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 comments… add one }
  • Linda May 28, 2008, 8:43 pm

    works amazing, very easy to understand, great job!!!!

  • BITaniuM July 1, 2008, 3:34 am

    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

  • James July 10, 2008, 2:00 am

    Works on the samsung blackjack ll (samsung i617). Very happy, THANKS!!

  • Aldemar September 18, 2008, 4:42 pm

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

    Gracias.

    Saludos.

  • andre November 28, 2008, 5:15 am

    Kara Muito Bo Parabens

  • henk January 5, 2009, 11:55 am

    werkt niet voor wm6.1 prof!

  • Karl January 11, 2009, 12:17 pm

    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!

  • Lov3ry January 17, 2009, 2:25 am

    Come faccio a installarlo su un nokia e 90???

  • Ahmad February 28, 2009, 5:51 pm

    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

  • Herudae March 13, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Gracias, funcionó perfecto con UTStarcom smt5700

  • pakito0o May 15, 2009, 8:48 am

    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

  • soire May 31, 2009, 6:59 am

    can i get Ubuntu like to my O2 XDA exec???

  • Mark July 12, 2009, 1:40 pm

    Bonjour
    j un HTC s300+ et je veux voir si ca marchera avec le WM7 et comment l’installer
    merci beaucou

  • nieves September 4, 2009, 5:58 am

    instalar juegos en blackberry

  • nieves September 4, 2009, 5:59 am

    como se hace porque me la regalaron y nose hacer nada

  • Ricardo September 11, 2009, 1:34 pm

    Buen aporte, voy a probarlo en mi htc.

  • diamant September 13, 2009, 6:21 am

    please send me a serial number to full this theme for my samsung i607

  • israelina September 14, 2009, 6:28 am

    meu smart pone deconfigurou a tela inicial como devo stslar o layouts que desconfigurou.

  • PAPPO22 October 21, 2009, 6:16 am

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

  • John November 22, 2009, 1:23 am

    Message:

    Installation of SmartToolkit-SPRC08.CAB was unsuccessful

  • Luis December 25, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Funciono Perfecto quedo hermoso gracias 100% recomendable

  • max January 4, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Hi
    i am stuck on number 12 i am not sure where you get the file plz help!

  • Luis Tomás February 11, 2010, 4:59 pm

    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.

  • oscar February 19, 2010, 11:28 am

    lo puedo descargar haci como dices a un treo 750?

  • David February 24, 2010, 2:41 pm

    That was so cool, thanks everso for your time and efforts.

    David

  • Jay March 26, 2010, 9:38 am

    Thanks for explaining the CORRECT way to install. Works for my Samsung Code i220.
    WM 6.1

  • enrique March 29, 2010, 11:32 am

    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.

  • Jay May 26, 2010, 6:03 pm

    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.

  • kike February 9, 2011, 6:39 pm

    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

  • kike February 9, 2011, 6:40 pm

    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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