Windows 7 themes for vista and xp

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Some people have a hard time letting go of Windows XP. If you know someone like that, follow this tutorial và they won"t even know you upgraded them lớn Windows 7.

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I recently suggested that users looking to lớn jump ship from Windows XP should consider a Mac instead. While I still think it"s a good idea, plenty of readers called me crazy; not everyone wants khổng lồ learn to fly by jumping off a cliff. Those who want something more familiar can always turn to Windows 7 instead, and you can make it look almost identical khổng lồ Windows XP with a few quick modifications.


Step 1: download The Luna Theme

The mặc định look that most Windows XP users are familiar with is the Luna theme. This includes the xanh taskbar & the desktop background of grassy, rolling hills.


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Windows 7 does not include this theme, but you can grab it from DeviantART, where a user named Satukoro has put together a popular re-creation. You can"t use the .zip tệp tin yet, though, so phối it aside for now.


Step 2: tải về Universal Theme Patcher

Now you have the Luna theme, but Windows 7 does not fully tư vấn third-party themes by default. Khổng lồ use it you need another program called Universal Theme Patcher. You can grab this from Theme Bin, TCP-Z và a few other websites. Many other websites hosting this utility try to lớn install adware alongside it, so be careful what you click.


Step 3: Install Universal Theme Patcher

Opening the UTP zip file will present you with two executables. One will have x86 in its file name, the other x64. Remember that x86 is for 32-bit Windows installations, while x64 is for 64-bit installations. Install whichever is appropriate for your PC.


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The installer will present a window telling you what version of Windows you"re using and how many files need khổng lồ be patched. Click Yes lớn continue.


Now you"ll see an interface with three sections. Each lists a tệp tin that must be patched. Click each patch button, & then restart your computer.


Step 4: Install The Theme Files

Now find the Luna theme .zip you downloaded and open it. Also xuất hiện Windows Explorer and navigate to lớn C:WindowsResourcesThemes. Copy the files from the zip folder"s themes folder into the Themes directory.


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Right-click any empty space on your desktop and xuất hiện Personalize. In the window that opens you should see a new Installed Themes category, which includes Luna và Luna Aero. Pick Luna for that pure XP look.


Step 5: Adjust The Taskbar

That"s more like XP! But wait - you"re not done. There are some things that the theme won"t change, & we need lớn fix them, beginning with the taskbar.

Right-click the taskbar, click Properties, then change the following options in the window that opens.

Use small icons: Turn on

Taskbar buttons: Set to Never combine.

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Notification area: Customize so that most icons are turned off, or adjust to your preference.


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Apply those changes and close the window. You"ll now see a taskbar that"s very similar to lớn Windows XP. Some icons may linger because they"re pinned, but you can remove them by right-clicking the icon and then hitting Unpin this program from taskbar.


Step 6: tải về And Install Classic Shell

To finish up the changes, you"ll once again have khổng lồ move beyond the mặc định options. Fortunately there"s a program called Classic Shell that can change chip core interface features. Go khổng lồ the Classic Shell website, download, & then install it. This should be simple; there"s no x64 version or adware khổng lồ worry about.


Step 7: Change Start menu Style to Luna

Open the Classic Shell thực đơn Settings application. When you vì so, you"ll see the Start menu Style tab selected. Begin by selecting the Classic with two columns option.


Now go khổng lồ the Skin tab. Click the drop-down option & selection Windows XP Luna. The skin applies automatically when you select it. You can play with a few other options, lượt thích turning user name on or off. I"ll leave those up lớn your preference.


Step 8: Change The Start Button

Now you"re close. You may notice that the Windows 7 start button remains & Classic Shell doesn"t provide an XP look-alike. Don"t worry. Check out the Classic Shell Forums and download the XP-style start buttons provided by the community. Save the image lớn your download thư mục or some other familiar location.


Now open the Start Button tab in the Classic Shell menu Settings application, click the Custom radio button option, và then click <…> next to lớn Button image. Navigate to where you saved the XP-style Start image and select it.


Step 9: Change The Look Of Windows Explorer

You"re almost done. Mở cửa the Classic Explorer Settings utility (it"s in the same thư mục as Classic Shell menu Settings). In the resulting window you"ll see the Windows XP Classic option at the top. Select that.


Personally, I find this setting"s default buttons to lớn be unrealistically large, so I suggest hitting the Show all settings checkbox. This will reveal a number of tabs, one of which is Toolbar Settings. Open that, then un-check the Big buttons box.

Now click OK to exit the utility. Close Windows Explorer (if it"s already open) and then re-open it khổng lồ see your changes.


Step 10: Enjoy Sweet Victory!

If you"ve followed these steps precisely, you"ll end up with an incarnation of Windows 7 that"s strikingly similar to lớn Windows XP. You"ll find there"s surprisingly little compromise khổng lồ this approach. The revised start menu, taskbar & Explorer should be smooth & stable.

You can further customize your experience by dinking around in Classic Shell. Your imagination is the limit, as the tool lets you change font sizes, spacing, button size, button type, and much more. These settings can be used to lớn further emulate XP or to lớn customize Windows to your liking.

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Matthew Smith is a freelance writer living in Portland Oregon. He also writes and edits for Digital Trends.