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Using Non Microsoft Themes In Vista Or Windows 7

Using Non Microsoft Themes In Vista Or Windows 7

Added: Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
Category: Geek Zone > Themes And Skins
Tags:Torrents, p2p, Themes, Operating System, Microsoft, Hack, Exploit, Patch, Mod, Verified, Trusted, File
Are you tired of the boring themes that come with Vista or Windows 7? Aero not suiting your needs? Then you too can fully skin and theme your operating system, by simply applying a few patches and modify some windows entries. This simple process, will take you a matter of minutes, and then you will be on your way to a fully skinned and modified Windows experience.

To start of, .msstyles have been in place on Windows based operating systems for a long time. Although Microsoft only implemented a handful of themes for their operating systems, they were intended to be only developed by Microsoft designers, for Microsoft users. This is a myth. Anyone can change the themes, all they need to do, is follow a few easy steps.

Take Ownership
First, you will need to have the "Take Ownership" ability. This is fairly easy to do, for various OS's and processors. You'll need to download this registry hack, which allows you to do so. You can find it HERE. Download and unzip the files contained in the zipfile. Double-click the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts. No reboot necessary. It will then give you the ability, to right click a file or folder in any directory in your hard drive, and "Take Ownership" of that file/folder.

Next, you'll need to patch certain files withing the "hard drive"C:\Windows\system32\ folder. Depending on your OS, and system specs (32bit/64bit) (various service packs), you will easily be able to do this. First, navigate to HERE, and choose your operating system, and appropriate system specs as follows. Download the zipfile, and open the prepare for the next step.
Taking Ownership


Locate following three files:

uxtheme.dll

themeui.dll

shsvcs.dll

They will be in "hard drive"C:\Windows\system32\ "find files here". Now that you have installed the "Take Ownership" ability, you can simply right click each of these files, and take ownership of them. Do this one by one. Then find the three files again, and rename them, simply adding .old to the end of each. You will end up with uxtheme.dll.old, themeui.dll.old, and shsvcs.dll.old.

Now to the fun part. You may have seen various themes across the web. Although there is surely a hotbed of great skins and themes out there, Deviant Art has a great collection, which are easy to manage. Just be sure to read each one, to see if it is for a 64 or 32 bit OS first. Some work fine with both, others do not.

Finally, find one that suits your needs. If you see one you like, simply download it. When it completes, open it with WinRAR or any other extraction tool, and then extract the files to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder. After doing this, simply navigate to that destination, C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\ and double click on the Windows Theme File OR Windows Visual Style File you have added there. If you do not see it, it may be inside the folder named accordingly with the theme you have downloaded. Doing this will bring up the Themes Settings or Appearance Settings menu. Now all you need to do, is choose the style/theme you added, and click apply.

Just like that, you have hacked the windows registry, patched the .dll's for Microsoft themes, and issued yourself a cracked and fully working, customizeable theme. Here is a glance at how the "Start/Orb" would look with a theme I am currently using. As you can see, I have now a star which changes colors, instead of the start/orb.

Star Replacing Start/Orb

You can also see in this image, how Aero is allowed as well, and the background or wallpaper's colors, are integrated automatically into the taskbar's color. What this means is, depending on the wallpaper shades or colors, you will have different results. Try a white or bright bordered background, then try a dark one. You may like one result and not like the other.

Many themes are possible, also are the ability to create them, if you have programming knowledge. This is a great and handy tip for those of us who do not like to be plain and who tend to stay original. Thanks again to Deviant Art, for supplying us with the many themes they have provided. Any extra links to new themes, or similar styles, please feel free to post below.

By:
xxxOBSCENExxx
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Wednesday, September 16th, 2009



Comments (29) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Blocked (2009-09-16 10:12:13)
No avatarnice nice artical top $$$$$$ :P y imo none team is boring imo

2
posted by Blocked (2009-09-16 10:19:07)
No avatarAgain, depending on how many hard drives you use, the master is typically "C:\" for most PC's. If in fact you also have a 64 bit or 32 bit OS the destinations can vary. I hope that explains any question anyone would have. Feel free to ask and myself or one of my colleagues here will try our best to assist you :)

3
posted by Blocked (2009-09-16 10:21:03)
No avatarAlso before anyone suggest using WindowsBlinds, VistaGlazz, or some other theme program, remember, this method uses NO extra resources other than what Vista/7 require for any of their themes :)

4
posted by ET junkieET lover (2009-09-16 10:26:33)
digster avatarnice one obs great article.

