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XP Themes I installed these themes. but when you try to use them only the background and cursers change. all the tool bars and skins change back to windows classic style. all the windows visual style files are in WINDOWS, RESOURCES, THEMES and in the theme folder. Any ideas???????please help

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I wanna full version themes for my desktops

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Yes u can uni install the software and shut down ur system and restart.and again try to install.

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Im new at this, so can you please tell me how to download .zip?

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I have had permission from original copy. Before starting, make sure you have enabled XP to show *all* system folders and hidden files. Also, I have yet to come across a downloadable Style XP theme that wasn't in a ".zip" file, so the following directions deal only with ".zip" files. These directions are pretty detailed, so you need to read them carefully. It's not as difficult as it sounds, I promise! 1. Download ".zip" file - remember what folder you downloaded it in. I usually use the "My Documents" folder on the desktop because it's easy to remember. 2. Locate the downloaded ".zip." 3. Once you have located the .zip file: a. For XP users using the Windows XP built-in zip file manager: locate the ".zip" FOLDER (not file), and then open it as you would any other folder. That will open the folder and show you the compressed files. Click on "file" on the toolbar, then "extract all" and then extract the files to "c:/windows/resources/themes." b. For XP users using WinZip or another compression program: click on the .zip file, and extract to "c:windows esources hemes." 4. After you have finished extracting the files, right click on your desktop then click on "properties." That will open the Display Properties dialog box. Then: a. For themes with the ".msstyles" file extension: click on the "Appearance" tab then choose your desired theme from the "Windows and buttons" dialog box, then choose which color scheme you prefer from the "color scheme" dialog box (most themes only come with one color, but some come with more) (see screenshot1). Click "apply" then close the display properties dialog box. b. For themes with the ".theme" file extension, make sure the open "display properties" window is the "Themes" tab (it's the default window, so you should already be looking right at it.) Choose your theme from the "themes" dialog box (see screenshot2). ".Theme" files often come with icons and wallpaper, but it is not required that you use the icons or wallpaper, so before you click "apply" make sure the wallpaper and icons are the ones you want - for wallpaper click on the "desktop" tab, then choose your wallpaper. For icons, same as the wallpaper, except click on "customize desktop" and then choose your icons (see screenshot3). Once that is accomplished, click "apply" then close the display properties dialog box. c. For themes with both the ".msstyles" and ".theme" extensions, use the ".theme" version if you want to use any included icons, wallpaper, etc. Use the ".msstyles" version to use the "visual style" only without using any of the included icons, wallpaper, etc. You're done! Yeah, right, wouldn't that be nice? You only *wish* it was that easy, because I know I do. So keep reading. There are certain things that *must* be in place in order for themes to work correctly, so I recommend you double check to make sure everything is good to go before you do any of the above. So go ahead and open the "c:/windows/resources/themes" folder, and follow the below directions: 1. ".Theme" files *must* be directly within the "c:/windows/resources/themes" folder (see screenshot4), and not within individual folders. a. If you find any in individual sub-folders, simply move the *.theme* file directly to the "c:/windows/resources/themes" folder. 2. ".Msstyles" files *must* be within their own individual sub-folders within the "c:/windows/resources/themes" folder (see screenshot5). For example, the file "generic.msstyles" must be in a sub-folder entitled "generic," "generic1.msstyles" must be in a sub-folder entitled "generic1," etc. a. If any ".msstyles" files are directly in the "c:/windows/resources/themes" folder, make a *new* sub-folder and name it EXACTLY AS THE ".msstyles" FILE IS NAMED (minus the ".msstyles" extension of course), then move the ".msstyles" file into that sub-folder. 3. After doing the above, you will need to check each individual sub-folder within the "c:/windows/resources/themes" folder, *including* the ones you didn't have to fix, or create yourself. Why? Because: a. It is essential that the name of the sub-folder match the name of the ".msstyles" file exactly, and caps, lower case, spaces, underscores, etc., ALL count - i.e., the file "generic.msstyles" must be in a folder entitled "generic," "Generic_01.msstyles" must be in a folder entitled "Generic_01," etc. (see screenshot5, above). If they don't match, you will need to rename the sub-folder that the ".msstyles" file is in so that it matches the file name. b. Some ".zip" files will extract files into what I call a "sub-sub folder." For example, the file "generic.msstyles" might be in a sub-folder of a sub-folder; i.e., "c:/windows/resources/themes/generic/generic." If this is the case, you will need to move the ".msstyles" file into the first sub-folder, "c:/windows/resources/themes/generic." Delete the "sub-sub" folder after you've moved the ".msstyles" file. 4. Some ".msstyles" themes include what is known as a "shellstyle" ("shellstyle.dll".) "Shellstyle.dll" should be in its own sub-folder entitled "shell" *within* the ".msstyles" theme sub-folder, "c:/windows/resources/themes/generic/shell" (see screenshot6). Sometimes, the "shell" sub-folder has its own sub-folders, for example, "c:/windows/resources/themes/generic/shell/normalcolor" (see screenshot7). If this is the case, "shellstyle.dll" should be in the "normalcolor" sub-folder (see screenshot8). If you find any "shellstyle.dll" files floating around in the "generic" sub-folder itself, make a new sub-folder, name it "shell" then move "shellstyle.dll" into that folder. Okay, NOW you're done. Have fun with your new theme! From ""

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Where can i download themes for windows xp professional for free?

