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Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja
Deviants! If you're running one of the previous alphas of are alternate links to Beta 1 ...


If not then I think I'd better introduce it properly. Get ready for a long one =) (Smile)

You gotta try it! It may be a bit uncomfortable at first but please give it a day at least, bit of a change is good for you =) (Smile)

Some quick mentions...
- It was originally inspired by "The Sentinel" Windows Media Player skin by the The Skins Factory, I trust you all know where that is.
- Big thanks to all those Neowin(.net)ians, HardwareGeeks(.com) and others who've helped and encouraged me!!!
- The wallpaper was HEAVILY inspired by that wicked sphere at [link] and by Hugo Boss (InMotion cologne) (not that I use it =) (Smile)

Some Facts:

- I think I've spent the longest time ever on this one!
- Sorry vertical taskbar users, it didn't make it to beta-1. Next release, promise!
- There are 14 color schemes most of them are based on a light color but a few, namely 'Black2', 'Deviant' and 'Graphite' are dark, greta at night but I don't recommend using them for too'll affect your mood =) (Smile) !
- Some of the color schemes from the MMD3 Winamp3 skin match some of these color schemes really well
- The visual style is just about complete, still need to do vertical taskbar, logonUI cursors, shell32 animations and icons
- All the images have been optimized so don't worry about performance


I had to split the .msstyle into two cos my StyleBuilder compiles a max of 10 color schemes per .msstyle file.
You need to first install the 'Bank Gothic Medium BT' font (included)

There are two ways to run it,

1 - You can extract everything to a folder and go double-clicking all the .msstyle files and manually change color schemes and matching wallpapers or you can

2 - Extract all the .theme files and 'Sentinel_A' and 'Sentinel_B' folders to your %WINDIR%\Resources\themes\ folder and select the color schemes from Display Properties, this way is quicker but it takes up a lot of space on your themes list and you'll most probably loose your cursor and the default desktop icon settings

Here are the Commandments to obey when using Sentinel:

- Though shallt use ONLY Normal Size fonts
- Though shallt NOT use large icons in the quick launch area
- Use ClearType font smoothing, otherwise titlebar fonts look blocky
- Disable the 'Address' Toolbar from your taskbar cos it throws it off sync when you're using multiple-line taskbars.
- Disable the 'Language Bar' from the taskbar (ugly)

Thats it!

I really like it and I hope that you will too! Please post your opinions and be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or bug reports.


If you're willing and able, any donations would be GREATLY appreciated! - [link] -> ""
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Given 2002-11-17
Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja is one of the best, and most original, Visual Styles for Windows XP that I have ever seen. I really dig the stylish start menu and the metallic tones. chaninja is definitely one of the best of the breed in the Visual Style category and this shows why! (Selected by $jark) ( Featured by jark )
GrayhorseRetired Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Great Job!
I am a NUT for Orange and black and can tolerate red and yellow.
You have done a great design and offered colors too.
I have enjoyed a lot of your work and hope you continue.
thank you for this one!
Grayhorse Retired
DeMoNBL4dE Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
good job!
7dudes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
great work ...please make this theme for win 7
7dudes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
great job...please make this theme for win7
kkarllos Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Great job....
mcwurth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great visual style but: and this is probably my system: when i reboot my system it comes up without this VS except the colorscheme is set to this style. any idea why this could be?
ISigh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
dont know how to instal it + only have Sentinel_B1 not Sentinel_A [link]
samsmudpucker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
I like sentinel (red) very much and use it in XP-32
Now also have XP-64 but doesn't work, but will keep trying.
adni18 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Excellent work! :thumbsup:
M5000 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I love this style, like no lie. I had it installed on my older XP computer but I don't use that anymore, is there ANY way you can somehow adapt this to be a Vista theme? If you do, I will worship you forever. This is like the only theme I can find that's even close to my current aspirations for my visual style: Dark with blue accents. And if you can't adapt it, that's fine I'm just saying that a Vista adaptation would be greatly enjoyed.
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