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Style XP

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  • Windows XP
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3.19 Men 11/05/11
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  • Windows XP
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Patch Windows XP to use unsigned visual styles

James Thornton

  • Lots of customization options
  • Comes with a decent range of bundled themes
  • Doesn’t gobble up too much system resources
  • Interface can be a little daunting for novice PCs
  • Possible risk to your system files when installing the software
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How sleek is your desktop? Style XP unleashes the full potential of your Windows XP desktop by allowing you to download and install XP themes. Themes are available for free from ThemeXP and won't slow your computer down while you work or play.

Style XP is not a skinning engine. It uses Microsoft's built-in visual style engine, but enhances it by providing many useful tools. Style XP can import, select, rotate, and manage themes, visual styles, wallpapers, logons, bootscreens, icons, and explorer bar. Future versions may support sounds, cursors, screensavers, and packages of all the above. How does it work? Instead of lines and gradients, the XP user interface natively supports the use of skinned bitmap controls (a visual style). This is Microsoft's own innovation. Style XP includes its own visual styles.

Choose to have Style XP run in the system tray for easy management and selection of new styles, or turn Style XP off for zero-footprint operation. No additional memory will be utilized unless you desire it. Style XP skins are zero-footprint because they use the same Visual Style Source that is built into XP. XP's Visual Style Engine will load and draw our start button with the exact code used to load and draw the infamous green start buttons of the original Blue, Olive Green, and Silver skins.This is done by performing an in memory patch to XP's Visual Style Engine. Style XP does not use SetWindowsHookEx, which can noticeably slow system performance. Nor does it hook the "Appearance" tab on the Display Properties property sheet.

"wrong version of XP ?!?!?!?!"

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Installed just fine.. but on running it I get a "wrong version of XP", followed by a long digit of what my version is, followed by a list of about 20 numbers stating what versions StyleXP DOES work with [of course mine is not listed].

And here I thought XP came in Home and Professional addition, up to SP3. I never realized that XP had 20 [give or take] different versions.

What skins I saw listed looked great, too bad I can't use it. Not sure how to get one of those dozens of versions that are usable.

If any one out there knows what's going on, feel free to let me know.

  • The skin examples look great...
  • see my review!!!!!!!!

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