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  1. Author: robvdl
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    Posts: 67
    Date: June 20, 2006, 12:04 a.m.

    I've made a few of my own Windows XP themes (I can't stand the default XP blue theme, I've always found it too bright, so I like to make my own)

    My latest theme is simply called “XP Black”, which is a nice elegant black version of the default XP theme, with green close buttons. It is designed to fit with the Ynui site… ;-)

    You can't download the theme anywhere… as of yet (I might release it some time later), but you can view some screenshots I have uploaded on Deviant Art.

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  2. Author: Uber_deathworld
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    Posts: 67
    Date: July 1, 2006, 9:34 p.m.

    Yea it looks pretty nice .. Although i am a sucker for “dark” themes .. Btw for this theme do you require StyleXP or some other third part app to install it or does WinXP reconise it?

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  3. Author: robvdl
    User type: Administrator
    Posts: 67
    Date: July 1, 2006, 10:34 p.m.

    It's a standard XP recognisable theme, just need to replace the uxtheme.dll file, so it can use non Microsoft digitally signed themes, but that's upto the user if they want to do that, it's not illegal or anything.

    In my opinion, I think it was a pretty silly thing for Microsoft to do in Windows XP, only allow themes to be applied that are digitally signed by Microsoft. I don't really see the purpose of having theme support, if only themes signed by Microsoft install.

    But just get the new DLL file, and you can install any theme. Like I said, not illegal, it's just upto the user if they want to do this or not.

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  4. Author: Uber_deathworld
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    Posts: 67
    Date: July 1, 2006, 11:42 p.m.

    Really so if i google uxtheme.dll and download it and replace it with the standard uxtheme.dll that means i dont need StyleXp anymore? :-|
    And yea isn't that typical of microsoft .. :evil:

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  5. Author: robvdl
    User type: Administrator
    Posts: 67
    Date: July 2, 2006, 1:14 p.m.

    Unfortunately the DLL has to be replaced when Windows is not currently using it (which it always is normally). If you try to replace the DLL as is, Windows file protection (which protects the user from accidental files getting overwritten or deleted by malicious software and the like), will replace it again with the old copy.

    Back in the day, you had to drop into “Safe Mode Command Prompt” to replace this file, you also had to get the correct version for which XP Service Pack you had installed. Thankfully the guys at Neowin have made a multi-patcher to make the process easier, just Google “uxtheme multi patcher” and you'll find it. There's two links, only the second mirror is active. The instructions need to be followed carefully, or Windows file protection will replace the file with an old copy and it won't work.

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  6. Author: Uber_deathworld
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    Posts: 67
    Date: July 2, 2006, 2:19 p.m.

    So basicly if i want to change it manualy ill have to do it before the win32 shell loads.. lol this reminds of me of cracking the admin pword (Erhmm SAM ring any bells) :lol: but i think ill take the easy approach .. Download this file .. :twisted:

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  7. Author: Mega Byte
    User type: Standard User
    Posts: 67
    Date: July 2, 2006, 10:18 p.m.

    Some good windows modding tools are like

    talasmin desktop

    windows blinds
    xp icon
    iconX

    there are many others if you are makign custom skins use adobe photoshop to make cool images lol i had a mad desktop once :( so sad mi hdd had to be reformated lol well thats life for ya ;)

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