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Windows 7 Visual style for XP by haran-hockey Windows 7 Visual style for XP by haran-hockey
This is a windows xp visual style that is a combination of FrankenBerries windwos 7 visual style and another Windows 7 visual style(not sure who- I got the start buttons from it) and has the best features from both themes.

1. To use this theme, drag the msstyle to C:\Windows\Resources and double click on Aero Vista.msstyles

2. You need to patch uxtheme.dll to use custom skins. Google it if you haven't already done so.

3. Only choose the blue theme and you only get the blue taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

If you want to have Windows 7 Iconized (Icon Only) Taskbar Feature in Windows XP: [link]

Please mention any bugs,changes, or improvements in the comments.
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:iconhildugard:
Hildugard Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Artist
Uxtheme Multi-Patcher is ADWare.
The search continues...
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:iconmalongwolf:
malongwolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
i can not get it work
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:iconmalongwolf:
malongwolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
can it be used for chinese?
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:iconvishalshetty104:
vishalshetty104 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
good look...very nice theme...i have been looking for this................. :D :D :D
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:iconartuploader:
artuploader Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Artist
fucking shit
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:iconbritthedomolover:
BritTheDomoLover Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I hate this theme. It looks rubbish and not like the real Windows 7 does.
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:iconrockhowardmx:
RockHowardMX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Este tema visual me agrada mucho, lo descargué y el entorno de mi PC se vió tal como en la imágen. ¡Gracias!

Now in English:

I like som much this visual theme, I had downloaded it, and my PC desktop has seen as the image. Thanks!
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:iconjeffreyhsu123:
jeffreyhsu123 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
oh nvm
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:iconjeffreyhsu123:
jeffreyhsu123 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
where can i download?
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:iconjdoshie:
jdoshie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
but i have never heard of this patcher thing.
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:iconjdoshie:
jdoshie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
i got the theme and i didnt get the patch thing and it worked perfectly fine why??
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
You probably had it patched
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:iconjdoshie:
jdoshie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
i have never heard of this patcher so i have no idea
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:iconardnahchandra:
ardnahChandra Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
alalalalal
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:iconasdfgfunky:
asdfgfunky Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Why can't I use the red version?
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
what red version?
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:iconasdfgfunky:
asdfgfunky Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Well the color scheme has blue,red,green and something else I don't remember,but only the blue one works...
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Well I guess this one only has one color scheme - sorry
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:iconexposureart:
exposureART Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
nice style, thanks!
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:iconrukawatung:
rukawatung Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Great! Thanks for sharing.
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:iconfpmcornelias:
fpmcornelias Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
can someone help me? i don't now how use this! i've already download it but when i try to use it my computer doesn't detect it. it only search for .*theme not msstyles! help! i love this one!
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
First of all you need XP

Second of all, did you patch uxtheme like it says in the description
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Ok so with all that said, 2 Q's:

[link]

Is the cutting off of the start button intentional?

and I didn't notice this in your ss but I now see its there. Whats with the vertical bar next to the time on the far right? :P
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
alrite - glad you finally got everything working. Also, yes both are intentional. First the rectangle on the right is actually a feature of Windows 7 which shows the desktop but does nothing on XP - its just tehre to imitate Windows 7. Also, resize your taskbar by first unchecking "Lock the taskbar" when you right click the taskbar and make it like the picture on this page is.
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
ah right ok. I was asking about the start button because I usually pull my taskbar up cause I have so many windows open at a time, so with it on a single line it makes sense for it to be cut off.

I just wanted to know if you knew about it =]
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
In addition. Could it be possible that a registry entry has been changed?
And Ive also noticed there is a uxtheme.dll in the c:\windows folder. Is that of any significance?
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
uxtheme.dll should be in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, NOT the Windows folder. Check to see if there is a uxtheme.dll file in C:\Windows\System32 folder and if there is, delete the one that's in the C:\Windows folder. If not, then move it to the System32 folder. If this still doesn't work, you might have to repair install Windows XP using the XP CD which won't delete any files so don't worry. It'll just fix system files. There is also another way but I can't remember what it was. Try asking your question at winmatrix.com.
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Well I figured out what was wrong. (for anyone that googles this and needs a solution)
Apart from me not rebooting when I first tried installing this, the problem laid with the uxtheme.dll file that was sitting in my windows folder....
No idea how that got there.

