Access hundreds of cool Windows themes and skins using VistaGlazz – Tutorial 2 – Using VistaGlazz
VistaGlazz 2 has arrived. The new version of the software supports Windows XP (service pack 3 only), Windows Vista and Windows 7. Finally Windows 7 users can get in on the free theme fun!
Although you can easily apply basic themes to your Windows desktop, if you want to get the best looking themes, you’ll need VistaGlazz to patch your ‘uxtheme.dll’ file. Running this utility will allow you to use 3rd party msstyle themes on your Windows PC (both 32 bit and 64 bit versions are supported). These themes can change the whole look and feel of your desktop and go way beyond the simple colour changes that the basic themes implement.
Why do you need to patch or unlock a system file in order to use these themes? Microsoft chose to secure this file so that third party themes could not change the image of Windows Vista too far. Possibly so that they could protect the corporate image of Microsoft and Windows on your desktop. Whatever their reasons, without performing this modification you won’t be able to use third party themes (you can however still use skinning tools like Windowblinds or MyColors as an alternative).
Although Top-Windows-Tutorials.com has tested this modification on several PC’s and we are sure that it is free from any kind of malware, we cannot guarantee that this modification will work for everyone. You may wish to back up your system before you proceed. Furthermore, if you do have problems after patching, you can run the utility again to put things back to the way they were. There are also several troubleshooting tips in the official forum, but unless you are confident working with safe mode and the command prompt, you may be better off taking a full backup before you start
With the disclaimers out of the way, let’s get patching! If you have not installed the software already, follow this tutorial to find out how. Once you complete the installation tutorial and start the program, you should see the following window:-
Click on “I agree”. You will then be taken to the Window shown below:-
Click on the computer icon on the left, it is circled in red in the picture above. Once you have clicked this icon, the following window will appear:-
Click on “Patch files” to install the patch. You will then see the Window shown below:-
Click on “Reboot”. The system will then restart. Once Windows has restarted, you can use third-party themes. If you want to confirm that the modification worked, open up VistaGlazz again. The main program window should look like this:-
Notice the green tick mark in the shield next to the computer. This means the patch has been applied. You can remove the patch at any time by clicking on the computer icon and selecting “unpatch files”. Vista users can also optionally patch Windows Aero to improve transparency effects by clicking on the middle icon.
What can I do now? Now this process is complete, you can install and use any of the advanced themes which require uxtheme.dll to be patched. You can obtain themes like this from customize.org or DeviantArt.com.Once you have completed this tutorial, installing and using these advanced themes is exactly the same as using the basic Windows themes.
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