Customize Windows 8 Charms Bar With My WCP CharmBar Customizer

When Redmond based tech giant first unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the reaction was somewhat mixed from users and critics alike. Some would even call the OS being doomed, as Microsoft has revamped the operating system we all loved since childhood. Metro UI is so far the biggest step forward MS has taken, which merge both desktop and tablet use. As the OS is hybrid, its optimized for both desktops and touch screen devices. Even though the company excluded some useful features in Windows 8 (Windows Start Orb, for instance), some new additions have also been made, making the OS appealing as a whole. Among the various new toolbars and options included in the Windows 8, Charms Bar is one of the major additions to the UI. It changes the way we interact with the system and access different options. You can read a detailed review of the Windows 8 Charms Bar. Microsoft has aimed to increase the usability of Windows, but has not included options to edit the UI much, other than the basic Start Screen color and wallpaper texture options. However, you don’t need be worried much as My WCP CharmBar Customizer can do this for you. It is a portable tweaking tool for the Windows 8 Charms Bar that lets you customize the way it looks. Read on to find out more about how it works.

When you run the application for the first time, the SmartScreen will prevent the software from running because of being an unrecognized app (most of Windows UAC feature from preceding OS versions). Select More info and then Run anyway to start the application.

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The software has all the options on the main interface, and you don’t have to deal with complex options to customize your Charms Bar. From the Default, Hover (Light) and Hover (Dark) options, you can set each icon to a custom image. Just click the default icon in the tool and select the new image to replace it. You can also set the Background Color, Text Color and Icon Hover background of the Time and Date notification and Charms Bar. If you are an advanced user, you can also manually edit the UI File.


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Stating the obvious, My WCP CharmBar Customizer works on Windows 8 only. Its a neat solution to quickly customize the CharmsBar the way you want it. Testing was done on 64-bit Consumer Preview version of the said OS.

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  • abuscus

    i got below error.. pls help

    ***************
    See the end of this message for details on invoking
    just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): The specified resource name cannot be found in the image file
    at   .(IntPtr ,    ,    , UInt16 )
    at   .(String ,    ,    , UInt16 )
    at   .     (String )
    at My_WCP_CharmBar_Customizer.Form1.()
    at My_WCP_CharmBar_Customizer.Form1.(Object , EventArgs )
    at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    ************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    mscorlib
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.18010 built by: FX45RTMGDR
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v4.0.30319/mscorlib.dll
    —————————————-
    My WCP CharmBar Customizer
    Assembly Version: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.0.0
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Users/cxz/Downloads/Programs/My_WCP_CharmBar_Customizer.exe
    —————————————-
    Microsoft.VisualBasic
    Assembly Version: 10.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 11.0.50709.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/v4.0_10.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll
    —————————————-
    System
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.18016 built by: FX45RTMGDR
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Core
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Core/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Core.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Windows.Forms
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Drawing
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Drawing.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Runtime.Remoting
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Runtime.Remoting.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Configuration
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Configuration/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Configuration.dll
    —————————————-
    System.Xml
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Xml.dll
    —————————————-
    zx_a07e5d34ea41479eadc762bc21101488
    Assembly Version: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.0.0
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Users/cxz/Downloads/Programs/My_WCP_CharmBar_Customizer.exe
    —————————————-
    System.Web
    Assembly Version: 4.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 4.0.30319.17929 built by: FX45RTMREL
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.Net/assembly/GAC_64/System.Web/v4.0_4.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Web.dll
    —————————————-

    ************** JIT Debugging **************
    To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
    application or computer (machine.config) must have the
    jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
    The application must also be compiled with debugging
    enabled.

    For example:

    When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
    will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
    rather than be handled by this dialog box.

  • Daniel

    I have the same error as abuscus. It says it is a microsoft .net framework error. It says this when i open the application;

    “Unhandled exception has occured in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click Quit, the application will close immediately.
    The specified resource name cannot be found in the image file.”

    When I click continue it opens the application, but does not work correctly. None of he images show up correct and the colors are wrong. It has an affect when i apply new settings, but the affect is pretty random and freezes in the process. Any help would be appreciated.