5
posted by (2009-09-16 11:04:13)
kingtiger01 avatar64bit's equivalent directory is /windows/wow64(rather than windows/system32) i use vista64 on my gaming box, and i still see no reason for themes... call me old-school.. but why.

6
posted by (2009-09-16 11:17:33)
dougie avatar^^^old skool lol top article me for 1 skin everything browsers, u torrent the lot...10/10 OB

7
posted by Blocked (2009-09-16 12:33:58)
No avatarI enjoy building these themes. I've done a few already. Call it a hobby :)

8
posted by (2009-09-16 22:47:26)
ginalynn avatarGreat article! Thanks for taking the time to show us how to do this :)

9
posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-09-16 23:04:50)
Z0R4N avatarWow, thanks OBS! I'll try it out ASAP! Oh, and could you upload some themes as a pack?

10
posted by Blocked (2009-09-16 23:25:23)
No avatarDeviant Art has them for free Z0R4N. No need for them to be uploaded as torrents when you have such a nice selection there.

11
posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-09-17 14:08:51)
Z0R4N avatarOk, I'll check them out, thanks.

12
posted by Blocked (2009-09-17 16:59:49)
No avatarNo problem. :)

13
posted by (2009-09-17 18:10:15)
2canchu avatarIt's so much easier when using linux, but thanks for the advice- I'll follow up on it.You are a very busy person. I always read your posts and a large selection of movies. Thanks for all

14
posted by (2009-09-19 04:13:58)
No avatarhye obs.ive tried n followd your steps but cant do it still.

1) cant extrct to win/res/theme

2) and umm,which is those 3 files that i need to rename.i mean those in sys32
folder or dloaded withinwindows .zip folder.why do it need to be dload?

ty.

15
posted by Blocked (2009-09-20 08:59:13)
No avatarYou must download those "patched" system files, and replace the old ones by taking ownership and first. You cannot extract to that location if you have not yet "taken ownership" of the files.

16
posted by (2009-09-22 11:20:44)
No avatarhi done everything u said but it still wont work keeps giving me an error msg when i try to extract to themes folder???

17
posted by (2009-09-23 09:12:05)
param avataryeah got it thnx

18
posted by (2009-09-24 03:05:41)
No avatarfinally !!
thnx obs
god bless u

19
posted by (2009-10-06 13:06:05)
bipolarsuxs avatarbest move in Winders ive ever seen HELL YEAH OBS!!!

20
posted by Blocked (2010-02-02 20:52:22)
Zeeshi avatarFor windows 7 build 7600 16385 patch visit.

http://www.syssel.net/hoefs/windows/uxtheme.php?lang=en

21
posted by (2010-02-23 21:40:15)
cyberartist avatarAn old skinner from wayback me - great article and thanks

22
posted by (2010-02-27 09:00:58)
cost3l12 avatarA very good ideea.it seen to be nice

23
posted by (2010-08-14 20:43:56)
wolfy1664 avatarThanks great post i whent from using windows to linux Ubuntu far better than any windows operating system you all should try it

24
posted by (2011-01-17 15:26:27)
nazmil avatarnikii

25
posted by (2011-06-23 18:13:24)
Helldriver avatarnice article ..will try once ...good job buddy ..waiting for nxt

26
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-12 00:09:03)
Embolism avatarI dual boot windows and fedora (windoze for gaming only)so do not use windows skins or themes although I did over a decade ago when XP first came out and did boot/logon screens etc.much easier in Linux to be honest.

27
posted by Blocked (2012-07-29 05:36:57)
THE_HULK avatarGOOD 1 WORKED PERFECTLY FOR ME!

28
posted by Blocked (2012-12-03 16:53:50)
pradeep251285 avatarnice job........

29
posted by (2016-06-27 09:05:31)
lalhlunpac avatarFor me, after patching those 3 files mentioned above, I downloaded a theme pack from this site You can find all kinds of themes like AlienWare, Asus theme pack etc..Download the zip file, extract (password=skinpacks.com) and just run the .exe, but decline all the non-themepack apps until you see installation box containing uxtheme.dll, accept and install. . The theme will be applied automatically and you'll see all the changes.



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