How to install the Windows Mobile 7 skin on your Smartphone

After a lot of messing around, I’ve finally figured it out. I hope this saves you some time.

Windows Mobile Smartphone with Windows Mobile 7 skin

NOTE: I can only confirm for sure that this will work on the HTC S621. I’m confident that it would work on the S620 (Dash) as well. As for other Smartphones – check to make sure your phone is supported before installing any of the software mentioned below. It should work. I have read that the MotoQ will lock up and requires a hard reset to be fixed, unless you use the exact version of SmartMonitor that I link to in this tutorial.

  1. Though you have to install several pieces of software, all of them are free. Just thought I should mention that up front.
  2. Download and install SmartToolKit – which by itself is still my absolute favorite software for Windows Mobile.
  3. Download and install SmartMonitor.
  4. Download the WM7 Theme. Upload it to your device and install it.
  5. Launch SmartToolKit on your Smartphone, if it isn’t running already.
  6. Launch SmartMonitor on your Smartphone, if it isn’t running already.
  7. Click Start and arrow over to the Control Panel
  8. SmartToolKit start panel

  9. Select Appearance
  10. SmartToolKit start panel

  11. Select WM7 from the Skin menu. Click OK

    SmartToolKit start panel

  12. Go to Settings -> Home Screen -> and select Windows Mobile 7 as the Home screen layout.
  13. Yes you’ll have a weird “black circle” – that’s supposed to be a clock but the clock is a bit redundant (imo), and not free. If you really want the analogue clock, install the Clock Plugin, which costs $4.95. If you’d like, continue with step 12 to remove the (non-functional) black circle/clock entirely. If you don’t care about a black circle on your home screen, you’re done!
  14. Dock your Smartphone and copy the file windows mobile 7.home.xml from the \Application Data\Home\ folder to somewhere on your PC.
  15. Open the .xml file in Notepad and scroll down to the —Madbeetle Plugin— section. Delete it, and save the file.
  16. windows notepad editing an xml file
    click to enlarge

  17. Now copy that file back to the \Application Data\Home\ folder. When asked if you want to over-write the existing file, choose Yes.
  18. On your Smartphone go to the folder \Application Data\Home\NRGWM7\ and rename the file titled wm7_clean.png to something like wm7_clean-old.png (so you’ll always have a backup copy of it). Now download this updated PNG (also seen below), and place it in the \Application Data\Home\NRGWM7\ folder.
  19. windows mobile 7 skin without the analogue clock

  20. Change your Home screen to something else, and then change it back to Windows Mobile 7. That will refresh the background picture used by the WM7 theme, and the “clock” will be gone. Your smartphone should look something like the screenshot below.
  21. Windows Mobile Smartphone with Windows Mobile 7 skin

32 thoughts on “How to install the Windows Mobile 7 skin on your Smartphone”

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  2. Excelente, Socio, funciono a la perfeccion en mi HP IPAQ 510, habia probado otro que se creo entre todos en un foro para mi modelo de Smarthphone, es bonito igual, pero este le saca provecho al SmartMonitor….

    Saludos XD

  3. Hola excelente pero no funciono con un smartphone con pantalla portrait (portaretrato) tines alguna idea como podria configurarlo.

    Gracias.

    Saludos.

  4. Screws up the Moto Q9c. I loved the SmartToolkit but that’s the only thing that doesn’t work. The rest of the theme and SmartMonitor works! Now only if SmartToolKit wouldn’t crash my phone!

  5. Hi every one,
    I am using HTC HD and wish to transform into WM7 skin. But unfortunately, neither smart kit nor monitor are working. Any advice?

    Thanks in advance

  6. hola oie tengo un sagem my sy y si instale el programa pero el sikn cuando lo trato de instalar me dice fallo de instalacion baje todo lo que indica arriba y no consigo hacerlo me podrias ayudar ocupo el windows 2003

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  8. hola gustaria saber si el windows mobile se puede instalar en una palm treo 750 y si esta en español? windows mobile

  9. Olá caros amigos, tenho um I-mate Jamin que é igual ao Qteck s200 e gostaria de saber de irá funcionar no meu Pda pois o Windows mobile 5 que possuo já se encontra algo ultrapassado e como o pda trabalha bém e gosto bastante dele, gostava de o melhora. Gpstava de obter uma ajuda vossa.

    Obrigado Luis Tomás.

  10. yeeeeeea mano sos lo maximo y si sambes explicar me funciono re bien en mi smartphone i321n gracias y otra pregunta no sabes si hay otros estilos por casualidad esque yo habia probado el ifonz y no me funciono gracias.

  11. I got it on my Samsung Code but it kills my battery. SmartToolKit works fine. But the theme just kills my battery. Any upgrades, let me know, cause I love the theme.

  12. Muy buen aporte amigo si funciona el problema es que yo tengo un samsung i637 con windows mobile 6.1 y la barra de bateria y temperatura no marcan nada no sabes q debo hacer.
    Gracias

  13. Very good contribution friend if it works the problem is that I have a samsung i637 with windows mobile 6.1 and the battery bar and temperature do not make anything I do not know q.
    Thanks

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