#1 By: howtogeek, July 19th, 2013 06:41
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168270/how-to-install-custom-themes-and-visual-styles-in-windows/
Windows has had support for themes, also known as visual styles, since Windows XP. By default, Windows will only load Microsoft-signed themes — but you can get around this fairly easily.
#2 By: Naman Sood, July 19th, 2013 10:59
You're mentioning this NOW? eye blink Whoa.
#3 By: WandersFar, July 19th, 2013 18:11
Thanks for the tip on UltraUXThemePatcher.
I’ve been using VistaGlazz for years, but unlike Ultra which applies the patch right away, Glazz requires a separate install for the app, and THEN the patch, and then a subsequent uninstall for the app, if desired.
Ultra’s one-step process is a much cleaner solution.
#4 By: James, July 20th, 2013 07:06
Theme patchers are not perfect.
I tried a couple of different patchers (and once that was just the files that you insert yourself) on several different Win7 32 bit set-ups (older laptops) downloaded from a few different sources of the patchers. I even tried early and later versions of the patchers. During the install process I let the patchers do all the work and the process has only worked on 2 of my systems. I had also went online to the several forums to look and try some work-arounds without any luck.
On the systems it worked on the results were great! But on the systems that the patches did not work on, the welcome screen would flash repeatedly and progress no further. I would then have to hold down the power button to shutdown and then boot into safe mode to revert the patches. However, I would recommend trying them out if you don't mind safe mode booting to fix.
Any body have a fix or tip for me as to what I might be missing or doing wrong?
#5 By: clb92, July 20th, 2013 12:45
I like Universal Theme Patcher (Can be downloaded by the developer at deepxw.blogspot.com). It backs up the files that it patches and you can easily run it again and click restore if you want any of the files restored back to the original. It also doesn't need to be installed, just run it. Should also work on any Windows Version since XP.