How to use Custom Visual Styles in Windows XP SP3 using Modified Uxtheme.dll

Most of us like to change visual styles, we usually do it by changing the uxtheme.dll file and then applying different themes. But if you are using Windows XP SP3 (service pack3) then you need to use a different version of Uxtheme.dll. The previous uxtheme.dll doesn’t work with SP3. You need to download the uxtheme patcher in order to install new visual styles in XP SP3.

Installation instructions:
1. Download uxtheme patcher from here.
2. Start the patcher by double clicking on it.
3. Click on the Patch button, and wait for a few seconds for it to patch.
4. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
5. That’s it, now you can apply your custom visual styles. To add new styles copy them to “c:/windows/resources/themes”

You can check out for some cool styles here.



9 comments for “How to use Custom Visual Styles in Windows XP SP3 using Modified Uxtheme.dll”

  • Thank

    Thanks so much for the quick fix! I was worried I’d have to wait for this…


    it works just like that…superb..thanks man…!!!

  • welcome buddy. 🙂

  • Sad Panda

    Doesn’t work for me. 🙁 I’ve followed the instructions; made sure the proper files for visual styles are in the windows/resources/themes location but can not get them to work, and I am unable to revert to the XP theme. Colors schemes are a generic ‘blah’ off white now.

  • Sad Panda

    Why was my comment removed? I am trying to get help in fixing a problem I am having with this, because unfortunately it is not working for me.

    I downloaded uxtheme.dll, and a visual package pack. placed the necessary files in the correct locations and now not only can I not utilize my desired visual settings but I can not revert to the original XP settings. Please help.

  • mial

    how come i can press restore but not patch D:?

  • Deadshots

    Sad panda, same problem here! Need help too!!

  • pimz

    Sad panda & Deadshots..
    Same problem… please help meeeeeee

  • 404

    thanks it works great

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