Anyway, you can't just remove/rename them in windows normally, you need to boot into safe mode, then rename+move it, reboot again then delete it. Why on earth I didn't think to go into safe mode in the first place is beyond me!

Before I did this next step I made sure that there wasn't a copy in the i386 folder or the dllcache folder. (I had replaced them using the XP recovery stuff)
I then replaced whatever version of the dll that was in my system32 folder with the original non-patched one (by renaming the one that was in there, and then immediately copying the original) and rebooted again (still in safe mode).

Came back into safe mode for the last time, and searched anything that was uxtheme.dll and deleted them all apart from the original one which I just put back in (I had loads which had been renamed to things like zzzzzzzzzzzzzuxtheme.dll :P )

Rebooted back in normal mode, and BAM, things work again. Tried the new theme again, and it worked :)

Thanks for your help dude :)
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Oh, and the start menu isn't loaded, its the same theme as the taskbar (classic).

FYI I have the start menu setup as classic view, rather than having it as the XP view, not that that should make any difference.
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
no it shouldn't and ur images don't work anymore - it says it can't find them on the server. It's probable your uxtheme.dll. Did other custom themes work before you tried this one out becuase lots of other people used them too with no problem (including me). Try right clicking on my computer>;properties and then check if you're using xp sp2 or xp sp3. then find the right uxtheme.dll patch and patch it again.
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
ahh, stupid me, I buggered up the link code!:

Your theme not working:
[link]


Zune theme not working (after I tried your theme):
[link]

Well the only themes I used before I tried yours were Zune and Royale - Which are official M$ ones. I then tried yours and it stopped working, so I thought ok, lets go back to zune. BAM, didnt work :(
Im on SP3 and I downloaded the sp3 uxtheme.dll from here:
[link]

And I followed the instructions. I just checked the original uxtheme.dll version which I copied over from my system32 folder, and its indeed the same version as the patched one from that website v6.0.2900.5512 - so to my understanding that is the sp3 version.
I did also try copying the non patched uxtheme.dll back and it still didnt work :(
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
ok I'm not sure if this makes a difference but put the file you downloaded, (name.msstlye or whatever it's called) and make sure to put it in the C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder. You had it in the Resources folder. Then double click the name.msstyle and click apply and then ok. Hopefully this will fix your problem. Also, if you want to change it to the Zune theme, don't go to the "Themes" tab in Display properties but go to the "Appearance" tab. Always go to the appearance tab to change a theme. The "themes" tab is kinda complicated and not many people actually use it.
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Ive put it in the themes folder, and still nothing. Applied it via the appearance tab, and still nothing.

I find it hard to understand why no one else has ever experienced this!
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Indeed. Sorry I should have posted a screenshot from the beginning!
Heres a screenshot:

[link]

As a note, its also messed up my other themes (zune and royale) with the same problem.

[link]
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
I cant seem to get this to work :(

I followed the instructions and have patched the uxtheme.dll but the taskbar doesn't load like in the screenshot, it stays as a classic type theme but the top of windows do. Am I missing something?
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Do the titlebars appear and everything, like the close, max ,min start menu and other stuff. Is it only the taskbar that doesn't appear.
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:iconk3yb04rdc4t:
k3yb04rdc4t Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Ah I didnt see this. I replied on the theme comments section.
I would have PM'ed you had I known how to do it!
Im obviously blind and cant see how to PM someone O_o
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
you click on the person's name and then click on Note and that's how you send them a PM
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:iconcycovince:
Cycovince Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
How did you manage to get that favorites toolbar on the left side of explorer ?
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
That's findeXer. Just google it. It's a pretty cool and very useful app.
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:iconcycovince:
Cycovince Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Thank you very much for your answer! You made my day! all the best!
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
no problem
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:iconthierrz:
Thierrz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Nice,

But, Window Seven with osx icons?
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
lol. That's the way I like it. A little pc, a little mac.
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:iconmazodude:
mazodude Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Best visual theme for xp yet... (of windows 7)
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Thanks.
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:iconpyiro:
Pyiro Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
i got a problem, i think the "msstyles" format doesn't work on my computer. i did copy it in windows, resources , i double clicked it and nothing happened... can anybody help me, please?
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
You probably haven't patched your uxthme.dll . Just google it.
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:iconendruthet:
Endruthet Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Digital Artist
Wow Oo how can i get the Wallpaper???
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:iconharan-hockey:
haran-hockey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
[link] or just search: "Windows 7 wallpaper" in google and/or deviantArt
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