How To Install Visual Style or Theme In Windows XP

If you are using Windows XP since quite a long time, you may have got tired of it’s rather dull interface and like to refresh it up with a vibrant look and feel of a Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OSX based Visual Styles. By default, Windows XP does not allow you to install any third party themes.

To install any third party Visual theme on your Windows XP, you need to first patch the uxthemes.dll file in Windows system folder. Follow these steps to revamp your Windows XP:

1. Download Uxtheme Patcher

Uxtheme Patcher for Windows XP SP1 and SP2

Uxtheme Patcher for Windows XP SP3

(Make sure you download the correct one for your Windows XP, else patch may not work)

2. Run the Uxtheme Patcher. Reboot may be necessary.

3. After patching, your Windows XP is now ready to accept any third party Visual Styles. Download your favorite Visual Theme. Theme files are usually in zip or tar format. Unzip the contents.

4a. If the unzipped folder has Visual Style file with .theme extension, then

4a(1). Propagate to: C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes folder and copy paste the Visual Theme file here.

Windows_XP_Themes_location4a(2). Now right click on desktop and in display properties, Click on “Themes” tab. You can see the newly added theme in the themes list. Apply to Preview it and click OK.Display_Properties_Windows_XP4b. If the unzipped folder has Visual Style file with .msstyles extension, then Propagate to: C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes folder. 4b(1). Create a new folder with the name same as the downloaded .msstyles file.

Install_Windows_XP_themes4b(2). Copy paste the extracted contents of the downloaded .zip or .tar file into the newly created folder.

Windows_XP_theme_install_how_to4b(3). Now right click on desktop and in display properties, click on “Appearance” tab. You can see the newly added theme in the “Windows and buttons” list. Apply to Preview it and click OK.

Change_Windows_XP_Theme You are done. Enjoy your new refreshing Windows XP!

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29 Responses

  1. Osama says:

    so helpful post, thank u for sharing

  2. dca says:

    noops
    this didnt work for me
    i have windows xp sp3
    and i followed the steps
    Appearance tab it is not coming up… 🙁

  3. diana says:

    That GREAT~
    I like it..
    Bravo!!

  4. MSX says:

    I followed the steps exactly but it didn’t work. I think I’m missing a file. If you open the Themes folder there’s supposed a folder called VistaLive Blue and a Theme file called VistaLive Blue. I don’t have the Theme file. PLEASE HELP!

  5. Travisdrummer says:

    LISTEN!!!! create a new folder in C:\windows\resources\themes we will call it “New folder”. extract your file ms and shell files to that folder, right click on the file itself and click “open with” – “windows shell common dll” it automatically opens display properties and i hit apply, theme is now installed

  6. sslusser says:

    Why when I download the one for SP3 does it come up as a trojan horse from my AVG free???

  7. jimbo says:

    worst directions ever.

  8. Rahul says:

    thanks man… its awesome…. i think you forget one step….after copying the files we need to click on .msstyles file to see it in the list of themes… njoye..

  9. Towsif says:

    Thanks for help.It was very helpful for me.

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  11. rajpal says:

    noops
    this didnt work for me
    i have windows xp sp3
    and i followed the steps
    Appearance tab it is not coming up…

  12. loader says:

    this stuff is great, thank u for shairinh

  13. Aadii says:

    I followed the steps exactly but it didn’t work. I think I’m missing a file. If you open the Themes folder there’s supposed a folder called VistaLive Blue and a Theme file called VistaLive Blue. I don’t have the Theme file. if u got solution then let me know, thanks

  14. Jac says:

    Thanx mate!

    That really helped me.

  15. isuf says:

    i don’t have themes

  16. Angel says:

    It’s wonderfull! I enjoyed that lesson….and I did it. Super!

  17. Bob says:

    The best. Superb. Solved my problem. 🙂

  18. Abinash Panda says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiii anybody plz give me some idea how to install these themes in my laptop as i followed the above steps but it didnt worked
     

  19. Abinash Panda says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiii anybody plz give me some idea how to install these themes in my laptop as i followed the above steps but it didnt worked
     

  20. Avinash555 says:

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  21. Dgsgh says:

    it dont work 🙁

  22. utajaz says:

    Omg dude!! Thank you so much

  23. Almajel says:

    omg. the theme works for me. 😀 I love it.

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