Good Day User,
This link may help you for the themes you are looking for. Enjoy.
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Apr 17, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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I own a vista laptop and I cannot download skins, themes and some screensavers. Please advise.

How To Change The Theme In Windows Vista The one good thing about Windows Vista Themes is that customization is entirely possible. And when you can customize you can naturally personalize. That’s right. Vista allows you to select your own themes in a few easy steps. This allows you to tinker with your computer to make it more attractive and less monotonous – when you want it and how you want it.
A Windows Vista theme is simply a group of customized tweeks that span the entire gamut of menu appearance, icons, colors, fonts, screen savers, background, and yes – even paints!
Let’s start with your desktop because it’s the most logical place to start. To select a desktop theme, perform the following steps:
• go to your desktop. In any blank area, right click.
• scroll down to “personalize” and click.
• a dialogue box will come up that says: “Personalize appearance and sounds.” Right below it are seven headers. Choose “theme” which is the sixth item, or second to the last item.
• a dialog box appears with the title “theme settings.”
• under “theme”, you have a small box with a drop down menu. If you click on the arrow, Windows Vista gives you four choices: current theme, Windows Vista, Windows Classic and browse (the browse option allows you to get a theme that you saved in a specific folder. When you choose browse, Vista automatically takes you to your downloads folder where you saved the theme).
• when you click on any of the four choices, you get a preview of the theme. Choose one by clicking “apply” or “OK”. If you don’t like any of what you see and decide to stick to what you have, simply click “cancel” or close the dialog box.
Windows Vista Themes: Few Things Worth Noting
• Windows Vista does not come with a large pre-built bundle of themes. This shouldn’t stop you from creating your own. You can still change the background (or wallpaper), colors, screen saver and how your menu will look. Save what you’ve created by clicking the Save As button. This button is in the dialog box we mentioned earlier called “Theme Settings.”
• Don’t confuse Windows Vista themes with the pre-built themes in Word 2007, Power Point 2007 and Excel 2007. Each of these programs has its own themes bundle.
• If you happen to like a theme you saw on the Web, make sure that your virus program is up-to-date before you download a theme. Some viruses are disguised as themes so be careful.
Remember that even if Word, Excel, and PowerPoint already have predefined document themes, you can create your own by customizing an existing document theme and then saving it as a custom document theme.
If you’re really into themes and like to create your own for fun, then you must be a “skinning fan” (themes are sometimes called skins). According to Andy Rathbone, noted Windows expert, you can use a third party program like WindowBlinds and can download any theme they have at a very modest fee. What’s even better is some of these themes are free. By typing “Windows Vista Themes” in any search engine, you’ll get a whole array of company names that specialize in Vista themes. But like we said, be careful when downloading.

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How to change theme in windows vista starter i want to change theme that i download but it cannot apply at the windows vista starter....

Its my understanding if you choose or have Vista Starter this is on the same level as Vista Basic so if you want the AERO stuff then no it wont give you that, Vista Starter is for absolute beginners who want to experience Vista at that basic level and also it a cheap way to do so. as for the Themes i.e wallpaper background, windows styles then yes you can change them but its very limited.

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Sep 19, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Vista skin download websites.

Hi Bhupendra,

You can download Vista skins for XP from:

The installation is easy, just extract the Zip file by right-clicking it and selecting extract here, run the installer and select the features you want to install.

Hope this solves your problem. For more help and clarifications, please reply to this post. Thanks

Sep 14, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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How i can get window vista look in windows xp

Click the link above, then click the free user button. Follow the onscreen prompts to download and install the program and it will install the Vista mods to your XP system.

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Jun 06, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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How can i download themes for xp?

there are several ways to install themes on xp.
1. by installing a third party software which will spice up ur OS big time.But at the same time many have faced issues concerning OS crashes by doin so.
2.Jus download normal xp themes and apply by right click-->themes.
If u wanna try third party softwares go to
or else try

Mar 07, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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I m nt able to download themes actully i have window xp and i want to turn in into vista i got sidebar easily help me out to get themes

Have you tried window blinds? You can get it from here just click download on the page that opens up.

There a loads of themes that it lets you put on your computer. You can get tons of themes from here. I found a nice vista theme here. SImply download it and install it. However it is only a trial. You need to buy the full version to keep it after 30 days, although its quite cheap and an excellent program.

If you want a free option there not much around, but you could try the "Zune" theme here. This makes the start bar and windows black which is quite nice.

Hope this helps!

Jan 11, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Oct 07, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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About vista themes

Try here:, Once download and installed, right click your desktop and select Personalize then select Themes

Oct 19, 2007 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Themes continued..

Download and use a program called styleXP from here, it's your last solution :

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