How to Install XP Visual Styles Themes - Tutorial

Install XP Visual Styles Themes Tutorial

Install XP Visual Styles Themes Tutorial a simple guide to show you how to install xp visual styles themes using the uxtheme.dll patch that you can download for free from our archive. There are software companies that sell software that will install xp visual styles for you, well there is no need to spend a penny. This tutorial guide explains in simple language how to install xp visual styles themes tutorial. If you have a basic understanding of how to use your computer you will find this tutorial easy to follow. We will explain how to install xp visual styles themes manually, it is not very difficult and this way you will know exactly what is being put into your computer and where. Check out the easy to follow tutorial below for installation help. Download XP Styles from our archive.


How to Install XP Visual Styles Themes Tutorial

Patch Uxtheme.dll File

  1. Windows XP wants it's theme files to be digitally signed by MS, otherwise Windows XP won't let you add new themes. To allow 3rd party themes to be used your uxtheme.dll file in your C:\Windows\System32 directory must be patched to remove the digital signing limitation. This can be easily done by downloading the uxtheme.dll patch. The patch can be used on Windows XP, SP1, SP2, XP 64 bit and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. It is advised that you create a restore point before running the patch incase you want to undo the patch. Run the uxtheme.dll patch file, it will "patch" your uxtheme.dll file so you can use 3rd party visual styles. Ignore any warning boxes that pop-up complaining about files being changed, that is the whole point of the patch. After you run the uxtheme.dll patch restart your computer. We did not author the file uxtheme patch but we have used it our selves with no problems, use it at your own risk. See our terms of service page for more information.

Install the XP Visual Styles Theme Files

  1. Download your favorite xp visual style theme from our archive. Extract the files from the zip file to a temporary folder on your desktop. Among the extracted files you will most likely find a wallpaper file, .msstyles file, a .theme file and possibly one or more font files. What is included in the theme package depends on what the author has chosen to include.
  2. If you find one or more .ttf font files copy them to your C:\Windows\Fonts\ folder.
  3. One or more .theme files, like arcadia.theme may be included, you will copy it/them to your C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ folder. If you see other folders already in there, leave them alone, they are your other existing themes.
  4. Create a new folder inside the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ folder, name it what the .msstyles file is named, like arcadia.msstyles so the folder would be arcadia.
  5. If you see a file called ShellStyle.dll in the extracted files on your desktop, create a folder called Shell inside the first folder you created. Create another folder inside the Shell folder called NormalColor. Copy ShellStyle.dll into the NormalColor folder.
  6. Generally you will extract the visual styles files and everything will be properly ordered needing only to be copied to your C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ folder.
  7. As for the desktop wallpaper. copy the wallpaper image file to your My Pictures folder.

How to Use the XP Visual Style Theme

  1. In your My Pictures folder where you put your desktop wallpaper, click on the wallpaper file for your theme once to highlight it. In the menu in the left pane of the window you will see Picture Tasks at the top. Click on Set as desktop background. You should see the wallpaper on your desktop.
  2. If the wallpaper doesn't fit the desktop it needs to be stretched to fill the screen. Close or minimize the My Pictures window. Right click on an empty area of the desktop, in the menu select Properties. In the Display Properties box, choose the Desktop tab. Your wallpaper should be highlighted in the list, using the Position box choose if you want it Tiled, Centered or Stretched.
  3. While still in Display Properties if your theme had a .theme file select the Themes tab and select your new theme from the list. If your theme only had a .msstyles file use the Appearance tab to select your theme from the Windows and Buttons list.
  4. When you are finished making your choices go to the Themes tab to save your theme by clicking Save As..., and then name it something.
  5. It may look complicated but we spelled everything out to make it extremely simple. Most people already know how to use display properties etc. Well, that's all there is to it and all without spending money buying installation programs.

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