Windows XP is still the most popular Windows operating system. This could change with the release of Windows 7 which combines the resourcefulness of Windows XP with the looks of Windows Vista. We have already covered Windows 7 themes for Windows XP and Windows Vista before and have a section up and running that links to those themes with instructions on how to apply them.
Our partner site Ask VG is at the forefront of Windows 7 theme creation. A few new themes or variations have been posted recently and we would like to introduce them to you. The themes can be applied to Windows XP if the file responsible for the theme management in Windows XP has been patched. You can read up on the uxtheme.dll at the link posted.
The themes will not only change the colors and background images of the Windows XP operating system but also the taskbar, start menu and other core interface elements to make it resemble that of Windows 7. Installation however has been streamlined for ease of use. All that needs to be done is to execute the theme.exe file located in the theme folder after unpacking the themes to the local computer system.
Windows 7 Theme Black:
Windows 7 Theme Blue:
Both themes add the following elements beside the basic interface changes to the operating system:
- Extra Common Tasks (This folder contains 2 extra shell styles: Bottom and Left dark blue)
- Fonts (This folder contains Segoe UI fonts required for the theme. Run Fonts.exe file to install them.)
- Iconized Taskbar Hack (This folder contains registry script to enable Iconized taskbar in Windows XP.)
- Styler Toolbar