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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Beautiful Free Themes to Spice Up your Windows XP

Here are a few Free / Beautiful themes to spice up your boring / dull Windows XP interface. Well, first of all the feature to add your own visual styles to Windows XP is locked by microsoft and you need to replace the original uxtheme.dll with a patched / unlocked one to be able to add visual styles to Windows XP. (P.S. Doing this may affect your warranty clauses with Microsoft - You have been advised of the risk).

  • Download the patched uxtheme.dll from here.
  • Next rename the original file which can be found in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder of your Windows XP installation to uxtheme.dll.old and copy the downloaded version into system32.
  • Lastly, you will have to restart your computer so that the new changes are recognized.

Visual Styles can be changed in the Appearance tab in the display properties menu or by double-clicking the *.msstyles file. Using the patched uxtheme.dll gives you an advantage over softwares like theme xp or wincustomize because you do not need to run the software in the background.

Below are some wonderful themes I came across:

Klarheit.visualstyle v1.0

Royal Inspirat

Click here to download the Klarheit.visualstyle v1.0 theme.
Click here to download the Royal Inspirat theme.


  1. Anonymous said,

    yeah these themes are good~~~but check out the vista theme that was released by some site!~~~it rocks~~its so suttle~~and so sublime

    on 1/18/2008 11:32 PM

  2. kunjeer said,

    I am not able to rename the file. when renamed again same file is created.

    on 1/28/2008 1:27 PM