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    Themes and Visual Styles

    I have recently gotten interested in "skinning" my XP and am currently using StyleXP which I really like. I have also tried Window Blinds with most of it's inherent packages like Icon Packager, and I like some of their features also.

    I guess my question at this point is, What do you guys use and prefer?

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    StyleXP for WinXP and Window Blinds for Win 2000.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    paging lynch....paging lynch to customize xp dept. I personally use stylexp and grab my themes from themexp.org



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    I don't use an app to "hack" windows themes.
    Use this reg hack to enable themes - It allows uncertified .msstyle files to be applied to the system.
    Patching the uxtheme.dll does the same thing as stylexp without using a third party app

    Patch For SP1: http://www.neowin.net/downloads/uxtheme_v101.zip

    I use Iconpackager to change some system icons and Microangelo to change some individual icons.
    Last edited by lynchknot; October 24th, 2003 at 17:53 PM.

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    I'm using the mods that lynch did (lynch is our resident theme creator ).

    I use StyleXP for themes, MicroAngelo for icons, and visit themexp.org frequently.

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    Originally posted by lynchknot


    Patch For SP1: http://www.neowin.net/downloads/uxtheme_v101.zip

    Got this message when trying to access that link.

    "You don't have permission to browse this directory or file you requested"...

    I believe I found the same file at LightStar
    Last edited by rik; October 24th, 2003 at 19:02 PM.

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    I think you need to go to folder options and change protect windows system files or something like that and I also think you need to be in safe mode. dont have xp infront of me now to look.



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    I love StyleXP. Easy to setup and use. It patchs the uxtheme.dll automatically I believe.

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    I use Flyakite to change all icons and sounds etc. .msstyles as "themes"
    Avedesk to run some desklets, I also use konfabulator in the same purpose as AveDesk

    Sometimes I use Aquadock too, but not very often anymore
    well, that's it i guess.

    here is a shot of my current desktop
    http://upl.silentwhisper.net/uplfold...my_desktop.JPG

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    i use windowblinds and icon packager and give it a LH style look, then a add desktop side bar to finish it off transparency manager in ds does wonders for the taskbar

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