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How to install Styles XP/.MSStyles Themes


There are 2 methods:
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1. Using StyleXP
2. Using a hacked UxTheme.Dll

Using Method 1: (ShareWare)
01. Download StylesXP from: http://www.tgtsoft.com/download.html
Goto NEXT

Using Method 2: (FreeWare) If you follow this method you are at your own, I can't guarantee you won't screw up your system
a. Grab the hacked UxTheme.dll from either location:
1. Neowin's Own Patch

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me, or post your questions in the correct sections of MSFN


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If i was to do number 1 would it be 100% sure that it wouldnt bugger me pc up
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no, it won't bugger your PC up. Some themes also slow your PC down slightly, depending on how graphical it is. It won't affect your internet connection whatsoever.

I recommend the hacked UXTheme dll file for anyone not wanting to buy StylesXP, or not needing such bloated software to change a theme. StylesXP and the hacked UXTheme dll file do very much the same thing to allow themes in WindowsXP.

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oh wow.. i totally forgot about this thread ;-)


ya the uxtheme and stylexp basically do the same thing...

when i wrote up the tutorial about installing the file was the only thing that u could screw up... it wasn't that the concept would screw up ur comp... it was that if u didn't follow the instructions correctly... oh well..


Heck TGTsoft has thier own version of uxthemeDLLpatcher available at thier website..

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ok right can you just explain how it works ? :)
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If i use Using Method 1 it will just do it for me yer? and what do i download as you can tell i such a newbie
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Since you're such a n00b :rolleyes: I'd recommend StyleXP.

Using the UXThemePatcher is for experienced guys only who know what they're doing :)

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Can some one tell me on method 1 i cant see any previews of any themes ? so how do i see them ?

( i am such a newbie lol :) )
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A#h i see style xp just lets you insteall the style right ?

But i got to look some where esle for the styles i want is that right ? :)
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Home -- there are a few sites that you will use to find almost EVERY visual style:
Theme XP -- http://www.themexp.org
Neowin -- http://www.neowin.ne...p?s=&forumid=36
Deskmod -- http://www.deskmod.com/

These Visual Styles ( or themes) are very cool. I change about every 2 or 3 days - currently rotating between these favorites:
Sosumi
Caution
ChaNinja
Simpli
Milk
PlaqueMod

Enjoy -- LS_Dragons
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Right once i have downloaded a them and Visual Styles what ever ?

Do i just 01. Download StylesXP from: and just do it through that ? :)
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Homer no offence or anything but you make absolutly no sense...maybe if you can put your questions in full sentences explaining it fully the members here would be able to help you out a whole lot easier and quicker..

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sorry :) ok i cant fins any skins to use and there are no prviews, where do i get them.

Then do i download StylesXP, and that will install it for me or does that bulid styles? :rolleyes:
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Goto one of these sites to get themes

Theme XP -- http://www.themexp.org
Neowin -- http://www.neowin.ne...p?s=&forumid=36
Deskmod -- http://www.deskmod.com/


then install stylesXp and all will be fine....

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ok thanks for all your help :)
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Homer, I'm going to try and help you once and for all. I'm going to try to make this as simple as possible.

DOWNLOAD THIS FILE

Unzip it, run it, and reboot.

After you reboot you'll see a new theme.

Then, you can go to http://www.themexp.org and download any theme you like. When you download a theme, unzip it to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\

Now, right-click on your desktop and go to properties. Then change themes as you normally would.

This is as easy as i can possibly make it for you. I hope it helps.

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sorry to p*** u off yes it does
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Heh. I'm not p***ed off. It's just that so many people have tried to help you and they were unsuccessful. I'm glad I helped :rolleyes:

Sorry about the previous post, I didn't mean to seem like a jerk. :)

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its ok its my falt just instealled it anit downloaded a them its wicked its like glass the windows cool or what.

as u are the only one that can help me how do u bulid them please pm me if ya can cheers
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its ok its my falt just instealled it anit downloaded a them its wicked its like glass the windows cool or what.

Yep, wasn't that hard was it? It never hurts to try, and its something you should do in future.

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its ok its my falt just instealled it anit downloaded a them its wicked its like glass the windows cool or what.

as u are the only one that can help me how do u bulid them please pm me if ya can cheers

You build themes using Style Builder

You'll need some imaging skills (Photoshop, Paintshop, whatever..). I've never tried, but i'm sure it's not easy.

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i got a theme i like un ziped it to there then went to chage theme and its not there????

so i went to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ and thought i would doulbe click on it ans that didnt work. so what shell i do ?
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its weird the way u said i cant do it i found a way to do it so its cool
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Themes should be unzipped to their own sub-directory. For example, if your theme is named "Sedative", then it should be unzipped to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Sedative

like this...
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the "Windows Visual Style File" is the one you want. You can either double-click on it or change your theme through Display Properties. like this...

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I hope this finally clears everything up :)

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Amen!




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