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UxTheme Patcher for Windows Vista

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#1 Liskiller


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 07:12 AM

Update: If you have installed SP1 or SP2 then please refer following links:
Patched UxTheme Files for Windows Vista SP2
Patched UxTheme Files for Windows Vista SP1


Are you tired of Vista's Aero theme?
A patched uxtheme.dll gave you the freedom to use un-signed custom visual style in Windows XP but in Windows Vista you have to replace three dll files to use third party visual styles.
Those three files are uxtheme.dll, shsvcs.dll and themeui.dll

Download The Patched Files for Vista RTM (non SP2) and Vista SP2.
Download Patched UxTheme Files Pack | [mirror]

How To Install
1. Login as a user with Administrative privileges -or- have Administrative credentials ready (check under the keyboard for a slip of paper).
2. 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 (yes, this is really required)
14. Enjoy!

Now click here and download this nice HilledSE visual style for Vista RTM.
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Update 1: Zyphrax has released an automated uxtheme patcher for Vista. Click here: VistaGlazz

#2 FalseAgent


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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:05 AM

skinning vista is troublesome IMO... <_<

#3 Billy Reynolds

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:47 PM

Sorry but I'm not installing modified dll files offered by someone with 1 post, they could be anything

#4 HingVista


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:06 AM

I altually works. Jemaho also recommends this :)

#5 WinMatrics


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Posted 27 January 2007 - 12:38 AM

People used to make XP look like Vista. What just happened here? :whistle:

#6 ninique


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Posted 27 January 2007 - 02:07 AM

I guess people have used the "Vista look" for so long on their XP pc's that as soon as the real thing comes out, they're already tired of it XD

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 04:22 AM

I love it. Thank you for the uxtheme.dll patch :woot:

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 05:03 AM

Thank a lot. I'll use it soon.

#9 boywonda



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Posted 31 January 2007 - 09:12 PM

Mine doesn't work for some reason. Im running Vista Home Premium on a 32bit system. Foloowed all the instructions and renamed the old files, and I don't see 2 aero selections.

Only thing I see is Windows Aero, Windows Vista Basic, Windows Standard and Windows Classic....followed by some crap talking bout High Contrast and Low Contrast

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 02:31 AM

Could anyone tell me if there is a self-installing version of this out yet? I'm a dummy that can't figure out how to do the registry hack install Thanks

#11 Razor VinT

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:06 AM

Download the installer from HERE.

#12 or dor

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 09:37 AM

I use VistaGlazz

#13 devil2flame


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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:33 AM

Help... I tried replacing the files in both Normal and Safe mode but got "File in use" message.

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 04:43 AM

I have Vista Home Basic and it's not working!!!!!!! I have done this, I have used VistaGlazz, but nothing works! The HilledSE theme is just sitting around in the themes folder doing nothing because it won't appear on the Appearance Properties! :cry:

#15 M.Sudoku


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Posted 10 August 2007 - 07:36 AM

@spoondude: That's because of KB933928 hotfix some msstyles aren't working. Read here!

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 08:05 PM

Works perfect for me.....thanx man.....

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:31 PM

yah yah .. i need help.. i change all the uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.old n now i cant even log in to my windows cause its says there no uxtheme.dll in there n call me to install it.
how can i since i cant even log in to my windows..
how can i install it back?\
pls i need help . urgent....

hope to hear from u all soon@!~

#18 RickSOLET


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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:51 PM

Use Safe Mode and rename or replace the file.

Hold your "F8 Key" while booting which should bring up a menu. Select "Safe Mode" there.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 06:06 AM

Somebody PLEASE help me. I'm on a Dell Inspiron 1545. I followed exactly all of the steps above, I mangaged to change all the .dll files to .old.
Then I rebooted, and basically everything's gone.

I can still log on, at least, but after that there is a pop up box saying this: "This application has failed to start because Uxtheme.dll was not found. Re-intalling this application may fix this problem." I get a few more saying that this program, that program etc cant work because of the same problem.

All I have left is a black screen, my Dell dock and a mouse. :no:

Thankfully my dock has firefox, and the internet works. the only other thing that opens is Microsoft Word Works Processer (I don't have the full Word anyway) I can't open any of my files on Works, only type and print.
All the other things on my dock dont open. For example, when I click on the shortcut to MyComputer, it says "Dell Dock"Class Not Registered"

I've tried a lot of other things that I've seen on google as others seem to have this problem too, but I can't even open My Computer. Windows key + E doesn't open my start bar at all.

I don't want to contact Dell and ask them to reinstall my whole computer as I will then lose all my files. If there is any way of fixing this problem without losing all my files I will be eternally grateful.

Please, please can someone help me. I'm in year 12, and dont know much about computers, so I followed the instructions because it seemed to work for everyone else. I trusted this completely. I don't want complain too much but I just wanted to explain in detail what happened so if someone can help, i'll basically owe my whole life to them!! All my assignments are on this computer. I really need help asap. Preferebly from the person who did the instructions as they basically ruined all my work. :cry:

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:26 PM

You forgot to copy over the patched .DLLs right? So you just renamed the files to .OLD then you rebooted without replacing the files? Well you're going to need to use System Restore.

Boot the Vista DVD by putting it in the tray and restarting. If it doesn't ask you to press any key to boot the DVD, then you're going to have to restart again but boot into the BIOS to change settings.

When the Dell logo screen appears, press the <F2> key or press the <Fn> + <F1> keys simultaneously to enter the BIOS (System Setup).
Press the <Down Arrow> key until Boot First Device is highlighted.
Press the <Right Arrow> key until CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive is shown.
Insert CD-ROM you intend to boot to into the CD-ROM drive.
Press the <Alt> + <B> keys at the same time to Save and Reboot.

So now you should be able to boot the DVD. Click Repair My Computer in the lower left. You will see Windows Vista installed so press Next. Then click System Restore and go through the prompts. When it asks you to select a Restore Date choose one that is prior to you renaming the files.

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