How to Use Custom Visual Styles in Vista SP1

If you are using Vista SP1 and would like to apply custom visual styles then you need to replace three files- shsvcs.dll and themeui.dll and uxtheme.dll. Follow the below instructions carefully in order to do so:

Files:

Uxtheme Vista SP1 (32-bit)
Uxtheme Vista SP1 (64-bit)

1. First download the above files suited by your operating system(i.e., 32 bit or 64bit)
2. Now login with Administrative privileges and navigate to %systemroot%\System32
3. Right-click uxtheme.dll and click properties.
4. Take ownership of the file and close dialogs.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for themeui.dll and shsvcs.dll
6. Right-click uxtheme.dll and click properties.
7. Give yourself (or group) Full Control permissions and close dialogs.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for themeui.dll and shsvcs.dll.
9. Rename uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.old.
10. Rename themeui.dll to themeui.old.
11. Rename shsvcs.dll to shsvcs.old.
12. Copy patched files into %systemroot%\System32
13. Reboot to take effect.
14. Now you can easily apply any custom visual style.
You can check out few visual styles here. You can find more ifyou google.

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