestead
MD %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\metallic
MD %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\normalcolor
MD %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\royale
MD %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\wallpaper
copy "%TEMP%\royale.theme" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\*.*
copy "%TEMP%\royale.msstyles" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\*.*
copy "%TEMP%\shellstyle.dll" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\homestead\*.*
copy "%TEMP%\shellstyle.dll" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\metallic\*.*
copy "%TEMP%\shellstyle.dll" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\normalcolor\*.*
copy "%TEMP%\shellstyle.dll" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\shell\royale\*.*
copy "%TEMP%\energybliss.jpg" %SystemRoot%\resources\themes\royale\wallpaper\*.*
endlocal
To install and configure the Energy Blue theme on Windows XP:

1. Download the Energy Blue Theme Pack.

2. Open a CMD.EXE window and type:

EnergyBlue "DownloadFolder"

Where DownloadFolder is the folder path that contains the downloaded WindowsXP-TabletPC-EnergyBlueTheme-x86-ENU.exe file.

3. Right-click a blank area of your desktop and press Properties.

4. Select the Appearance tab.

5. Select the second Windows XP theme and press Apply.

6. Select the Theme tab.

7. Select Energy Blue.

8. Press Apply and OK

NOTE: You may have to select the second Windows XP theme on the Theme tab first, and press Apply, to get the Royale Color scheme to be displayed on the Appearance tab.



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