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#1 Freddie3782

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 12:58 PM

I have seen these computer screen shots of these cool themes that change the visual part of windows start menu and windows themselfs.
If anyone know the process I need to take to do this. that would be cool. I downloaded some but nothing happens. when I go to the theme portion
of my OS properties the theme doesn't appear. only the xp theme and the classic theme.
Does anyone know a good site to get these themes.
Is this actually possible?
can I do it with SP3?

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 05:58 PM

I think you are thinking about the program Window blinds. It is not free but is very chep.

http://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 07:37 PM

Word of caution, windows themes downloaded from the web are fraught with the risk of malware. Scan diligently. Additionally they have a tendency to utilize more resources than already used with the native theme. So if you have a marginal system now, it could become even more frustrating.

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#4 sidorak95

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 08:38 PM

To use 3rd party themes, you'll have to patch uxtheme.dll, which I believe is illegal, so I won't post any more about it. You might consider some signed themes.
Zune Theme
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You might consider Vista Start Menu to make the start menu look like Vista's.
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:46 PM

i used to use StyleXP.. pretty cool
or go to sites like deviantart.com and download XP visual styles

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:54 PM

I would much rather have a simple wallpaper Changer. The one I actually use is winter fun pack 2004 from Microsoft. I have a couple of hundred wallpapers and often make my own. They are all Chrismas themed and are maybe wallpaper i have found or made, say from postcards stiched together and enhanced to as near as I can get to 1920x1200 rez. of my computer screen. I like snowflake as well and use the filters in the free version of 'Photofiltre' but this is all I use that for preferring the faster CS for rez. etc.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 03:20 PM

I recently discovered UxStyle, an alternative to 'patching' uxtheme.dll (something I would never consider or recommend having heard of the massive problems that can cause). It adds a new service that works in conjunction with the existing 'Themes' service to allow the application of unsigned themes, using a tiny amount of memory in the process (currently 44k on my system).

I would also suggest restricting your search for new themes to well known sites such as DeviantArt to avoid picking up an infection.




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